National Security Research Division

  • What Should Trump Do About Gitmo?

    The new administration has options to deal with the detention facility established 15 years ago at Guantánamo Bay. It could maintain the status quo, make improvements to speed the trials, close the facility and relocate the remaining inmates, or accept new detainees.

  • The Art of (Cyber)War

    Senior Scientist Cynthia Dion-Schwarz participated in NPR's January 9th "1A" show, the successor to the Diane Rehm show. Dion-Schwarz was one of four guests who discussed "The Art of (Cyber)War." Other guests included Sen. Mike Rounds, U.S. senator from South Dakota (R); Laura Galante, director of global intelligence, FireEye: a cyber security company; and David Rothkopf, CEO and editor, FP group, which publishes Foreign Policy Magazine.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • How the West Can Press Putin to Keep Assad In Order

    Apr 24, 2017

    Moscow has achieved tactical successes in Syria, but without Western and regional help, its long-term strategic interests could be at risk. Denying strong evidence that the regime of Bashar al-Assad attacked civilians with sarin gas makes it harder for Moscow to obtain the Western and regional help it needs to secure its interests there.

  • Despite Promising Signs, China's North Korea Policy Unchanged

    Apr 24, 2017

    Official statements and public discussions on China's willingness to punish or otherwise influence North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a direction favorable to U.S. interests have been optimistic lately. But China's continued support of the North should temper expectations.

  • China's Role in Dissuading North Korea from a Chemical Weapons Attack

    Apr 24, 2017

    North Korea's brash pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and disregard for chemical weapons norms are enormously troubling. China's engagement will be essential in convincing Kim Jong Un that the use of chemical weapons is a red line that cannot be crossed.

  • Five Eyes at 70: Where to from Here?

    Apr 21, 2017

    The Five Eyes intelligence alliance of the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand began in the Cold War to meet the threat posed by the Soviet Union. Today, the nations' intelligence communities must contend with domestic terrorism and cyber threats while remaining ahead of Russia and China.

  • The Ukraine Crisis: Why Everyone Loses

    Apr 19, 2017

    The Ukraine conflict has left every major actor involved worse off than it was before, and a resolution seems as elusive as ever. An inclusive dialogue on the regional order could be the first step toward defusing the conflict.

  • (Withholding) Judgment of the U.S. Missile Strike on Syria

    Apr 19, 2017

    Any feeling person would welcome the Syrian regime being constrained from future chemical weapons use against its own people. However, it is unclear whether the U.S. missile strike will achieve that outcome. It could invite unintended consequences.

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