by Jack Goldsmith and Matthew Waxman
The expanded use of light-footprint warfare–including drones, cyber-operations, and Special Operations Forces–has established precedents constituting a remarkable legacy of presidential power to use military force, posing a distinctive challenge to U.S. democracy and military strategy ahead.
by Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer
Libya is still undergoing a violent post-Gaddafi transition, with criticisms of the 2011 international military intervention becoming increasingly vocal. Some are justified, but a French policy planning adviser responds to ten other common criticisms, and the myths upon which they are based, to help reassess further Western assistance to Libya.
by Daniel Byman and Sloane Speakman
The Syrian refugee crisis has reached epic proportions and is not likely to abate on its own. These five flawed policy options, ranging from bad to worse, show there is no easy answer, but in the end, doing nothing is morally and strategically the worst option going forward.
by Jung-Hoon Lee and Joe Phillips
A 2014 UN report has given rise to a new strategy, reflected in the March 2016 sanctions: embracing human rights as an effective tool, not a distraction, in reducing North Korea’s security threat and, eventually, increasing the chances of Korean unification. The next step–enforcement–could follow one of at least four different channels.
by Theodore P. Gerber and Jane Zavisca
Since the onset of the Ukraine crisis, the Russian government has stepped up its propaganda demonizing the Euro-Atlantic alliance and challenging its key goals. But is it effective? A new survey conducted by the authors in four countries shows it is a force to be reckoned with, but has achieved mixed results, even in Russia itself.
by John Langmore and Ramesh Thakur
Most attention on UN reforms has focused on the Security Council’s five permanent members and failed. A potentially fruitful area might be to identify improvements in the numbers, terms, selection process, and roles of the ten elected members (E10).
SAUDI-IRAN FUEL ON THE SECTARIAN FIRE
by Stig Stenslie
In January 2015, King Abdullah died and his half-brother, Salman, became king. Three months later, King Salman sparked an apparent succession crisis, reshuffling his own son, Muhammad bin Salman, to be deputy crown prince. In a country that does not follow primogeniture, is the battle among “third-generation princes” for the House of Saud’s future already on?
by Jill Ricotta
With Shia-Sunni tensions escalating and the official January 2016 breakdown of Iran-Saudi Arabia relations, Arab Shi‘a are left in a precarious state. Marginalized and disillusioned, they are often driven toward Iran by the self-fulfilling prophecies of the United States and others, fueling a deadly sectarian cycle.
by Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai
To begin to work to stabilize a region on the verge of collapse, Iran and Saudi Arabia need to find common ground: Yemen is the area of overlap. It is a high priority for Riyadh and low for Tehran, which can and is willing to compromise.