- CommentaryOct 7, 2015
Recent polls indicate that a plurality of Swedes now favor NATO membership—41 percent in favor, with 39 percent opposed.
- CommentaryOct 5, 2015
There is no certain path to success in Afghanistan. In fact, its political problems, failures in governance, economic problems, corruption, and the weaknesses in its security forces all make any U.S. effort uncertain and any success difficult at best. There are, however, certain paths to failure and this is the path we are now on.
- CommentaryBy Carl MeachamOct 2, 2015
Over the years, Brazil has used its time in front of the UN General Assembly to mark its position in the international arena on how to address global challenges. But this year, with the country mired in an exhausting political and economic crisis, Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff used the UN stage to send a positive message back home.
- CommentarySep 23, 2015
President Xi Jinping of China is no Hu Jintao. His speech yesterday in Seattle was full of wit, literary references, and personal reflections. He also directly responded to a long list of concerns across the policy spectrum, from the economy to security to human rights.
- ReportSep 18, 2015
While in much of the Northern Triangle of Central America, the state is either absent or a secondary power, it is clear that “ungoverned spaces” are in fact governed by one or more of the proliferating non-state actors that control specific geographic space.
- CommentaryBy Heather A. Conley, James MinaSep 18, 2015
It is hard to believe that it was only nine months ago that Greece enjoyed a robust primary budget surplus, positive GDP growth for the first time in years, and was negotiating with its creditors to exit from its €240 billion bailout early without an emergency line of credit.
- Southeast Asia from Scott Circle: Myanmar's Electoral Landscape Vibrant, but Fraught with UncertaintiesNewsletterBy Phuong NguyenSep 17, 2015
- ReportSep 15, 2015
Iraq’s economy is only one of the factors that divides the country, encourages violence, has led to civil conflict, and has helped empower ISIS.
- CommentarySep 14, 2015
As the sun set in Canberra today, another Shakespearean-worthy political plot was thickening. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s colleagues in his Liberal Party rallied around a former Goldman Sachs banker and the member of parliament from Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull.
- ReportSep 14, 2015
The focus on the threat posed by ISIS has led to a dangerous tendency to ignore the overall patterns of violence in Iraq and the fact that any lasting peace and stability must address Iraq’s other causes of violence. A new analysis of the patterns of violence in Iraq by the Burke Chair at CSIS examines these issues in detail. It is entitled Trends in Iraqi Violence, Casualties and Impact of War: 2003-2015, and is available on the CSIS web site at http://csis.org/files/publication/150914_Trends_in_Iraqi_Violence_Casualties.pdf, or by clicking on the above PDF.