International Security News

The Coalition of Convenience

Sep 18, 2014
"The problem won't be fixed by a coalition of hangers-on and the not-so-willing -- nor, frankly, by the superwilling. This is ultimately a Syrian and Iraqi problem; it will require the kind of local buy-in that doesn't exist now and perhaps has never existed," writes Aaron David Miller.
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Which Boots on the Ground Can We Trust?

Sep 17, 2014
"I do think boots on the ground are necessary to achieve the mission... but the face of the boots on the ground ought to be a Muslim face from the region," says Jane Harman in this interview on Morning Joe.

Not a War on Terror, a War on an Ideology

Sep 17, 2014
" 'War on terror' was always a misnomer. Terror is not our enemy; it’s a tactic. Unfortunately, by framing our actions in a linguistically sloppy way, we’ve hurt our narrative with several important groups," writes Jane Harman.

Putin's Playbook

Sep 16, 2014
"So what is Mr. Putin up to, my American friends and colleagues keep asking. He is, quite simply, bent on preserving and expanding his personal and Russia’s international power...the methodology in his playbook is constant and ruthless." writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Boko Haram Takes Cues from ISIS: Ferocious New Friends?

Sep 16, 2014
Maiduguri, a key state capital in northeast Nigeria of two million people is now vulnerable -- just as Mosul in Iraq was to a swift takeover by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Four Terror Threats More Grave Than Islamic State

Sep 15, 2014
While ISIS is among the most terrifying terror threats to emerge in recent decades, Washington inflates the risks it poses to the U.S. homeland. Washington should be more focused on these four groups in particular, writes Michael Kugelman.
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White House Unveils New Russia Sanctions

Sep 13, 2014
"I think what he feels is that this is a way for him to boost his domestic economy. He really feels that he can go it alone," says Jill Dougherty about Vladimir Putin's reaction to new western sanctions against Russia.

10 Takeaways From Obama’s Speech

Sep 11, 2014
Robin Wright discusses ten key points from President Obama's Wednesday night address on a new strategy to confront the Islamic state. She writes that, "rarely have two journalists had such an impact in directing a nation to military action. Their deaths may not be totally in vain."

Ukraine’s Battle for the East is Over

Sep 10, 2014
"By the time Ukraine’s leaders are ready to make the politically tough choices that could restore stability in the East, and achieve an understanding with Russia, they will be in a far worse bargaining position than when the Anti-Terrorist Operation began in June," writes Michael Kofman.

The Ukrainian Crisis is at a Point of No Return

Sep 10, 2014
"As Russia continues to set the agenda on Ukraine and the West continues to implement the same ineffective strategy, Ukrainians feel increasing abandoned," writes Alina Polyakova.

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