Senior Fellow Stephen Sestanovich argues that to understand where Vladimir Putin will lead Russia, viewers should look to three things in his state of the union address: how he defines the country’s present problems, what he proposes as solutions to them, and how he sets out his long-term vision for Russia.
China’s unexpectedly easy cooperation with the U.S. on climate change, security and trade says a lot about the interests at the very top: Barack Obama’s legacy and Xi Jinping’s ambitions, says Elizabeth Economy.
In a new column for The Washington Post, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden makes the case that in order for President Obama to be effective, he needs to forget the golfer mentality that he has developed during his time in office and bring back the basketball-style hustle that helped him win the White House.
Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking reflect on the recent U.S. 2014 Midterm Elections, which saw a strong Republican resurgence. Looking ahead, they argue that President Obama may focus more on foreign policy initiatives in his last two years in office – just as President Bush after 2006.
Who leaked the New York Times story claiming that Obama was thinking of shaking up his foreign policy team? Leslie H. Gelb suggests how we might solve this mystery and think about the importance of the tale.
Xi Jinping's reforms are designed to produce a corruption-free, politically cohesive, and economically powerful one-party state with global reach: a Singapore on steroids. But there is no guarantee the reforms will be as transformative as the Chinese leader hopes, says Elizabeth Economy.
President Obama can't move on domestic policy, but still has the power to make headway abroad—especially with Iran (to explore a Mideast strategic overhaul), China (to emplace a viable and critical Asia pivot), and Russia (to prevent a new little Cold War). He shouldn't throw this last chance away.
Barack Obama's handling of national-security issues is so widely seen as weak and ineffectual that we risk losing sight of something important: the strong personal stamp he has put on his administration's choices.
Americans and Congress repeatedly claim that President Obama is not "tough" enough. Micah Zenko discusses the idealistic concept of strength and basis upon which leaders are judged, concluding: "Foreign policies should not be judged upon the tone and tenor of their announcements, but rather upon their merits and their success."
What happened to the Atrocities Prevention Board (APB) created by President Obama in 2012? Amelia Wolf argues that if the United States wants to make mass atrocity prevention a "core national security interest" some changes must be made to ensure the APB's existence beyond the Obama administration.
In Obama's West Point speech, he presented a new strategy: to jump out of the Afghan frying pan only to leap back into the Mideast fire... and beyond that, into the ever-smoldering terrorist and tribal horrors of Africa, says Leslie H. Gelb.
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Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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