U.S. nuclear strategy would have to change in order to enable deep reductions in nuclear weapon numbers and U.S. allies have a role in facilitating such a change.
The international community can help bring much-needed stability to Kyrgyzstan, which has experienced violent ethnic clashes as its leaders lay the groundwork for Central Asia’s first genuine parliamentary democracy.
While U.S. democracy aid has grown in amount and sophistication over the last two decades under Republican and Democratic administrations alike, American democracy promotion efforts can achieve their full potential only by reforming USAID.
The Obama administration’s new Nuclear Posture Review reduces the role and number of U.S. nuclear weapons, identifies nuclear terrorism as the principal threat to the United States, and works to maintain a stable strategic relationship with China.
The Turkish regime has initiated an aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East. However, Turkey’s willingness to engage with all regional actors, including Iran and Syria, does not necessarily mean it is turning away from its preexisting Western alliances.
The Obama administration has focused much of its diplomatic energy towards engaging with the Iranian regime. This effort has limited its level of engagement with both the Iranian opposition and U.S. European partners.
Given the reset in U.S.–Russian relations, the time is ripe for the United States, Europe, and Russia to devise a security architecture for a new century—one capable of maintaining peace and stability on the European continent throughout the years to come.
Continued Pakistani support for the terrorist group Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT) threatens to undermine the delicate peace between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan and plunge the region into conflict, with significant consequences for American interests abroad.
While the coastal states of Asia tend to garner the most attention internationally, developments in the continent’s interior can play a major role in the stability and security of Asia as a whole.
The conditions in Russia and the state of U.S.-Russia relations today are more hopeful for positive cooperation than at any time in the recent past, particularly in the fields of technology and innovation.
While growing Islamic extremism in Yemen is alarming, in the longer term it is the country’s domestic challenges that threaten to bring Yemen to its knees, with potentially destabilizing consequences for the region.
Given the prominent role of the internet in propagating and perpetuating violent Islamist ideology, identifying methods to short-circuit internet radicalization has become an urgent goal for numerous countries, including Saudi Arabia.
As the war in Afghanistan begins to enter a new phase, it is important to reexamine some of the premises of U.S. policy in the Central Asian region and to consider whether the conditions in the region have changed in the last decade.
In spite of the fact that the disputed October presidential election has significantly undermined the legitimacy of the Afghan government, the United States should firmly recommit itself to the war effort and build its relationship with Karzai.
The International Coalition should leave Afghanistan sooner rather than later, but it must first build a viable Afghan state capable of assuming control over its own territory.
As the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, China will be central to efforts to combat global climate change at Copenhagen and beyond.
Underlying General McChrystal’s August assessment of the war and the debate within the Obama administration is a misguided assumption that there are not enough troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
The Obama administration faces the difficult task of reconciling when and how to deal with a disgraced regime which presents urgent national security challenges.
Grave violence plagues the North Caucasus, which should be a key humanitarian concern for Europe. But the economic crisis will largely determine how much will be done to help the region.
No global agreement can prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change without cooperation from the world’s two largest emitters: The U.S. and China. A U.S.-China agreement on climate change is now within reach.