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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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Labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Authors: Mark Dubowitz and Ray Takeyh
Foreign Affairs

The Donald J. Trump administration would be correct to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, argues CFR’s Ray Takeyh with Mark Dubowitz. Terrorism has been a defining feature of the IRGC since its inception in 1979, and the power of the IRGC needs to be curbed before the Islamic Republic can be tamed.

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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

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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

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Islam in Europe

Speaker: Conrad Hackett
Speaker: Ed Husain
Speaker: Jocelyne Cesari
Presider: Nick Schifrin

Experts discuss the integration of Islam into greater European culture with the influx of refugees into the European Union, and the rise of far-right politics across the continent.

See more in Europe; Religion