Defense and Security Articles

Anti-balaka militiamen at in their base in the Bimbo neighborhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, May 31, 2014 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
Global Insider

CAR Still Haunted by Ethnic Divisions as It Tries to Build Peace

By The Editors
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In the wake of recent violence in the Central African Republic, the United Nations announced today that it is sending an additional 1,000 peacekeepers to the war-torn country. In an interview, the Brookings Institution's Amadou Sy discussed the political and security situation in CAR. more


Global Insights

Spoilers Emerge as Iran Nuclear Talks Reach Delicate Endgame

By Richard Weitz
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With the deadline for a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program fast approaching, critical players have been expressing opposition to a deal they perceive as too lenient. In this context, the role played by Russia and China in the negotiations could prove critical for the success of any deal. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Can the U.N. Deliver for Obama on Iran, Israel-Palestine Deals?

By Richard Gowan
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Barack Obama’s influence on the future of U.S. foreign policy is shrinking as he nears the end of his presidency. But he might use his leverage over U.N. diplomacy to push through deals on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. If he does, the U.N. could struggle to deliver. more

Strategic Horizons

Contrasting Strategic Cultures Drive U.S.-Israel Split on Iran

By Steven Metz
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Unlike Israel, the United States has far-ranging, interconnected global concerns and a uniquely idealistic strategic culture. How the U.S. deals with Iran reverberates outside the Middle East, and done badly, it might advance Israel’s security while degrading American interests elsewhere in the world. more

Global Insider

Israel Finds Fruitful Defense Partnerships in Southeast Asia

By The Editors
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Earlier this month, the director general of Israel’s Defense Ministry was in Hanoi to discuss boosting defense ties with the Vietnamese defense minister. In an interview, Alvite Singh Ningthoujam of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi discussed Israel’s defense relationships in Southeast Asia. more

The Realist Prism

U.S. and West Should Not Count Russia’s Putin Out Just Yet

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The crisis in Ukraine and the political situation in Russia look dramatically different when viewed through the prism of Chinese media. The appeal of the Chinese version of events could help explain why U.S. efforts to marginalize Russian President Vladimir Putin on the world stage have met with little success. more

Diplomatic Fallout

U.S. to Europe: Don’t Go Soft on American-Led Global Order

By Richard Gowan
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The U.S. sent its European allies some stern signals about their obligations to the American-led international order last week. The criticisms revealed a deeper concern about challenges to U.S. leadership in the international system—and Europe’s commitment to sustaining American primacy. more

Strategic Horizons

To Fight Boko Haram and IS, Build Resilient Regional Networks

By Steven Metz
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Frustrated by 50 years of failed nationalism, today’s most dangerous insurgents rely instead on a transnational ideology drawn from religion. The only thing that can defeat adaptive transnational extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State are resilient transnational counter-extremist networks. more

The Realist Prism

Will GOP Senators’ Open Letter to Iran Derail Nuclear Deal?

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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On Monday, 47 GOP senators published an open letter warning Iran’s leadership of the perils faced by any deal on Tehran’s nuclear program concluded solely on the basis of U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive authority. The letter’s impact will depend on three sets of Iranian calculations. more

Global Insights

With Good Game Plan, U.S. Can Tough Out NPT Review Conference

By Richard Weitz
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Next month’s Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty promises to be much more contentious than the previous 5-year review conference held in 2010. However, with a good game plan, the Obama administration can limit the damage to U.S. interests and the nonproliferation regime. more