- CommentaryBy Bonnie S. Glaser, Ely RatnerMar 26, 2014
With the world watching Ukraine with wary eyes, the U.S. Navy’s lead admiral in the Pacific suggested Asia could face a similar crisis if the continent’s other major power continues on its current path.
- CommentaryMar 24, 2014
Trade facilitation, or the improvement of trade regulatory mechanisms to reduce barriers and costs to global business, is a big opportunity for limited international dollars. The December 2013 World Trade Organization’s Bali agreement is an opportunity that donors and reformist governments should seize.
- CommentaryMar 21, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will host most of the ASEAN ministers of defense in Honolulu on April 1–2. Hagel’s invitation for all 10 of his ASEAN counterparts to meet in the United States marked a first for a U.S. defense secretary.
- The Geopolitical Realities of the Ukraine Crises, the Limits of U.S. Energy Assistance, and the Need to Tone down the RhetoricCommentaryBy Frank A. Verrastro, Charles K. EbingerMar 21, 2014
Over the weekend, the crisis in Ukraine took a more ominous turn with the referendum in Crimea rejoining the peninsula with Russia while Russian troops amassed on the country’s eastern border. In addition, the United States and European Union’s imposition of what is forecasted to be the first salvo of economic sanctions was launched.
- CommentaryBy Scott Miller, Greg HicksMar 20, 2014
In a February 28 letter to U.S.
- CommentaryMar 17, 2014
The United States does not need to rebuild its alliance with Saudi Arabia as much as build a new form of alliance based on the new realities of the Middle East. Both sides need to recognize these changing realities, and the uncertainties involved, and develop a new level of cooperation. At the same time, they need to be more tolerant of the other side’s positions.
- CommentaryMar 14, 2014
If the recent crisis in Ukraine has brought home one clear message, it is this: policy unity between the United States and the European Union is absolutely essential. NATO will remain the first place where the United States will turn due to our treaty obligations and our status as a member.
- CommentaryBy Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Garrett RibaMar 13, 2014
On March 4, 2014, President Obama submitted his budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The request reflects the continued trend of reduced funding for many parts of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
- CommentaryMar 12, 2014
The United States and its Western allies have a major interest in the success of a stable, democratic Ukraine. Not only is the survival of Ukraine’s democracy vital in and of itself, but its regional impact is also of crucial importance, as Ukraine lies poised between Russia and the European Union.
- CommentaryMar 10, 2014
On March 4, the Defense Department released overviews of its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). This is a budget which on one hand complies with the revised Budget Control Act caps for FY15 ($496 billion in base budget spending) and on the other hand tries to illustrate the pain of living under those caps.