Defense and Security
Defense and Security
- ReportSep 2, 2014
The United States has failed to define meaningful future strategies for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. It is cutting its presence in Afghanistan so quickly that its Transition efforts may well fail, and it has no clear future strategy for Pakistan and Central Asia.
- CommentaryAug 29, 2014
The United States does not have good or quick options in dealing with the Islamic State, in part because it faces serious challenges in Iraq and Syria that cannot be separated from any efforts to weaken and destroy the Islamic State. This, however, is not a reason to stand and wait for better options that do not exist.
- ReportAug 28, 2014
- NewsletterBy Gerald CurtisAug 28, 2014
There are situations in international politics, as there are in life, in which there are no good options, in which nothing works. Trying to deal with North Korea is a case in point. The United States has tried everything in its tool kit in an effort to come up with an effective North Korean policy. Positive incentives have not worked; neither have negative ones.
- NewsletterAug 26, 2014
There is, at long last, a solution to the troubles that beset the Japan-ROK relationship: patience.
- CommentaryBy Murray Hiebert, Phuong NguyenAug 21, 2014
The Myanmar government has pursued more than a dozen rounds of cease-fire talks with the country’s major armed ethnic groups over the past three years, but has missed the timetable for achieving a nationwide cease-fire agreement several times.
- NewsletterAug 20, 2014
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
DoD Faces Huge Capacity Cuts Under Sequester
By Clark Murdock
Asia: Three Divergent Visions, Increasing Tension
By John Schaus
Will Ukraine Drive Europe Toward Increased Defense Spending?
- ReportAug 20, 2014
It is unclear that the United States has any current assessments and strategy to deal with either these governance or economic issues.
- CommentaryAug 20, 2014
The political risks and instability in Afghanistan and Pakistan are all too apparent. It is unclear that Afghanistan can create a stable central government, and it is unclear that Pakistan’s present central government can survive. At the same time, this is only part of the story.
Critical Problems in Security
- PacNet #63R - Response to PacNet #63 “The US and China: sliding from engagement to coercive diplomacy”NewsletterBy Joseph Bosco and David M. LamptonAug 19, 2014
Joseph A. Bosco (firstname.lastname@example.org) served in the office of the secretary of defense as China country desk officer from 2005-2006 and taught graduate seminars on China-US relations at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is now a national security consultant.