This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
From the Director's Chair
By Kath Hicks
Managing Turkey Ties in Tough Times
By Sam Brannen
Moving from Squabbling to Debate: The Opportunity of the FY15 Budget Request
The last time a German President publicly stated Germany should be prepared to defend its interests with military might, he was forced to resign. That is what happened to Horst Koehler in 2010 after he suggested that the German military, the Bundeswehr, may need to be deployed to defend German national interests abroad.
The past few months have seen unusually cold weather in much of the country due to a combination of typical seasonal trends and a weather phenomenon called the polar vortex (a weather system that typically traps cold air in the Arctic that has temporarily come south).
On January 28, President Obama will address Congress and the nation with his assessment of the country’s current economic, social, national security, and political well-being. The speech will undoubtedly include at least a few moments of reflection on the country’s energy security, our progress towards combatting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the im
In 2011, the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS began to examine the consequences of new, surging hydrocarbon production on a wide array of the upstream, midstream, and downstream infrastructure throughout North America. Last month, we held a conference on the policy implications of the changing oil and gas landscape in North America.
Ukraine and Russia have had a stormy relationship over gas supply and gas transit for two decades. Periodically their disputes spill over to affect gas supply of their European neighbors, usually in the dead of winter, most recently in January of 2006 and 2009. Just as regularly the two sides declare that they have solved their problems, only for another crisis to appear a few years later.
On November 14, 2013, roughly 40 participants from the federal government, industry, and environmental community gathered at CSIS for a three-hour session to discuss two issues: (1) Why electric utilities are interested in small modular reactors (SMRs) and their potential domestic market; and (2) The potential role for the U.S.
President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and a number of Western leaders witnessed December 17 in Baku the signing of documents for the final investment decision (FID) on the Shah Deniz phase II development. Shah Deniz gas exports from Azerbaijan will bring new volumes of natural gas to Europe.
The United States has long acknowledged the importance of its allies and partners in securing shared interests. More recently, drawdowns in defense spending by the United States and many of its security partners have increased the urgency of leveraging and synthesizing national capabilities where possible. CSIS has launched the Federated Defense Project to assess and recommend
Will Europe reduce its dependence on Russia for natural gas supplies? This question, prompted by the North American unconventional gas 'revolution,' has incited considerable debate.