This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
Nuclear Security: The Road to 2016
By Sharon Squassoni
Responding to Chinese Assertiveness
By Zack Cooper
Decisionmakers often need to understand how much support or opposition an organization, operation, or policy might face. Legitimacy, according to many fields of study and practice, is something that induces voluntary support, lowers operating costs, and improves stability and sustainability.
There was a time when you could have energy policy conversations without addressing climate change. However, over the course of the last few years, this has changed, and now it is rare to discuss energy policy without acknowledging the impact that greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are having on the climate.
With well over 2 million tags on Twitter and Facebook, the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign has catapulted the kidnapping of 276 girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram onto the world stage.
The kidnapping of more than 250 high school girls in northeast Nigeria has catapulted the terrorist group Boko Haram into the international spotlight. It has also raised uncomfortable questions for the Nigerian authorities, which have been condemned for their slow response to the crisis.
On Thursday (May 8), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee convened a hearing on the ongoing political and human rights crisis in Venezuela. Deputy Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, Executive Director for the Americas at Human Rights Watch José Miguel Vivanco, and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Moisés Naím testified, taking questions from Committee members on the nature of the crisis and its implications.
This is the current list of Presidential appointments in the Department of Defense which require Senate confirmation. In the event that no one has been nominated, the individual "performing the duties of" or Acting is listed.
Foreign assistance is dwarfed in terms of funding by developing countries’ own financial resources. As many traditional donors continue to deal with the after effects of the global financial crisis, it is clear that a significant increase in aid will not occur any time soon.
In about two weeks, we will know how India’s various political parties fared in the Lok Sabha elections and, shortly after, will have a new government in Delhi. Then political parties will shift from election mode to governance. But what will be the focus of the next government? And what are the key parties saying about issues of interest to the American audience?
In a recent report, Afghanistan after the Drawdown: U.S. Civilian Engagement in Afghanistan Post-2014 and at a May 7 panel discussion at CSIS, Jerry Hyman proposes that the civilians concentrate on good governance and economic growth while paring down their other programs to accommodate budget reductions and the possible scenarios for a post-drawdown Afghanistan.