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June 2, 2022

Military Operations
How the Army Is Revamping Its Culture in the Wake of Tragedy

A series of troubling incidents within the U.S. Army—including the killing of Specialist Vanessa Guillén in 2020—has prompted the military service to push for major changes to its culture. 

People pay respects at a mural of Vanessa Guillen.

September 23, 2022

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and domestic calls for reform? A look at the government’s organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Close up of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving an address

October 20, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Iran’s Protesters Want Khamenei Gone. Who Is Iran’s Supreme Leader?

Many in Iran’s women-led protests are calling for the removal of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an end to the Islamic Republic. Here’s what to know about Iran’s top political and religious authority.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gestures and speaks in to a microphone while seated. The Iranian flag is seen behind him.

March 25, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
More Than a Few Good Women: Improving Hemispheric Security by Advancing Gender Inclusivity in Military and Police

Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most violent region in the world. Overwhelmed police and military forces stand to improve their effectiveness and accountability by unleashing a secret wea…

Women in the Bolivian military line up for maritime flag day celebrations on March 10, 2018.

September 26, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Waiting for Thermidor: America’s Foreign Policy Towards Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran may be on an accelerated schedule for revolutionary decay, at least if compared to the USSR.

A member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps waves the Iranian flag

March 29, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Islamism Is Ready for a Comeback

The death of political Islam in the Middle East has been greatly exaggerated.

September 8, 2022

Myanmar
Could Myanmar’s Opposition Forces Unseat the Junta?

Rebel ranks grow, presenting a viable threat to the military’s grip on power.

Man in suit sits at table with Myanmar flag in front of him

September 9, 2022

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Guantanamo Bay: Twenty Years of Counterterrorism and Controversy

The U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has generated intense debate for two decades, raising enduring questions about national security, human rights, and justice.

A collage of surveillance photographs shows Guantanamo detainees.

December 30, 2021

COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in the Military Is a Manageable Challenge

The military has vaccinated the vast majority of service members, but pockets of hesitancy remain. What’s driving the reluctance, and what should be done to overcome it?

A U.S. Army reserve soldier receives the COVID-19 vaccine at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in August 2021.

August 30, 2022

Syria
The Conflict in Syria and the Failure of International Law to Protect People Globally

On the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, David Scheffer, International Francqui Professor (Spring 2022) at KU Leuven, reviews Jeremy Sarkin’s latest book ‘T…