Security and Defense News

How Putin's Boldness on Syria Trumps U.S.

Sep 15, 2015
"The Syrian regime is weakening and isn’t much as an ally. But when it comes to Syria, Mr. Putin has got Iran in his corner, too. That’s more than Washington can say," writes Aaron David Miller.

An Afghan Prison Break That Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

Sep 14, 2015
"Ghazni represents something close to a worst-case scenario for Kabul and its allies in Washington: a province where state authority and control are collapsing in the face of relentless Taliban assaults." said Michael Kugelman

Iran's Nuclear Chess: After the Deal

Sep 09, 2015
In his updated monograph, Robert Litwak addresses the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran and assesses its terms and prospective implementation, as well as the implications should the agreement not be implemented.

Putin’s Strategy is Far Better than You Think

Sep 07, 2015
Is Vladimir Putin a strategic genius or not?

Why the Russian air force keeps recklessly testing America's defenses

Sep 01, 2015
Russia's intensified military overflights have caused Western consternation. Moscow's strategic bombers and fighters plow the unwelcoming Western skies, violating airspace across Europe, and taking cruises to the Caribbean, South East Asia, and the U.S. coast. American allies from Japan to Norway are forced to scramble constantly to identify and escort Russian aircraft out of their air identification zones.

Fences of Fancy: The Refugee Crisis in Europe

Aug 31, 2015
Former East European Studies scholar Tibor Purger explores the refugee crisis in Europe as it plays out on border between Serbia and Hungary.

Death, Taxes, and the Slow Destruction of Syria

Aug 27, 2015
Given this president’s core beliefs — and the circumstances in which he is operating — the “do something, but not a lot” approach in Syria was foreordained. And here’s why, in more or less Obama’s own words.

Obama's Failure to Learn in the Middle East

Aug 27, 2015
"Whether you count yourself a fan of President Barack Obama's Middle East policies or a foe, one thing should be stunningly obvious by now: A good part of the president's foreign policy travails in this region stem from a pattern of needlessly high-flying rhetoric," writes Aaron David Miller.

Security Strategies to Combat Drug Violence in Mexico

Aug 24, 2015
This infographic compares President Enrique Peña Nieto and former president Felipe Calderón's security strategies to combat drug violence in Mexico.