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Russia in the Middle East at a Time of Growing Tensions: A View from Israel

As the targeted killing of Qassem Suleimani is reshaping power alignments in the Middle East, Russia is determined not to let its influence in the region weaken. From Russian weapons deliveries to Turkey and Iran, to the civilian nuclear reactor the Kremlin is helping Egypt build, to Vladimir Putin’s recent surprise visit to Syria: all of these are meant to send a message of the Kremlin’s intention to remain a player in the region. What are Russia’s strategic objectives in this moment of change? Is Russia looking to fill the power vacuum left by a weakening Iran?

Brazil’s Mass Incarceration Policy Has Not Stopped Crime

How Brazil’s overcrowded and underfunded penitentiary system contributes to the country’s public security crisis

Border Security and Counter-Narcotics

Cross-border criminal activity fueled by illegal drugs is causing great damage in both Mexico and the United States.  The two governments need to prioritize forging an agreed strategy and action agenda to tackle this serious problem.  They should establish a permanent cabinet-level group to oversee bilateral counter-narcotics and cross-border crime cooperation and to monitor progress.

Defense One Tech Summit 2019: The Role of Technology in Great State Competition

Today's national security leaders, industry and allies face a growing power competition between the United States, China and Russia where breakthrough technology will be more critical than ever. On June 27, 2019, leaders in government, military, industry and academia gathered at the 4th Annual Defense One Tech Summit to discuss emerging technologies and their likely impact on national security tactics and strategy. 

A 'World Class' Military: Assessing China's Global Military Ambitions

The Dangerous Business of Defining Trade Threats

It’s been just over three decades since members of Congress smashed a Toshiba boombox with great fanfare on the footsteps of Capitol Hill in protest against the flood of Japanese exports into the United States. The visual of three Congressmen and women wielding sledgehammers made clear the U.S. legislators’ wrath against the ever-growing trade imbalance between Japan and the United States at the height of the trade war in 1987.