Peeling the onion: Searching for North Korean strategy and objectives

By Robert E. McCoy / January 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

Most foreign policy makers in Washington finally recognize that neither diplomacy nor pressure will get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and inter-continental ballistic missile programs. This is a major epiphany, a significant change in Foggy Bottom thinking, but it is only the first step in a long process toward understanding where Pyongyang … Read more

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Prepare for Full-Scale War or a Series of Limited Wars?

Israel’s Security Dilemma: Prepare for Full-Scale War or a Series of Limited Wars?

By Uzi Rubin / January 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

Which type of war should Israel prepare for: Full-scale war against state armies, or a continued series of limited wars where the home front is the main target? Each of these two types of conflict requires a different force-building strategy and different economic investments. Introduction Israel’s national security doctrine was shaped by the wars of … Read more

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Russia and Iran: Friends and Foes

By Emil Avdaliani / January 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

Iran was a regional power for centuries. Powerful Iranian dynasties, such as the Achaemenids and the Sasanians in the ancient period and the Safavids and the Kajars in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, aspired to take a major role in the Middle East, the South Caucasus, and elsewhere. In the decades following the Cold War, … Read more

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Anglo-French defense relations crucial for post-Brexit success

By Robert Clark / January 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

French president Emmanuel Macron and his closest advisers attended the annual U.K. – French summit on January 18, 2018, at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Traditionally, these annual summits held between the heads of government of both France and the U.K. and their cabinet colleagues have focused largely on security and defense issues, this year proving no exception. Topics including … Read more

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Can the Europeans defend Europe?

By Mike Scrafton / January 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

A renewed sense of urgency over European defence has come only after a cumulative series of strategic shocks. The European powers have long resisted supranational defence institutions, instead depending heavily on NATO and the US. Prior to 1989, Western European and US strategic interests converged as the trans-Atlantic powers faced a hostile Soviet Union. After the Cold … Read more

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Missiles and missile defense in a nuclear Asia

By Stephan Frühling / January 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

For much of the atomic age, intercontinental-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) have been the epitome of nuclear arsenals in popular imagination and in the policies of many states seeking to join the nuclear club. Threatening the certainty of immediate destruction of an adversary’s homeland, ICBMs more than any other weapon are associated with the condition of … Read more

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Trans-Atlantic Defense Policy in a Baltic and Nordic Context

By Robert Clark / January 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

‘This is our continent and we will keep on working to help keep it safe’. Ex-U.K. defense secretary Sir Michael Fallon  Since the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent annexation of the Crimea, the Baltic states (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) have understandably felt the inherent vulnerability that comes with maintaining borders with Russia. Arguing … Read more

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Beyond Nuclear Weapons: The International Criminality of North Korea

By Francis Grice / January 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

After a year of nerve-wracking nuclear sabre rattling by Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the world appeared to step back from the brink of a full-scale nuclear war after North and South Korea began tentative talks relating to the upcoming Olympic Games in South Korea.  This return to the negotiating table is undoubtedly good news, and yet … Read more

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​Exiting the highway to hell on the Korean peninsula​

By Robert E. McCoy  / December 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are high and the exchanges of churlish comments by Pyongyang and Washington do little to ease the pressure. This writer had the good fortune to attend the Oct. 9th Tensions on the Korean Peninsula event held by the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. Speakers were Greg Scarlotoiu, Executive Director of … Read more

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Nuclear Strategist: Albert Wohlstetter and the Delicate Balance of Terror

By Pravin R. Jethwa / November 8, 2017 / 0 Comments

In the January 1959 issue of Foreign Affairs, RAND Corporation analyst Albert Wohlstetter published an article on nuclear strategy entitled “The Delicate Balance of Terror.” The piece, essentially a conclusion to his earlier and influential studies on bomber basing conducted for the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command, became an instant sensation. He argued against … Read more

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