What to Watch at the BRICS Summit in Brazil
The meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa this week highlights the potentially positive role the group could play in revitalizing the global system of partnerships and alliances to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.
Sarajevo Centennial: Old Orders Collapse and Today’s Turbulence Is a Legacy
The tinderbox of circumstances and realities that required only the tiniest of sparks to plunge the world into thirty years of global chaos a century ago are in many ways still with us today. The first Great War destroyed monarchies, redrew a continent, and reminded the world of the destruction mankind is capable of.
Building Foreign Security Forces as a Counterterrorism Strategy Is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Approach
Before embarking on a new $5 billion fund to support foreign counterterrorism efforts, the United States should closely examine its record in helping to build security-force capacity in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
On the Brink: Managing the ISIS Threat in Iraq
Issue Brief The Obama administration needs to launch a comprehensive strategy for the region and prepare for the possible targeted use of force in Iraq to halt the rise of a new terrorist group that could threaten America.
U.S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation and Competition
Report A new era of extremism, sectarianism, and competition between regional powers requires the United States to update its regional strategy.
Jordan in the Eye of the Storm
Report As Jordan wrestles with the effects of the Arab uprisings and the Syrian civil war, the United States should support the country’s political and economic reform.
Ukraine’s Road to Normalcy
Sunday’s presidential election is a major milestone in Ukraine’s return to normalcy, but the country is not out of the woods yet.
Caring for Those Who Serve: Key Facts About the Veterans Affairs’ Health System in the Wake of the Waitlist Allegations
The allegations of long wait times and secret waiting lists at the Phoenix VA hospital is a serious concern and must be addressed immediately. But we must also not lose sight of the VA system’s successes, as well as its steady improvement in recent years.
Looking Ahead to Egypt’s Uncertain Summer of Trials and Tribulations
There is no doubt about who will win Egypt’s upcoming presidential election, but what the next president will do—and whether Egypt will stabilize—remains unclear.
Climate Change, Migration, and Nontraditional Security Threats in China
Report This report examines the implications of the nexus of climate change, migration, and security in five Chinese hotspots. Our analyses highlight the overlays of these factors in key regions and discuss their impact on domestic and regional policymaking.
Applying Universal Goals to the United States
Report One of the most innovative elements of the emerging post-2015 global development agenda is a focus on universality. What would that mean in the United States?