Security and Defense News

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

Nov 19, 2014
"There was a certain amount of naiveté rooted perhaps in the mistaken idea that hope and change -- so effective in getting the president elected -- were somehow relevant to the world of Middle Eastern politics," writes Aaron David Miller.

US-China Relations After APEC: The nature of Sino-American relations is rapidly changing. And that’s a good thing.

Nov 18, 2014
"Overall, China’s rise to greater regional power and America’s loss of global hegemon status are inevitable. The only real question is whether that transition will lead to more cooperation between a China and U.S. who increasingly share responsibility for major global issues, or to conflict," writes Jack A. Goldstone.

Save the Date: IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea Friday December 5, 2014

Nov 14, 2014
On Friday, December 5, 2014, the 2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea features discussions on "Marketization, Social Change, and the Impact of the Korean Wave in North Korea", and another panel discussion on the topic "Reporting on North Korea: Challenges, Problems, and Pitfalls".

Is Russia planning a winter offensive?

Nov 13, 2014
"The invasion of Ukraine and confrontation with the West have whipped up nationalist sentiment, but Russia has run out of foreign policy victories to feed to the fire," writes Michael Kofman.

Media, M.D.

Nov 12, 2014
“The increased media spotlight could affect the government's approach to funding, research, and communication about prevention [of diseases]-- shifts that could potentially impact thousands of lives annually,” writes David Rejeski.

Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope on Mexico’s drug cartels and ongoing violence

Nov 07, 2014
Director Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope discuss the ongoing violence and what Mexico is doing to combat the cartels on CCTV America's The Heat.

It’s Complicated: The Evolving Dynamics of Iran’s Relations With Iraq and Syria

Nov 06, 2014
In this Context interview, Jubin Goodarzi, Middle East scholar and analyst, discussed the complicated regional dynamics among Iraq, Syria, and Iran.

Why Sending Weapons to Ukraine Would be a Terrible Idea for the US

Oct 27, 2014
"The Ukraine Freedom Support Act grants permission to send Ukraine a variety of weapons, ammunition, and specialized equipment to fill gaps in its current military’s capabilities. But it completely misunderstands what Ukraine needs. And if the US goes down this road, it will be sleepwalking into a proxy conflict with Russia," writes Michael Kofman.

Former Kennan Scholar wins the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Award

Oct 23, 2014
Kate Brown, 2007 Kennan Institute Research Scholar, was recently awarded the 2014 Albert J. Beveridge Award for her book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, which provides an account of the first two cities to produce plutonium, Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia, and how these idealistic communities helped conceal the fallout from the nuclear programs.

Can Oil Sanctions Push Russian Economy Into Recession?

Oct 22, 2014
"It [Russia] is facing a lower price for oil. It is confronting a rising Ruble. In a diverse economy, you could take advantage of such circumstances, but Russia doesn't have a diverse economy and it won't be able to," says Will Pomeranz.