Publications

Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia-Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

Jul 09, 2015
The eyes and ears of much of Asia will be on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he delivers a speech in August 2015 to commemorate 70 years since the end of World War II. It will undoubtedly be the most scrutinized of Abe’s public addresses to date.

Promoting a Global Energy System for U.S. Security

Jul 09, 2015
A surge in oil and gas production in the United States signals a new era of energy security. But the United States will not achieve an energy independence unrelated to other parts of the world because world energy markets today are inextricably interconnected. The United States should instead lead development of a new Global Energy Security System to spread energy development, make energy markets more responsive and efficient, and protect energy transport.

The Geopolitics of European Security: The Consequences of U.S.-Russia Tension

Jul 07, 2015
At the present moment of obvious tension between Moscow and Washington, it may be tempting to dismiss the likelihood of progress on any diplomatic front, let alone in the complex multilateral format of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The Geopolitics of European Security: The Consequences of U.S.-Russia Tension

Jul 07, 2015
At the present moment of obvious tension between Moscow and Washington, it may be tempting to dismiss the likelihood of progress on any diplomatic front, let alone in the complex multilateral format of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Tlatelolco Tested

Jul 06, 2015
Ryan Musto explores the unprecedented role played by OPANAL, the control agency for the Latin American Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, in addressing the first accusations of a militaristic violation of a NWFZ in history during the Falklands/Malvinas War.

Kennan Cable No.10: A Strategy for Economic Assistance to Ukraine

Jul 02, 2015
To help Ukraine avert disaster, the United States and Europe need a strategy for providing political and economic support that matches available resources to the complex reality of Ukraine’s economy, politics, and society, and that encourages the emergence of a Ukrainian-led vision for the country's future.

Iran and Syria: The End of the Road?

Jun 30, 2015
In recent months, Bashar al-Assad has suffered numerous setbacks on the battlefield against Syrian opposition forces, and his position is looking increasingly precarious. His longstanding ally, Iran, has been alarmed by these events and has reacted rapidly in a bid to shore up the position of the Ba’athist regime. This article provides an overview of Tehran’s policies and objectives in the Syrian conflict. It also sheds light on developments that have accentuated Iran’s tendency to look at the Syrian crisis as a zero-sum game, and on its possible future behavior depending on the different scenarios that could unfold in Syria.

A Mandate for Mexico

Jun 29, 2015
Mexico is at a critical juncture. The record shows that the first wave of reforms that began 30 years ago failed to deliver the desired boost to economic growth and competitiveness. The reforms now underway promise even bigger changes for the economy, particularly by opening up the long closed petroleum industry. This study offers a qualitative analysis of the deep economic reforms undertaken in Mexico during the past 30 years, the progress made and informed opinions on what is needed today to boost economic growth, enhance competitiveness and, hopefully, increase employment.

Pakistan's Interminable Energy Crisis: Is There Any Way Out?

Jun 29, 2015
Pakistan is convulsed by power shortages that at times have approached 50 percent of total energy demand. And yet the country's energy problems are arguably rooted more in shortages of governance than of pure supply. This new publication offers a series of recommendations to ease one of Pakistan's most serious and intractable challenges.

Rolling Thunder? Saudi Arabia Discovers the Limits of Air Power

Jun 25, 2015
Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have been bombing Yemen relentlessly with critical American support for three months now—yet this air campaign has had little effect on their foes, the Iranian-backed Houthis who still control most of the country. The Arab coalition is facing the same dilemma as the United States in Iraq and Syria: what to do when overwhelming air power fails to achieve political objectives because of an acute deficit of local support to change the balance of power on the ground.

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