In CSIS's short analysis series, Critical Questions, CSIS experts provide quick answers to the essential questions posed by today’s top international events. For more information, please contact Andrew Schwartz at email@example.com or (202) 775-3242.
- Critical QuestionsApr 7, 2016
The Obama administration announced on Wednesday, April 6, that it was redirecting $510 million of Ebola funds and $79 million of funds from other Department of Health and Human Services programs to respond to the rising threat that the Zika virus poses, at home and abroad, of an epidemic of brain defects among microcephalic infants.
- Critical QuestionsMar 15, 2016
Q1: Why did House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac Thornberry release a stand-alone acquisition reform bill on March 15, 2016?
- Critical QuestionsBy Sharon Squassoni, Yukari SekiguchiMar 11, 2016
On March 11, 2011, an historic earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan and also caused three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to experience core meltdowns. Five years later, 99,750 people still cannot return to their hometowns in the Fukushima Prefecture. What are the most significant lessons we can draw from this?
- Critical QuestionsBy Sharon Squassoni, Amelia ArmitageMar 2, 2016
- Critical QuestionsFeb 26, 2016
The United Kingdom has maintained a continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent since April 1969, with one ballistic missile submarine on patrol at all times. The David Cameron government reinforced its commitment to maintaining its nuclear posture in the November 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).
- Critical QuestionsFeb 25, 2016
On February 24, a tanker carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) left the Sabine Pass LNG terminal off the coast of Louisiana. The first LNG cargo from Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Sabine Pass LNG Project is a significant milestone for the U.S. energy industry, marking the dawn of shale-based LNG exports by the United States.
- Critical QuestionsFeb 16, 2016
Zhou Xiaochuan, the urbane governor of China’s central bank for the past 13 years, gave a lengthy interview on Saturday to media outlet Caixin. This represents Zhou’s first public comments on China’s economy in almost five months, the last time being when he attended a meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bankers in Ankara, Turkey, in September.
- Critical QuestionsBy Lisa CollinsFeb 16, 2016
On February 12, Congress passed the “ North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act” (H.R. 757). Earlier last month, the bill was introduced and passed in the House of Representatives (418-2).
- Critical QuestionsBy Victor Cha, and Andy LimFeb 10, 2016
Kim Jong-un has had a busy start to 2016, with a nuclear test in January, a claimed hydrogen bomb test and his third overall, and a long-range missile/satellite test over the weekend added to his list of ever growing accompl
- Critical QuestionsFeb 9, 2016
The president’s FY 2017 budget proposes to quadruple funding for the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) to $3.4 billion, up from $789 million in FY 2016. The request represents a significant reinvestment in the U.S. military presence in Europe after decades of gradual withdrawal.