International Security News


Earning the Trust of “Digital Natives”

Sep 26, 2014
In order to effectively navigate the online environment in a manner that builds trust while also addressing security needs, government and non-government actors must address the questions and concerns of a generation raised in a digital world. The most tech savvy among us, as both citizens and practitioners, will have a lot to say about the future of digital surveillance and the laws that will regulate such activity. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Ironies in Obama’s U.N. Address

Sep 25, 2014
"As Washington teams up with autocratic regimes–some of which notoriously use the cover of their faith to justify unfair policies–the United States may have credibility problems among the very people it hopes to help," writes Robin Wright.

Americanasaurus and the March to War in Syria

Sep 25, 2014
"In the words of the late Fouad Ajami, I suffer from the prejudice of low expectations. I'll own up to it. But after watching the United States operate in this broken, angry, and dysfunctional region under both Republican and Democratic administrations, and considering our allies and enemies in this situation, we damn well better keep our expectations real," writes Aaron David Miller.

Interpreting Iran’s Mixed Messages

Sep 24, 2014
"These mixed messages suggest that the Iranian leadership is either split over relations with the United States and the handling of the ISIS crisis in Syria and Iraq, or that it hasn't decided exactly which positions to adopt at a time of rapid and unpredictable change," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Obama Can’t Destroy the Islamic State Without Iran’s Help

Sep 24, 2014
"Nobody should underestimate the challenge of defeating ISIL. But the prospect of this crisis leading to an alignment of U.S., Sunni and Iranian interests holds out the prospect of finally creating lasting stability in the Middle East," writes Jack A. Goldstone.

The Coalition of Convenience

Sep 18, 2014
"The problem won't be fixed by a coalition of hangers-on and the not-so-willing -- nor, frankly, by the superwilling. This is ultimately a Syrian and Iraqi problem; it will require the kind of local buy-in that doesn't exist now and perhaps has never existed," writes Aaron David Miller.

Boko Haram Takes Cues from ISIS: Ferocious New Friends?

Sep 16, 2014
Maiduguri, a key state capital in northeast Nigeria of two million people is now vulnerable -- just as Mosul in Iraq was to a swift takeover by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Why NATO Needs Turkey in the Fight Against ISIS

Sep 08, 2014
"When you look at ISIS, it's in at least two countries - you have it in Iraq and you have it in Syria - and that complicates exactly how you can go against them and deteriorate their ability to carry out terrorist acts. You have to have countries in the region who support this (campaign against ISIS). It can't be a west against this group (ISIS), it has to be other countries and especially countries from that region," says Jill Dougherty.

Bad as Baghdadi? Pakistan’s Most Dangerous Man

Sep 08, 2014
"If there is one militant organization capable of approaching the sheer savagery of Islamic State—and of approaching the extent to which social media is used to showcase such savagery—it is the Pakistani Taliban," writes Michael Kugelman.

Does Climate Change Pose a Threat to U.S. National Security?

Sep 04, 2014
According to a symposium of national leaders, profound and pervasive changes are already underway. They say that climate change related changes are affecting infrastructure, commerce, and the military in ways that compromise national security. Their discussion is the focus of this edition of REWIND.