International Security News

Where Have All the Arab States Gone?

Apr 16, 2015
Why don’t (or can’t) the Arabs take more responsibility for the problems that affect their region?It’s their neighborhood, after all.

Throw the Bums Out

Mar 27, 2015
"It may be that Congress votes down whatever authorization makes it to the floor; it may be that members pass a measure that’s too narrow, or too broad, or too incoherent... But if we wage a duck-and-run operation, executed by half measures, our nation and our Constitution lose," writes Jane Harman.

Mr. Ghani Goes to Washington

Mar 19, 2015
"Ghani may have many friends in Washington, both inside and outside government. Ultimately, however, it is his friends (and some foes) back in Afghanistan whom he will need to lean on if the country’s many challenges are to be overcome," writes Michael Kugelman.

The Risks in Negotiating With Syria’s Assad

Mar 15, 2015
"Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments Sunday that the Obama administration is considering negotiating with the Assad regime to achieve a political settlement in Syria is less stunning news than an acknowledgement that U.S. policy toward Syria has failed," writes Aaron David Miller.

How the CIA can get from spy to cyberspy

Mar 12, 2015
"No agency employee should be able to say 'cyber' isn't in their job description," writes Jane Harman.

In Iran, a Range of Reactions to Netanyahu’s Speech and Nuclear Talks

Mar 05, 2015
"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s unrelenting condemnation of the nuclear agreement being negotiated with Iran was received with ovations in Congress and by audiences at AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby. In Iran, however, the response has been more varied and more nuanced," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

5 Reasons to Think a U.S.-Iran Deal May Be Near

Mar 05, 2015
Unless you are on the inside and in touch with the rhythm of the talks, it’s tough to assess matters accurately, but here are five reasons to think a deal may be closer than ever according to Aaron David Miller.

Presidents Obama, Bush Sound a Lot Alike on Countering Islamic Extremism

Feb 20, 2015
"Despite the partisan squabbles in Washington, President Barack Obama’s recent speeches on countering extremism could have been given by a Democrat or a Republican," writes Robin Wright.

Disrupting the Intelligence Community

Feb 20, 2015
"Too often, the preference is to tap terrorists’ phones and send spy satellites in search of hidden training camps, not to read the tweets of a 19-year-old jihadist. But in an era of online radicalization, indoctrination often happens in plain sight.," writes Jane Harman.

Redefining Russia: Putin’s Agenda

Feb 20, 2015
Does Vladimir Putin have an ideology? And if so, what does it tell us about his goals for Russia? Whatever Putin’s agenda or the ideas that drive it, Russian aggression in Ukraine has stirred up tensions not seen since the Cold War in ways that are redefining Russia and its relations with its neighbors and the world. Veteran journalist turned scholar Jill Dougherty returned from a recent trip to Russia and provides insights into the developing situation.