- CommentaryJan 28, 2015
On February 2, 2015, President Obama will submit to Congress his budget request for FY2016 and lay out his plans for the next five years (FY2016-2020). This will be the last budget both built and executed by the Obama administration.
- CommentaryJan 26, 2015
The rapid drop in oil prices over the past six months has spawned a wide range of (at times, conflicting) conspiracy theories on how and why oil prices are falling.
- CommentaryJan 23, 2015
Once again, Saudi Arabia has managed its succession without problems, delay, or any signs of serious divisions within the royal family. One of its most competent and impressive kings has died, but the Crown Prince – Prince Salman – officially became king virtually at the time King Abdullah’s death was announced.
- CommentaryBy Murray Hiebert, Nigel CoryJan 22, 2015
- CommentaryJan 21, 2015
It may be unfair to expect any meaningful discussion of strategy and America's security position in a State of the Union address. But, it is all too clear that President Obama failed to go beyond a few sentences of vacuous spin in dealing with the world outside the United States. The most he did was to claim that the United States has fewer troops at war.
- CommentaryJan 13, 2015
In 2013, global mining revenues were roughly $731 billion, or about five and a half times total annual official development assistance (ODA).
- CommentaryJan 9, 2015
Following the outpouring of emotion created by the terrorist attack against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and anti-Semitic murders at a kosher grocery, it will be critical for French leaders to define and steer the terms of the public debate in ways that allow French and European societies to constructively address the enormous challenges at stake: safety and security concerns and social
- CommentaryJan 9, 2015
Every time a Saudi king gets seriously ill or dies, this triggers yet another media frenzy over a Saudi succession crisis. There is yet another round of speculation about major conflicts within the royal family, the destabilization of Saudi Arabia, and how the various tensions within the Kingdom could somehow trigger a civil crisis or conflict. King Abdullah’s illness is no exception.
- CommentaryBy Murray Hiebert, Phuong NguyenJan 8, 2015
The year 2014 marked an eventful time in U.S.-Vietnam bilateral defense relations. In addition to high-level visits to Vietnam by senior U.S. military and congressional leaders, the administration of President Barack Obama last October announced a partial lifting of the ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.
- CommentaryJan 8, 2015
There is no question that the United States should do what it can to minimize civilian casualties. At the same time, war is war, and the United States is fighting an asymmetric war against a movement that does not wear uniforms, may or may not mark its vehicles, and can draw on decades of experience in regional conflicts where irregular forces have used civilians as human shields.