International Security News

To Mourn Is Not Enough

Nov 03, 2015
A Russian charter plane went down last Saturday in Egypt taking 224 lives with it. It is Russia’s largest plane crash ever. None of the possible causes of the tragedy, from a technical failure, to human error, to a terrorist act, have been ruled out. As confusion rules, Max Trudolyubov provides a glimpse into the public discussion of the tragedy.

A Little Bit of Sugar Helps the Pill Go Down: Resilience, Peace, and Family Planning

Nov 03, 2015
A recent article by Malcolm Potts, Aafreen Mahmood, and Alisha Graves of the University of California Berkeley’s OASIS Initiative notes that family planning has an important role to play in building peace by increasing women’s empowerment and their agency. “The pill is mightier than the sword,” as they put it.

Showdown in the South China Sea

Oct 28, 2015
Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly explains the American and Chinese perspectives on the showdown in the South China Sea.

Five Takeaways From Bashar al-Assad’s Secret Visit to Moscow

Oct 21, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad surprised the world on Tuesday with an unannounced meeting in Moscow. Here are five takeaways from the visit.

The Next Refugee Crisis: Afghanistan

Oct 21, 2015
"The new surge of refugees began with the Taliban’s offensive this year, and intensified after fighting reached populated areas like Kunduz. Last month, employees at Afghanistan’s passport agency said they were issuing an average of 2,000 passports daily — triple the number of six months ago," writes Michael Kugelman.

Deconstructing the U.S.-Russian Impasse Over Syria

Oct 13, 2015
Are the United States and Russia poised to act at cross-purposes with each other or is some kind of synergy possible?

Russian Military Action in Syria

Oct 08, 2015
Now that Russian military action in Syria is underway, we asked Kennan Institute Director, Matt Rojansky, to help us understand what they intend to achieve. Can Russia help bring an end to the ongoing conflict, or will the situation escalate due to Russian intervention?

Triple Threat: America, China and Russia on the Path to Conflict?

Oct 06, 2015
"The current conflict could prove to be as dangerous as the U.S.-Soviet confrontation that shaped the last century, and it will undoubtedly be far more complex. That is above all because of the massively increased power and yet still ambiguous intentions of a third key actor: China," writes Matthew Rojansky.

If China and the U.S. Wants the South China Sea Disputes to Cool Down

Oct 06, 2015
In May 2015, a CNN exclusive showed a US military surveillance aircraft overflying features at low altitude that China had expanded by land reclamation in the South China Sea. The Chinese navy warned the aircraft to leave the area eight times in response to the plane’s claim that it was overflying international airspace. The incident caused uproar in the West, which portrayed China as trying to claim international waters as its own sovereign territory. In China, the incident spurred warnings that if the US bottom-line is that China has to stop land reclamation, then a China-US war is inevitable.

Engaging Iran and Russia on Syria, the U.S. Has a Weak Hand

Sep 28, 2015
"But if we engage Mr. Assad’s two allies over his fate, we should be under no illusion on what the outcome is likely to be: a never-ending transition that keeps him in power (for a good while) and Russia and Iran as the key eternal actors in the Syrian drama," writes Aaron David Miller.

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