on October 7, 2015 at 10:34 am

The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis: Key Considerations for the UN Security Council

The recent tragedies involving migrants in the Mediterranean have stoked urgent calls for UN action.

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on September 25, 2015 at 4:03 pm

The Historic Opening to China: What Hath Nixon Wrought?

When President Obama hosts Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the White House this week, he will do so as the eighth US president, starting with Richard Nixon, to engage with China based on a failed strategy. This article revisits a Foreign Affairs article—”Asia After Vietnam”—authored by Richard Nixon in October 1967.

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on September 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Cross-eyed: Planning When Host-Nation and Intervener Rule of Law Strategies are Unaligned

By Major Dan Maurer* This essay imagines a fictional future ground conflict pitting the United States and a host country against a non-state militant terrorist organization that has seized territory. This hypothetical scenario imagines a “rule of law” mission in the immediate wake of conventional combat, but suggests that this task will be, ultimately and inevitably, hampered when the intervening […]

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on June 2, 2015 at 12:10 am

Core Synergies in Israel’s Strategic Planning: When the Adversarial Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

To best serve Israel, the country’s strategic studies community should favor more conceptual or “molecular” assessments of expected security perils.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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on March 11, 2015 at 8:06 am

Five Maritime Security Developments That Will Resonate For A Generation

Captain Brian Wilson discusses treaty developments, trends, successes and challenges in maritime security.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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on February 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

The Lost Dimension: Food Security and the South China Sea Disputes

Food security was a key driver behind the development of the current framework governing the law of the sea. This matters for why–and how–the Chinese are contesting claims in the South China Sea.
Photo courtesy of Reuters.

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on February 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

Drones in the U.S. National Airspace System: A Safety and Security Assessment

3 areas continue to hold our national security at risk and plague drone integration efforts: (1) inadequate safety systems, (2) inadequate statutes, and (3) incomplete threat analyses. The authors discuss each area in detail along with proposed solutions. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

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on February 24, 2015 at 10:52 am

Expert Interviews for Drones in the U.S. National Airspace System: A Safety and Security Assessment

I. Introduction In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the FAA Revitalization and Reform Act which among other provisions called for the integration of drones into the U.S. national airspace. While the statutory provision was an attempt to meet the needs of an emerging industry which includes the defense sector, Congress inadvertently failed to examine many of the potential problems relating […]

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on February 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Meaningful Transparency: The Missing Numbers the NSA and FISC Should Reveal

Many Americans are skeptical or distrustful of U.S. Government intelligence collection methods. Increasing transparency by presenting additional data in an accessible way could help.

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on January 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Problematic Alternatives: MLAT Reform for the Digital Age

Data travels across the globe instantly, but the current system for sharing information across jurisdictions is inadequate. Here’s why we need reform, and what that reform should look like. By Jonah Force Hill.

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