by Bruno Tertrais
Throughout the world, history is making a comeback—with a vengeance. The four main strategic challenges the West faces -- China, Iran, ISIS, and Russia -- are grounded in history. And the West is not ready.
by Michael J. Green and Matthew P. Goodman
Trade has always defined order and power in the Asia-Pacific. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), while not perfect, can help positively shape regional order, the balance of power, and a rising China, and ultimately help sustain the post-war US-led global order itself.
by James Goldgeier and Jeremi Suri
To help frame the most difficult and important foreign policy decisions the new president will face, an effective national security strategy is needed once again. Successful strategies since 1949 yield a set of key lessons learned including that it must be released early in a new administration.
by Jong Kun Choi
U.S. policy toward North Korea is based on wishful thinking: despite repeated predictions of its imminent collapse, the Kim regime has proven it is not going anywhere. Meanwhile, the U.S. policy of “strategic patience” is counterintuitive and counterproductive for two reasons.
by C. Christine Fair and Sumit Ganguly
The Pakistani foreign and security policy establishment has propagated at least five egregious and pernicious myths to promote what they deem to be Pakistan’s vital interests, while alienating India and contributing to flawed U.S. policies. All five myths need to be put to rest.
by Harsh V. Pant
India’s strategic evolution has entered uncharted waters. Despite India’s vulnerabilities and long history of strategic diffidence, there are signs that the Modi government is both using soft power more effectively and rethinking the role of the military, building a new approach to India’s use of power.
by Cornelius Adebahr
The U.S. government faces continued domestic resistance to even limited cooperation with Iran. Therefore, the responsibility to advance even this limited agenda will fall to Europe. Despite being absorbed by three crises of its own, here’s how Europe can be proactive...
by Khaled Elgindy
Recent protests centered on Jerusalem stem from anger not only over Israel’s occupation and the moribund Arab-Israeli peace process, but also deep-seated Palestinian frustration with their own leadership. The basic assumptions that have held the Palestinian national movement together for the last several decades are now coming apart.
SYRIA IN RUINS
by Marcus DuBois King
Original research shows that water scarcity has been a driver of conflict in Syria and Iraq. In fact, the use of water in warfare is likely to become an even greater factor unless countervailing strategies are designed and implemented by states committed to defeating the Islamic State and other extremists.
by Daniel Byman
Syria is at a crossroads; so is U.S. policy. The range of choices is wide, but all of them are bad. A more realistic discussion of policy options should reflect their many potential advantages, limits, and costs, outlined here...