- CommentaryFeb 6, 2014
Thailand held national elections on February 2 that besieged Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government hoped would quell a months-long political crisis. The polls proceeded more peacefully than had been expected, and the higher-than-predicted turnout undercut the message of government opponents who claim to represent the will of the people.
- CommentaryBy Robert D. Lamb, Brooke ShawnFeb 6, 2014
As 2013 came to a close, the United States military published the long-awaited revision to its counterinsurgency (COIN) manual, known as Field Manual (FM) 3-24 when it was published in 2006.
- 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.
- ReportJan 31, 2014
This report covers the continuing political and economic crisis in Egypt. It is based on a conference held in Williamsburg, VA, and Washington, DC, in April 2013, at which American and Egyptian leaders assessed the prospects for resolving the country’s problems and establishing a dialogue between Islamist politicians and their opponents.
- CommentaryBy Sarah O. Ladislaw, Michelle MeltonJan 28, 2014
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
- NewsletterJan 24, 2014
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
The Pivot to Pakistan
By Robert D. Lamb
The Pressing Need for Improved Disaster Resilience
By Stephanie Sanok Kostro
Beyond Walls: Security in the Coming Urban Age
- ReportJan 23, 2014
On February 7, 2014, the 22nd Winter Olympic Games will open in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. Because these games will be the first Olympics hosted by Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, they will be more than a mere athletic competition— they possess a singular symbolic character, important to Russia and particularly to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
- Critical QuestionsBy Sadika Hameed, Jeremiah MagpileJan 17, 2014
Corruption is a massive tax on the private sector and impedes broad-based economic growth. Sixty-seven out of 144 economies identified corruption as one of the top three challenges to conducting business in their country, according to the World Economic Forum.
- NewsletterJan 14, 2014
If you were to believe the papers, falling U.S. standing in the Middle East is all about a supposedly feckless U.S. administration that cannot be bothered to pursue U.S. interests. In response, regional governments have reconciled themselves to a reduced U.S. role and resolved to carry on with little regard for U.S. preferences.
- NewsletterBy Murray Hiebert, Phuong NguyenJan 9, 2014
After months of peaceful antigovernment protests led by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Cambodian government authorities decided to crack down on January 3–4 following escalating demonstrations in recent weeks.