- The FY2015 US Defense Budget, the New Quadrennial Defense Review and the U.S. Commitment to the Middle East and AsiaCommentaryMar 6, 2014
The United States has repeatedly made it clear that both the Middle East and Asia are its too main priorities for both defense strategy and military partnerships. The United States stated this repeatedly in the new Defense Strategic Guidance it issued in January 2012, and has done so every year since that time.
- CommentaryBy Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Garrett RibaMar 4, 2014
Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), now operating under the moniker Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has recently grabbed headlines following its capture of the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi on January 1, 2014.
- ReportFeb 26, 2014
Lebanon has been a chronic US foreign policy challenge in the Levant since the Eisenhower Administration. However, given the country’s centrality to regional security politics and Iran’s support for the Shi’a militant group Hezbollah, the US cannot avoid looking at Lebanon as yet another arena of competition with Iran in the broader Levant.
- CommentaryFeb 24, 2014
- NewsletterFeb 21, 2014
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
- NewsletterFeb 21, 2014
In October of last year, the White House made clear that three issues top President Obama’s Middle East agenda: Iran, Palestinian-Israeli peace, and containing the conflict in Syria. Common among all of these issues is that they are fundamentally about negotiations.
- ReportBy Anthony H. Cordesman, Abdullah ToukanFeb 20, 2014
The IOR is one of the most complex regions in the world in human terms. It includes a wide variety of different races, cultures and religions. The level of political stability, the quality of governance, demographic pressures, ethnic and sectarian tensions, and the pace of economic growth create a different mix of opportunity and risk in each state.
- ReportBy Anthony H. Cordesman, Sam KhazaiFeb 18, 2014
The Burke Chair is now circulating a final review draft of its new e-book, Iraq in Crisis.
- ReportBy Robert M. Shelala IIFeb 6, 2014
Political instability in Egypt, Somalia, and Yemen has raised security risks for the global shipping industry in the waters of the Middle East and North Africa.
- CommentaryFeb 3, 2014
No one has ever been able to travel to the Gulf without discovering just how different the perspectives and values of the West and the Middle East can be. During the last two years, however, these differences have threatened to become a chasm at the strategic level.