International Security

Rebalance to Asia and U.S.-Philippine Tensions

Fiery rhetoric from President Rodrigo Duterte has created tensions between the US and the Philippines and also raises regional questions about President Obama’s intended “rebalance” toward Asia. Relations with this important Pacific ally can be added to the long list of issues awaiting America’s next president. Should the US take Duterte’s tough talk seriously? That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

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How to Achieve Real Strategic Victory in Mosul

The allied forces are about to liberate Mosul from the grip of Islamic State. Yet they should not be thinking only about a military victory. The shadows of Libya and Iraq should also loom large in their thoughts.

Deconstructing the U.S.-Russian Impasse Over Syria

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To Mourn Is Not Enough

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A Russian charter plane went down last Saturday in Egypt taking 224 lives with it. It is Russia’s largest plane crash ever. None of the possible causes of the tragedy, from a technical failure, to human error, to a terrorist act, have been ruled out. As confusion rules, I thought I’d provide a glimpse into the public discussion of the tragedy.

The Russia-West Thaw Was Brief

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After devastating terror attacks against Russia and France, both countries are now at the center of a changing global security agenda. Both countries have ramped up their military operations in Syria. Both presidents, Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande, have vowed to put together a broad, anti-terrorist coalition that would go beyond previous disagreements and even sectarian conflicts.

Russia’s Way of Managing Responsibility or Why the Kremlin Will Have To Escalate in Syria

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The Beginning of the End of Russia’s Estrangement from the West

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Russia’s Moving Targets

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Measuring the success of Russia’s largest and most recent “cross-border” projects—Ukraine and Syria—is extremely difficult. What could be considered Russia’s ultimate goals there?

With Russia, Belligerence Is Easy, Peacemaking Is Tough

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It’s tempting to think about Vladimir Putin as a politician enjoying a carte blanche of infinite proportions. He can annex territories, send troops to far-away places, cut spending on his people’s healthcare, and still get stellar approval ratings. But this is the reality of today’s Russia: being expansionist is easier for him than being focused on domestic policy issues.

The Kremlin Cannot Afford to Stop Propping Up Its Constructed Reality

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