Security and Defense News

With Russia, Belligerence Is Easy, Peacemaking Is Tough

Nov 30, 2015
"As long as Russia’s appetite for military force has been growing, Russia’s ability to use soft power, never large in the first place, has been diminishing," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

An Unnecessary Crisis

Nov 28, 2015
Henri Barkey gives some possible reasons behind this week’s high-stakes standoff between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin.

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Syria

Nov 24, 2015
Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey comments on Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet, calling it a “dangerous escalation.”

The Russia-West Thaw Was Brief

Nov 24, 2015
Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande have vowed to put together a broad, anti-terrorist coalition that would go beyond previous disagreements and even sectarian conflicts. But Tuesday’s downing of a Russian fighter and the major differences that remain between Russia and the United States may prevent this grand vision from being implemented soon, writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

The encryption fight is overblown

Nov 20, 2015
"We must demand that law enforcement agencies be as innovative as their targets. To start, this means reinvesting in old-school human intelligence," writes Meg King.

Why the U.S. Should Be Paying Attention to Russia’s Latest Strikes in Syria

Nov 19, 2015
"It seems Russian bombers are back, and this time not for show, but to demonstrate the capability to conduct long-range precision strikes," writes Michael Kofman.

Does Paris Open a Door for Putin?

Nov 19, 2015
The events in Paris may provide an opening for President Vladimir Putin to overcome Russia’s international pariah status, but much will depend on how Europe and the United States respond to his overtures.

After Paris, are Paktika and Peshawar Next?

Nov 19, 2015
A number of political and sectarian factors make the likelihood of ISIS expansion into Afghanistan and Pakistan unlikely, but the sinister possibility of a future rapprochement between ISIS and al-Qaeda should not be ruled out completely.

The ISIS Primer

Nov 19, 2015

The Lessons of Post-9/11 Border Management

Nov 18, 2015
Although the initial response to acts of terrorism often focuses on the perceived vulnerability of border crossings, recent advances in border management technology and policies can mitigate threats while allowing a relatively free flow of people, goods, and capital.