National Security Research Division

  • How Does Russia View the International Order?

    Russia sees the U.S.-led international order as a threat to its interests. U.S. and Russian interests overlap in some areas, such as counterterrorism. But they are directly opposed in others. What are America's policy options?

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • The Post-Arab Spring Experience: Q&A with Shelly Culbertson

    Aug 23, 2017

    It's too early to say whether the Arab Spring will turn out to be a success or not. It was about people in the region deciding what they did not want and rising up against it, but they hadn't worked out what they did want. Many of them still have hope.

  • Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy: Governing from the Center?

    Aug 22, 2017

    The president has embraced a national security establishment strategy for Afghanistan with a veneer of Trumpian flourishes that do not alter its essence. The result is likely to disappoint some of his supporters and to be criticized by his opponents, but it will also secure a measure of bipartisan support.

  • How We Can Keep Iran from Becoming the Next North Korea

    Aug 22, 2017

    The U.S. brokered an agreement to constrain North Korea's nuclear program 25 years ago but hard-liners abandoned it with vague intentions of coercing the North into something better. They never did, and now a runaway North Korean program poses real danger. This offers a powerful reason to preserve the Iranian nuclear deal.

  • Understanding North Korea

    Aug 18, 2017

    How should the U.S. respond to North Korea's provocative behavior? Even the best military options could be cataclysmically bad, but there are nonmilitary options to convince Kim Jong Un that the costs of his provocations outweigh any benefits.

  • When the Car Is a Terror Weapon, Can We Prepare for Attacks?

    Aug 18, 2017

    Soft targets, so-called because they are more vulnerable to terrorism due to lower levels of security, are notoriously difficult to protect, and the latest shift to using vehicles to conduct ramming attacks only compounds the problem for authorities.

  • The Islamic State May Be Failing, but Its Strategic Communications Legacy Is Here to Stay

    Aug 17, 2017

    The Islamic State's caliphate is collapsing but its legacy will live on virtually because of its information operations. The scale of the menace presented by the group today pales in comparison to other global challenges, yet it manages to dominate and terrorize the public mind.

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