Defense and Security Articles

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 9, 2014 (AP photo by Mark Wilson).

After Promising Start, Iraq’s Abadi Must Confront Maliki—and Iran

By Frederick Deknatel
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In attempting to rein in Shiite militias and create a more inclusive government, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is taking on his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki, who still wields significant influence in Iraq through the Interior Ministry and judiciary, while also taking on Iran’s “shadow state.” more


Global Insider

Modi’s BJP Seeks Inroads in Kashmir Elections

By The Editors
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The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir’s phased voting process for local elections continued over the weekend. In an email interview, Sten Widmalm, professor at Uppsala University in Sweden and author of “Kashmir in Comparative Perspective,” discussed politics in Kashmir. more

Global Insights

Putin Courts Modi to Advance Russia-India Economic Ties

By Richard Weitz
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On Dec. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin became the latest suitor to court Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi on the latter’s home territory. While New Delhi has ended its Cold War alignment with Moscow, India and Russia still share many overlapping interests, as the visit clearly illustrated. more

Global Insider

The Costly F-35 Program, or How Not to Build a Warplane

By The Editors
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Canada may scale back its purchase of F-35 fighter jets citing rising cost, according to a government report released last week. In an email interview, David Axe, editor of War is Boring, discusses the current status of the F-35 program. more

Strategic Horizons

To Create Order, the U.S. Needs a Strategic Vision

By Steven Metz
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America’s global strategy once coherently linked U.S. actions in different places and on different issues. Today it does not, instead treating each security challenge in isolation. The reason for this incoherence is clear: The United States has no unifying strategic vision. more

Energy Trumps Politics in Turkey-Russia Relationship

By Maria Savel
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Last week in Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he is scrapping the South Stream pipeline project to bring Russian gas to Southern Europe. Russian attention is shifting to a new pipeline to Turkey, turning the country into a crucial Russian partner and a major international energy hub.

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Global Insider

In Iraq, Regionalism Another Casualty of Islamic State

By The Editors
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The Iraqi government agreed Tuesday to a long-term oil wealth sharing deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). In an email interview, Kirk Sowell, a political risk analyst who is the publisher of the biweekly newsletter Inside Iraqi Politics, discussed regionalism in Iraq. more

Special Report

Breakout Capacity: Iran in the Rouhani Era

By The Editors
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Hassan Rouhani assumed the presidency of Iran last year amid great expectations for reform at home and renewed engagement abroad. From nuclear negotiations to the crises in Iraq and Syria, Rouhani’s term has so far been a mixed bag, offering hope but not yet transformation, as the articles in this report show. more