Security and Defense

Russia in the Middle East: A View from Israel

Since Russia entered the Syrian conflict in September 2015, it has positioned itself as a major player in the region. Israel, in particular, has had to contend with Russia’s presence directly across its border. How does Israel perceive Russia’s influence in the region? How does it impact Israel’s ability to maintain its security interests? The speakers will address these questions and related issues.

Book Talk: The Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security

National security is one of the most ubiquitous terms in politics today. The term was initially understood as protecting a country against internal subversion and external military attack, but over time its definition has expanded to cover anything that poses a threat to a country’s ability to wield the tools of statecraft. The editors of The Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security will use their new book to analyze the key issues and roadblocks confronting those working to improve national security and advance national interests.

Trump Sets in Motion Chinese and Russian Blueprint in Singapore


China and Russia, two players with deep historical ties to North Korea, were conspicuously absent at the scene of the Trump-Kim handshake.

Both China and Russia, along with the United States, South Korea, and Japan, have participated in the six-party North-Korea resolution process, which started as early as 2003. But it was U.S. president Donald Trump who—jumping the laborious multilateral process—stole the spotlight and welcomed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to the free world.