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September 22, 2011

United States
Confirm Robert Ford Confirm Robert Ford

New U.S. ambassador Robert Ford (R) talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after presenting his credentials to Assad, in Damascus January 27, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/SANA). The United Stat…

August 15, 2011

Syria
Should Robert Ford Be Confirmed?

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a rump confirmation for Robert Ford on August 2, attended amazingly enough by only one senator. (The rest had gone home after the debt ceiling vote.) But e…

February 3, 2017

Syria
Why Syria’s War Grinds On

As diplomatic efforts to broker a settlement to the civil war have so far come up short and the Islamic State retains a foothold in the east, a segmented Syria will likely experience reduced but pers…

February 22, 2018

Cybersecurity
hackathon To Build a More Capable Cyber Policy Field, Teach Policy to Technologists

Technologists love to criticise policymakers for their ignorance of of how computer security actually works. Instead of criticising from the sidelines, maybe they should get involved. 

November 29, 2017

Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe: Icon and Kleptocrat

Zimbabwe’s founding father, Robert Mugabe, ushered his country into independence, then established a tyrannical regime and presided over the destruction of the economy. He was ousted in a November pa…

November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Mugabe-Grace-Sally-Wife-Coup Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

August 3, 2011

United States
Syria: How to Avoid Civil War, and What to Ask Ambassador Ford.

I’ve recently written two articles on Syria. In the Wall Street Journal, I discussed what actions might be taken to help avoid sectarian conflict. The longer the current violence continues the more l…

February 23, 2018

Russia
Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin/Reuters Cold War II

A quarter-century after the end of the Cold War, we unexpectedly find ourselves in a second one. The United States and its partners have a large stake in greater Russian restraint while Vladimir Puti…

January 19, 2018

Russia
Reuters Containing Russia, Again: An Adversary Attacked the United States—It’s Time to Respond

The United States must respond to Russia's interference in the 2016 elections by pursuing a strategy of containment. Without a comprehensive response, Russia's meddling will continue.

February 21, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reuters The Uncertain Future of the INF Treaty

Backgrounder examines the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which may now be imperiled by mutual suspicion between Russia and the United States.