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) 775-32421.
- Critical QuestionsBy Victor ChaSep 17, 2014
North Korea announced on Sunday, September 14 that 24 year-old American Matthew Todd Miller from Bakersfield, California was sentenced to six years of hard labor by the Supreme Court of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, also known as North Korea).
- Critical QuestionsSep 16, 2014
Top U.S. Air Force (USAF) leaders convene this week in the Washington, DC area for the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference. The annual conference gathers active duty and retired uniformed and civilian USAF officials, defense analysts, defense companies, the media, and foreign allies and partners.
- Critical QuestionsSep 12, 2014
On Wednesday night, President Obama outlined a four-point strategy to contend with ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), the extremist hybrid militia now operating in Iraq and Syria. While formidable, ISIL is only one symptom of an ongoing—often illiberal and violent—revolution against traditional Middle Eastern authority structures.
- Critical QuestionsSep 8, 2014
On Friday September 5, a ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatist rebels in the east of the country (mainly Donestk and Luhansk oblasts) went into effect, following the meeting in Minsk of a “contact group” representing Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and Russia.
- Critical QuestionsBy Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Garrett RibaSep 3, 2014
In light of recent events in Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri, members of Congress and senior Administration officials have expressed the need to examine the federal government’s efforts to transfer military-style equipment to local law enforcement agencies (LEAs).
- Critical QuestionsBy Carl MeachamAug 21, 2014
Earlier this week, upwards of 100,000 people gathered in the city of Recife, Brazil to mourn the tragic death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos. The homepages of Brazil's biggest news outlets showed images of former President Lula's tears, President Rousseff's solemnity, and fellow candidate Aécio Neves's incredulity. Brazil reeled as news of Campos's death unfolded.
- Critical QuestionsBy Clark A. Murdock, Kathleen H. Hicks, Thomas Karako, Samuel J. Brannen, Ryan Crotty, John Schaus, Zack Cooper, T.J. CipolettiAug 13, 2014
Scholars in the CSIS International Security Program offer analysis beyond the headlines on the evolving U.S. military intervention in Iraq.
Q1: Is the United States doing enough in Iraq?
By Clark Murdock, Senior Adviser
- Critical QuestionsJul 31, 2014
Ebola is a highly fatal (normally 60 percent) virus, for which there is no cure or vaccine. Infection is through needles, touching, and most commonly, through contact with bodily fluids (e.g., blood, vomit, feces, sweat). The animal reservoir(s) for Ebola is not known conclusively, though there is strong evidence that it is associated with bats.
- Critical QuestionsJul 22, 2014
Q1:Has the MH-17 Tragedy Changed Putin’s Strategy in Ukraine?
- Critical QuestionsJul 22, 2014
Indonesia’s Election Commission announced earlier today that Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a 53-year-old former furniture exporter, had snared a victory in the country’s July 9 presidential elections with a margin of more than 6 percent, or 8 million votes, over his rival, former general Prabowo Subianto.