Security

Reversing the Islamic Militant Revolution

October 29, 2014 by Jack Miller
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The evolution of Islamic militant groups into more adaptable and effective fighting forces over the last decade is a major military and political challenge to U.S. interests in the Middle East.

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Do We Really Understand Cyber Espionage Threats?

October 20, 2014 by Nazli Choucri
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With the Internet at its core, cyberspace has become a fact of daily life for almost everyone everywhere. While there is an increasing awareness of threats to cybersecurity, matters of malware, intrusions, and breaches resonate poorly. But “espionage” captures attention, due less to its manifestation in the cyber domain than to our familiarity with the phenomenon.

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Supporting a Brittle Ally: Jordan’s Looming Crisis

October 14, 2014 by Conner Maher
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As the U.S continues airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Washington’s dependency on Jordan as one of its few remaining, stable allies in a region of insecurity has only deepened.

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The Venezuelan Paradox

October 9, 2014 by Juan Carlos Portilla
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Even while Venezuela currently seeks a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, its government continues to repress the rights of its citizens and detain members of the political opposition. Such human rights abuses constitute behavior that should bar Venezuela from a Security Council seat.

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The Hidden Costs of Cyber Espionage

September 23, 2014 by Danielle Kehl
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Intelligence agencies around the world are racing to increase their information-gathering and monitoring capabilities, ostensibly in an effort to promote national security and protect against terrorist threats. But in the debate about the privacy and security tradeoffs of cyber espionage, the costs of certain tactics are often overlooked.

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Standing Tall In Iraq Against the Islamic State

September 18, 2014 by Robert A. Caruso
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To actively shape a new Middle East, the U.S. must invest in our partners on the ground. The task is straightforward: we must build the capacity of moderate Sunni and Kurdish groups across the region, while isolating and ultimately combating the Islamic State (IS) and Iran’s allies.

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