United States News

Don't Doubt the Ceasefire

Feb 22, 2015
"Even if the second Minsk agreement falls through­—and it likely will sometime this year—it stands a good chance of ending the fighting in Ukraine. Those who doubt that, because of how abruptly the first one collapsed, misinterpret the contexts in which the two agreements were made," writes Michael Kofman.

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.

Washington: The Wrong City at the Right Time

Feb 18, 2015
"Unless those Muslim leaders themselves are prepared to acknowledge the problem of radical Islam as partly of their own making, and take steps to root it out, little will change," writes Aaron David Miller.

The Next European Flashpoints

Feb 15, 2015
"The crisis in Ukraine is now the crucible. How it turns out may influence Russia’s future stance toward its neighbors, and the extent to which the West will support them against any future Russian coercion," writes Ian Bond, Denis Dorboy, William Courtney, and Kenneth Yalowitz.

Kayla Mueller and the Sad History of Hostage-Taking

Feb 11, 2015
"The nation is grieving Kayla Mueller. Unfortunately, she is not likely to be the last hostage to die in captivity," writes Robin Wright.

How to Boost Border Competitiveness? Just Ask the Folks There.

Feb 10, 2015
Christopher Wilson and Erik Lee discuss seven ideas to strengthen competitiveness at the U.S.-Mexico border. These ideas are drawn from a compilation of 27 ways to strengthen border competitiveness, outlined in the report "The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition."

Should U.S. pay ransoms?

Feb 10, 2015
"Giving into murderous terrorists is horrible. Giving up on the lives of innocent human beings in the name of a principle when there might be real and serious possibilities of saving them is worse," writes Aaron David Miller.

From Khamenei, Conditions for a Deal on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Feb 08, 2015
"The supreme leader said that any deal that does not respect Iran’s rights would be a bad deal, and he reiterated his condition that if there is to be an agreement, all sanctions must be lifted 'in the real meaning of the word,'" writes Haleh Esfandiari.

What should America do with Guantanamo’s high-risk detainees?

Feb 06, 2015
"Guantanamo cannot and should not be closed until there is a concrete plan to prosecute these men, or, if necessary, detain them in a lawful way that ensures they can never inflict grievous harm again," writes Jane Harman and Jack Goldsmith.

The Illusion of a Hostage Policy

Feb 03, 2015
"Hostages taken today may nominally be victims of a single group, but they are caught up more fundamentally in a dysfunctional region-wide configuration. To end the broader problem will require brokering among leaders from Lebanon to Pakistan about the future of the region, both politically and physically," writes Robin Wright.