Security and Defense

Perceptions of the OSCE in Europe and the U.S.

The current level of tension between Russia and the West has led many experts to look to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for solutions. In a new publication, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has asked experts from 14 member states, including Russia and the United States, to assess the perception of the OSCE in their countries. The panelists will discuss the conclusions of this report and the importance of continued cooperative security in the future.

Book Talk: China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Geopolitics

The Chinese-Russian relationship has gained momentum since 2014, although there are still issues that limit the potential for cooperation. Authors Sharyl Cross and Paul Bolt will use their latest book, "China, Russia, and Twenty-First Century Global Politics" (Oxford University Press, 2018), to examine the military, economic, and ideological aspects of the contemporary Sino-Russian relationship and how this evolving strategic partnership affects the world order.

Another Grim Milestone for the War in Afghanistan

Recent days have marked another grim milestone for the war in Afghanistan.

Last week, the Taliban stormed the city of Farah, the capital of a province by the same name in western Afghanistan. For a brief period of time, the insurgents seized and held several government facilities before being pushed out by Afghan ground forces and U.S. air strikes.

This is devastating news, not just for an Afghan nation exhausted by nearly two decades of a brutal and bloody insurgency, but also for the U.S. war effort.

New Year, New Strategy: Shifting Policies on North Korea in 2018

After more than a year of escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear provocations and a war of words with President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un began 2018 with a new approach: diplomatic outreach.

A season of North Korea summits began with Kim’s surprise trip to Beijing to meet China’s Xi Jinping before an April summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and an anticipated summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, scheduled to take place in Singapore on June 12.

U.S. National Security Strategy: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Tensions continue to rise in East Asia, not least with the continued threat of a nuclear North Korea, coupled with China’s ever-growing military, economic, and political aspirations for regional hegemony. Expectations for Japan to play a critical role to ensure peace and stability have increased as a result, and strong ties between Tokyo and Washington remain critical for the two sides to work closely together.