National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Book Review: 'Strategic Asia 2015–16, Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific'

    Nov 30, 2015

    Which nations have the resources and motivations to either cooperate with or frustrate Washington's designs? What liabilities and assets reside with each country? The book, Strategic Asia 2015–16, surveys some of the most powerful nations in Asia with such questions in mind.

  • Brussels Locked-Down Heartbeat: A View from Within

    Nov 27, 2015

    To understand Molenbeek, the Brussels district that can be linked to most of the terror attacks on European soil in the past 18 months, it's necessary to examine the broader political and cultural context in Belgium.

  • The SDSR: A Step Forward, but Questions Remain

    Nov 27, 2015

    The United Kingdom's Strategic Defence and Security Review contains a number of commitments that will be welcomed by defense and security experts. But some unanswered questions will play a critical role in determining the overall success of Britain's security strategy.

  • Improving the U.S. Security Assistance Model

    Nov 18, 2015

    The United States often approaches security assistance the same way it did in Vietnam, with the same results. A better way would be to focus on politics and shaping the political context.

  • Flirting with Genocide in Burundi: Paying Attention Could Save Lives

    Nov 18, 2015

    Burundi has been afflicted by political violence since April. President Pierre Nkurunziza, who helped bring peace to the country in the last decade, is risking everything for the sake of staying in power. He is dragging the country backwards after 10 years of progress.

  • ISIS Will Become More Deadly Before It Dies

    Nov 18, 2015

    The lesson with ISIS is straightforward. Western populations should be prepared for an upsurge in violence if ISIS continues to lose territory. There has already been a growth in attacks and plots across the West with operational or inspirational ties to ISIS.

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