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Defense & Security

ISIS Fighters Will Be Punished for Their Actions. Their Children Need Our Protection.

From repatriation, to direct services, to assurances from their home countries that they will be treated with dignity, the children of ISIS fighters can be one step closer to escaping their parents’ horrible choices with help from governments and the international community.

Finding Peace Between the Wickets: Cricket Diplomacy in India and Pakistan

Given their shared love of cricket, India and Pakistan should find a way for their respective leagues to collaborate in a bid to thaw relations, improve infrastructure, and reap financial gain.

Iran, Enrichment, and Arms Control

The NPT does not grant a right to enrich, as Iran claims. However, it does allow for verification-based access to nuclear power.

Foreign Aid Should Persuade, Not Coerce

The Trump administration has demonstrated a willingness to use foreign aid to coerce countries like El Savador into adopting favorable policies. But what are the long-term consequences of this approach?

Tariffs Won’t Stop Chinese Influence in Latin America

Sen. Rick Scott claims that tariffs on China can combat rising Chinese influence in Latin America but this would only serve to increase Chinese influence in the Americas.

Support the Troops: Invest in Civilian Power

Investment in civilian institutions can reinforce U.S. engagement, reinforcing a U.S. military that has been overstretched in recent years.

A Nuclear Global Zero is Not Yet Possible

Verified reduction and rigorous export controls are the only ways to concurrently keep nuclear weapons from proliferating, while reducing the global number of states with warheads and weapons down to a more manageable level.

Echoes of Monroe: The Need for Soft Power in the Caribbean

As China’s influence in the Caribbean grows, the United States will need to use soft power to build on its relationship with the region and to compete with Chinese engagement.

Did North Korea Violate International Agreements?

Mixed signals from the Trump Administration raise questions about whether the US is willing to punish DPRK violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Border Security in West Africa

Boko Haram in Nigeria, Haqqani Network in Pakistan, National Liberation Army in Venezuela, and Al Shabaab in Somalia - what regional similarity do they all share that allows their organizations to destabilize their regions? What major security issue must these countries address if they hope to finally defeat these organizations?

An Ecosystem Approach to Child Dignity and Safety Online

In this interview, Dr. Joanna Rubinstein, CEO of Childhood USA, discusses the sexual abuse of children online. She advocates for a global system approach when combatting such violence.

North Korea and the United States: No Exit?

Arms talks between the United States and North Korea have been stalled since February 2019, and now that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared an end to his self-imposed nuclear weapons and missile testing moratorium there’s little immediate hope for talks to continue.

Book Review: Everything You Have Told Me is True

Everything You Have Told Me is True brings an updated in-country perspective to the shadowy role of Islamist militant group, al-Shabaab, in Somalia. From Mogadishu to London, and through interviews with refugees and terrorists alike, she explores al-Shabaab’s immense resilience, begging the question: is al-Shabaab here to stay?

A Failed Multilateral Consensus on Women, Peace, and Security

NATO is now five years out from the institution of its women, peace, and security action plan. How has the trans-Atlantic treaty organization pursued the WPS agenda, and what shortcomings still remain?

A Return to Militarism: The Symbolism of Recent North Korean Missile Tests

As the year comes to a close, North Korea's new nuclear missile tests should heighten security concerns for the United States and place pressure on the Trump Administration to change strategies.

Why Would Turkey Need Nuclear Weapons?

Recent comments made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have stoked fears that Turkey might pursue nuclear weapons. So why would Turkey need nuclear weapons, and how serious was Erdogan?

Oil and Stability: Good Enough to Keep the US in the Gulf?

For decades, the safe transportation of oil from the Persian Gulf has been a major security concern for the United States. But there are reasons for the U.S. to reevaluate whether it truly needs to invest military resources in protecting it.

The Iran Cables and Beyond: A Conversation with Murtaza Hussain

Managing Editor Mike Sexton spoke with The Intercept's Murtaza Hussain about the recently released Iran Cables investigative piece -- and what they tell us about the region's future.

Did Russia Achieve its Goals in the Sochi Summit?

President Putin’s Sochi Summit brought an unprecedented number of African leaders to Moscow, developing Russia’s prestige as a supplier of arms to the continent and rattling the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

Is U.S. Credibility Really in Danger?

Last month, the US moved its troops out on the Syrian-Turkish border out of the way of an impending Turkish incursion against Kurdish forces. Did the US lose its credibility as a result of this decision?