Defense and Security

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U.S. Should Support NATO and Offer Reassurances to Russia, Says New Council Special Report

“[Vladimir] Putin’s aggression makes the possibility of a war in Europe between nuclear-armed adversaries frighteningly real,” writes Kimberly Marten in a new Council Special Report on tensions between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). She outlines how U.S. policymakers can deter Russian aggression with robust support for NATO, while reassuring Russia of NATO’s defensive intentions through clear words and actions based in international law.

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Article

How North Korea Evades UN Sanctions Through International "Front" Companies

Author: Scott A. Snyder
Forbes

North Korean sanctions evasion has largely eviscerated the intent and impact of UN sanctions resolutions designed to block international financial and material support for North Korean nuclear and missile development efforts. Aside from the obvious Chinese loophole, the assassination of Kim Jong Nam has shone a bright light on another major portal for North Korean illicit actions and sanctions evasion: Malaysia.

See more in North Korea; Weapons of Mass Destruction; Sanctions

Event

Civil-Military Relations in the New Administration

Speaker: Janine Davidson
Speaker: Michèle A. Flournoy
Speaker: John M. Paxton Jr.
Presider: Thom Shanker

Experts discuss the role of civil-military relations in the development of military advice; evaluate early changes to the national security system under President Trump; and consider possible reforms to the presidential decision-making process.

See more in United States; Military Leadership

Testimony

Cyber Strategy and Policy: International Law Dimensions

Author: Matthew C. Waxman

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 2, 2017, Matthew C. Waxman addressed some of the international law questions most relevant to cyber threats and U.S. strategy and made recommendations for U.S. leadership in the evolution of related international rules. Waxman argued that even though international law regarding cyber capabilities is not yet settled, existing rules can support a strong cyber defense strategy. Since many of the international law questions depend on specific, case-by-case facts, and are likely to be highly contested for a long time to come, the United States should continue to advance interpretations that support its strategic interests and effectively constrain other states’ behavior.

See more in Global; United States; Cybersecurity; International Law

Article

Turkey and the GCC: Cooperation Amid Diverging Interests

Authors: Steven A. Cook and Hussein Ibish
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

Since the ruling Justice and Development Party took power in November 2002, Turkey’s relations with Gulf Arab states have gone through four distinct phases, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. Turkey started out as a good neighbor and problem solver before it made a bid for regional leadership, which led to a period of estrangement and then an uneasy rapprochement today.

See more in Turkey; Regional Security; Diplomacy and Statecraft

Op-Ed

We Need Answers to Questions About Russia and the White House That California Rep. Devin Nunes Won't Even Ask

Author: Max Boot
Los Angeles Times

“I think we all need answers…. I’m not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered.” Those are the words not of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Tom Perez or any other partisan Democrat but of former President George W. Bush, speaking Monday, and the questions pertain to Russia’s role in trying to rig the 2016 presidential election.

See more in Russian Federation; Presidents and Chiefs of State; Intelligence

Event

Water and U.S. National Security

Speaker: Joshua W. Busby
Speaker: David Michel
Presider: Paul B. Stares

As part of the Center for Preventive Action's Flashpoint Roundtable Meeting Series, Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and David Michel, nonresident fellow at the Stimson Center, discuss global water issues and their effect on U.S. national security.

See more in United States; Regional Security; Global; Water Security