International Security News

Drawbacks to the Saudi Offer to Send Troops to Syria to Fight ISIS

Feb 09, 2016
As compelling as the idea of large numbers of Saudi ground forces fighting ISIS may seem, this is probably an idea whose time has not yet come writes Aaron David Miller.

Erdogan’s Foreign Policy Is in Ruins

Feb 05, 2016
Just a few short years ago, Turkey was heralded as one of the region's rising powers. What happened?

Missing From Geneva Talks: A Process That Could Lead to Peace in Syria

Feb 03, 2016
Peace conferences are usually good for two things: starting a credible process or ending one. What’s happening in Geneva, ostensibly aimed at stopping the conflict in Syria, lacks sufficient buy-in from key parties to produce either result writes Aaron David Miller.

A U.S. Blueprint for Syria

Jan 27, 2016
Why does Russia always seem to be a step ahead of the U.S. in Syria? The answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants.

Former Scholar Hussain Nadim Recognized in Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 Law and Policy Global Leaders

Jan 21, 2016
Former visiting scholar Hussain Nadim has been recognized by Forbes Magazine in it's 30 Under 30 list of global leaders in Law and Policy for his work with the Asia Program at the Wilson Center.

The Case for a Two-Track U.S. Approach to North Korea

Jan 20, 2016
Robert Daly writes that, whether through sanctions or dialogue, the United States should be prepared to act with and without China.

Release of U.S. Sailors Is a Win for Rouhani and Iran’s Moderates

Jan 14, 2016
The prompt release of the 10 U.S. Navy personnel captured Tuesday by Iran’s military shows that, finally, more sensible counsels are prevailing in Tehran, write Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak.

Saudi Arabia and Iran's Forever Fight

Jan 13, 2016
"The Saudi-Iranian cold war is going to be one of the defining features of the new Middle East. Here’s why," write Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky.

Iran-Saudi Arabia Tensions Flare

Jan 05, 2016
As tensions flare between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Middle East Program Fellow David Ottaway provides perspective on the troubled relationship and its impact on the region.

Fallout From Saudi Cleric’s Execution Underscores Mideast Challenges

Jan 03, 2016
It would be irrational to conclude that U.S. actions and inactions hadn’t contributed to the messes in the Middle East. But the region’s challenges are rooted in internal, religious, and sectarian problems that are not amenable or conducive to U.S. military power or political persuasion; and they are spread among allies who have their own needs and agendas. Three recent events underscore this.

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