Americas

Readiness Gap? What Readiness Gap?


Over the past few months, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), chair of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), has consistently raised the specter of a “readiness gap” in the U.S. military stemming from shortfalls in equipment, training, and general funding brought about by the mandatory 2013 budget cuts known as...

Americas

Fixing America’s LOST Policy


Israeli ground forces reached the outskirts of Beirut and fought the largest air battle since the Korean War, shooting down at least 82 Syrian fighter jets. The Falkland Conflict entered its final, and most intense, round of fighting. Nearly a million people marched in Central Park demanding global denuclearization...

Asia

New World Powers and the International Game


Have you ever tried playing a strategy game like Risk? One in which the objectives and the rules were created decades before you were born? As you play the game and begin to understand the different strategies, you’ll ultimately start to ask yourself whether a particular rule makes sense or whether you can find a...

Asia

One Belt, One Road: From Dream to Reality?


Although the Silk Road Fund has been well financed, many of the infrastructure projects have met significant obstacles. Will China see this aspiration of regional trading unity become a reality? China has made the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative a top...

Asia

Chinese Foreign Investment Faces Stiff Opposition in the West


As the owner of the second-largest economy in the world, China has made foreign investment inroads everywhere, from natural resources and infrastructure in the developing world to prime real estate such as the Waldorf Astoria in New York. However, recent...

Americas

News of a Kidnapping: The End of the Sinaloa Cartel?


It was like a scene from a movie: truckloads of gunmen drive up to an upscale restaurant, interrupt a party, round up the men of the group, and lead them away at gunpoint. But what may have passed for just another kidnapping in Mexico soon turned into...

Middle East

3-D Printing and the Islamic State: Pivotal Moment, or More of the Same?


To listen to some policymakers and pundits talk about 3-D printing, it seems to be the harbinger of World War III, a “game-changing” technology that could result in nonstate actors like ISIS becoming incalculably deadlier. United Nations (UN)...

Asia

Regime Change in Central Asia: A New Era…of what?


With the passing this week of Uzbekistan’s leader of 27 years, Islam Karimov, the future of the nation and its foreign allegiances in the geopolitical landscape comes into question as the three superpowers – the United States, the Russian Federation, and...