- CommentaryJun 20, 2014
The President has set the stage. The question is what acts will follow. The United States has signaled as clearly as it can that a corrupt, authoritarian, power hungry, sectarian thug like Maliki should go. It cannot, however, make that happen or undo the damage that Maliki has done to the nation's unity, quality of governance, economy, and security forces since the 2010 election.
- CommentaryJun 19, 2014
The President's decision to send 300 more U.S. military advisors to Iraq is a key first step in dealing with the crisis. It ensures that the United States as well as Iran will have a presence on the ground, while any U.S. use of airpower alone would have effectively empowered Iran's Revolutionary Guards because they would have been present with Iraqi forces.
- CommentaryJun 17, 2014
Few in the United States take much pleasure in what has happened in Iraq in recent days. Many in the Middle East do. Until Western governments understand Middle Eastern governments’ motivations better, they won’t have much influence on the violence unfolding in Iraq.
- CommentaryJun 17, 2014
Strengthening resilience is a core tenet of international development and offers a “lens” to apply to development challenges far beyond disaster response.
- CommentaryBy Murray Hiebert, Phuong NguyenJun 13, 2014
U.S. policy toward Myanmar is seen by many as one of the most important successes of President Barack Obama’s first term. U.S. engagement played a critical role in lending momentum to political reform in the country. But U.S.-Myanmar relations have appeared somewhat stalled in Obama’s second term.
- CommentaryJun 9, 2014
If you knew nothing about Donetsk, Luhansk, or Slovyansk before this spring, you likely now associate them with mayhem and lawlessness.
- CommentaryBy Greg HicksJun 6, 2014
In his April 2014 International Business Quarterly newsletter, CSIS Scholl Chair Scott Miller stressed the importance of rule of law to investment, both the domestic and the foreign direct varieties. Investment drives productivity improvements, raising GDP, wages, and standards of living. In her recently published book, Trading Spaces, Dr.
- CommentaryBy Gregory B. Poling, Benjamin SchaareJun 5, 2014
President Barack Obama will host the prime ministers of both Australia and New Zealand in the weeks ahead. Australia’s Tony Abbott will make his maiden visit to the White House on June 12, and New Zealand’s John Key will be there on June 20.
- NATO and Ukraine: The Need for Real World Strategies and for European Partners Rather than ParasitesCommentaryJun 5, 2014
Events in Ukraine have made it all too clear that NATO’s primary function remains deterring war in Europe. The myth that Afghanistan was the key test of NATO had already died with President Obama’s unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. forces at the end of 2014, and events in Ukraine have already shown the United States just how pointless and vacuous the U.S.
- CommentaryJun 4, 2014
The President’s West Point speech struck many observers, including me, as incomplete. His great strength is his capacity to be the “leveler-in-chief” — especially on issues of war and peace.