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  • In Its Relations with Russia, Can the U.S. Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time?

    Aug 6, 2017

    A U.S. policy of unremitting hostility toward Russia won't command domestic support or secure European backing. Neither will a policy of comprehensive collaboration. Washington needs to confront Moscow where necessary and cooperate where possible.

  • While Americans Fight the Taliban, Putin Is Making Headway in Afghanistan

    Jul 31, 2017

    The Russians are ramping up political, economic, and propaganda activities to improve their image and reestablish their influence amid pervasive corruption that is impeding progress in Afghanistan.

  • China Will Regret India's Entry Into the SCO

    Jul 24, 2017

    Russia first proposed India as a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization likely in part to complement bilateral economic and security engagement, but mainly to constrain China's growing influence in the organization.

  • Russian Information Warfare: A Reality That Needs a Response

    Jul 21, 2017

    For the last three decades, Russia has exploited its growing capabilities in cyberspace to spy on, influence, and punish others. The West will continue to struggle to hold Moscow accountable, in part because international law falls far short of fully defining the rules or resolving conflicts.

  • NATO: Prepared for Countering Disinformation Operations in the Baltic States?

    Jun 7, 2017

    NATO alliance countries deploying to the Baltics should prepare to deal with increasing levels of disinformation. An open and robust communication strategy could be crucial in tackling a sophisticated Russian disinformation campaign aimed at disrupting support for these deployments.

  • Georgia Wants Reassurance That America Will Help Deter Russia

    May 25, 2017

    Georgia is an emerging democracy in a difficult region with mainly authoritarian regimes nearby. To overcome severe challenges from Russian military occupation and economic weakness, it deserves sustained Western support.

  • A Turning Point in U.S-Turkish Relations?

    May 21, 2017

    While Turkish President Erdoğan and U.S. President Trump emphasized the positive aspects of bilateral relations after their meeting, there remain points of contention. The stakes at this meeting and its outcome are high for both Turkey and the United States, and could mark a major milestone in the relationship.

  • Russia in Action, Short of War

    May 9, 2017

    The West needs to work more quickly and coordinate better to offset Russia's capabilities, aggressiveness, and success. Responding to Russia's hostile influence involves predicting Russia's targets, identifying the tools it's likely to use, and playing the long game rather than focusing on near-term events.

  • Regional Action Needed to Prevent Syrian Chemical Attacks

    May 8, 2017

    Action must be taken to deter future use of chemical weapons. Regional leaders could call for the International Criminal Court to indict Assad for war crimes. Also, borders with Syria could be sealed to prevent any of the remaining stocks from leaving the country.

  • How Trump Can Deter Russia and All of America's Other Enemies

    Apr 26, 2017

    There is no such thing as blanket deterrence. Rather, one must deter a specific adversary from taking a specific action. A holistic approach should include ramping up U.S. capabilities to anticipate emerging threats, including events that are unlikely to happen.