Defense and Security


The Hacked World Order

Author: Adam Segal

Beginning with the Stuxnet virus launched by the US at an Iranian nuclear facility in 2010 and continuing through to the most recent Sony hacking scandal, A Hacked World Order exposes how the internet has ushered in a new era of geopolitical maneuvering and reveals the tremendous and terrifying implications for our economic livelihood, security, and personal identity.

See more in Global; Cybersecurity; Technology and Foreign Policy

Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 54

Addressing North Korea’s Nuclear Problem

Author: Scott A. Snyder

Since defecting from Six Party negotiations on denuclearization in 2008, North Korea has pursued nuclear development unchecked by international constraints. Scott A. Snyder outlines steps the United States should take to lead coordinated multilateral action opposing North Korea’s nuclear status, while still leaving a denuclearized North Korea a route for regime survival. 

See more in North Korea; Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament

Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 27

Armed Confrontation Between China and India

Author: Daniel S. Markey

Although China and India have repeatedly demonstrated a mutual desire to prevent conflict, the potential for their relationship to deteriorate is ever present. A border clash, conflict with Pakistan, maritime skirmish, or crisis over Tibet could raise tensions to the point of armed confrontation. Daniel S. Markey explains how the United States can promote peaceful relations between the world's two largest countries.

See more in China; India; Diplomacy and Statecraft; Regional Security


Russian Plane Crash Over Egypt

Speaker: Steven Cook
Speaker: Graeme Wood
Speaker: Anya Schmemann

A Metrojet Airbus, bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in the Sinai desert shortly after take-off from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Saturday. All 224 people on board, mostly Russian citizens, were killed. Could the self-proclaimed Islamic State have bombed flight 9268? As the investigation continues, please join CFR experts Steven A. Cook and Graeme Wood to discuss the potential implications of the tragedy for Egypt, Russia, and the United States.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Terrorism; Homeland Security


Millennium Challenge: The Real Story of a Corrupted Military Exercise and Its Legacy

Author: Micah Zenko
War on the Rocks

Millennium Challenge 2002, a U.S. military red teaming exercise, was doomed to fail from the start. In an excerpt from his book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, Micah Zenko tells a more comprehensive version of the story than has ever been told, featuring interviews with numerous leaders of the military exercise.

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Primary Sources

Remarks by Assistant Secretary Russel: U.S.-Asia Policy Update

Daniel R. Russel, assistant secretary at the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, spoke at The Asia Society in New York City on November 4, 2015. He discussed the Obama administration's "rebalance to Asia," which includes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and developments in the region, such as maritime disputes and diplomatic meetings between leaders from China, Japan, and South Korea.

See more in United States; Asia and Pacific; Grand Strategy; Territorial Disputes


Why Your Secure Building Isn’t

Author: Micah Zenko

Though employees may think their company’s office building is secure, the outward appearance of security is rarely correlated with the actual protection of that building, or the people and contents within. In an excerpt from his book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, Micah Zenko details how penetration tests are used to identify vulnerabilities in a building’s physical security.

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Inside the CIA Red Cell

Author: Micah Zenko

Micah Zenko gives the first, ever look inside the CIA’s Red Cell—a unit tasked with conducting alternative analyses to anticipate threats and challenge conventional thinking. This is an excerpt of his book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy.

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