The recent shift in geopolitics towards renewed great power competition, demonstrated
by Russian actions in Ukraine, caused the United States to undertake a new program to
assure NATO alliance members and deter further Russian actions. This paper covers the
development, implementation, and...
This paper argues that third-party peacekeeping can play a vital role in mitigating and resolving
the Ukraine-Russian conflict in the Donbas region. Understanding the current situation in the
region as well as the intricacies and implications of a U.N. peacekeeping mission is important
This article discusses the approaches that peace operations have taken to address organized
crime and explores strategies to improve their effectiveness. In the last twenty years, the U.N.
has produced relevant threat assessments and conventions, enhanced its use of technology
While Southeast Asia has experienced substantial economic and commercial growth in
recent years, transnational criminal organizations have sought to prey upon the success.
Among these groups, few are more economically draining than maritime pirates. These actors
operate outside the bounds of...
Venezuela's economic crisis has spiraled out of control, creating secondary ripple effects
that are impacting the entire Western Hemisphere. This manmade crisis has produced an
unprecedented regional outflow of migrants and refugees that shows no sign of slowing
down and is likely to surpass...
Adam Isacson leads the Defense Oversight Program for the Washington Office on Latin America
(WOLA). He analyzes U.S. military assistance to Latin America, drug and security policy in the
Americas, and peace processes, with a special focus on U.S. defense cooperation in Colombia
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 baffled political analysts around
the world and cast doubt on the strength of American democracy. The
simultaneous rise of strongman politics in other parts of the world led many
to reconsider the assumptions of liberal democracy. In How Democracies...
The Kremlin’s current disinformation campaign against the West, unlike similar projects
undertaken during the Cold War, is no longer based on the dissemination of an overarching
ideology or “selling” Russia as an alternative. The contemporary logic of propaganda takes
a highly nation-specific...
Boko Haram’s rise in Nigeria was a result of social, economic, religious, and political tinder
meeting in flammable conditions. These longstanding incompatibilities – religious tensions,
rampant poverty, ineffective government, abusive military, and opportunistic clergy – served
as the roots...
The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are a potential flashpoint for conflict
between Russia and NATO. There is concern that the Baltic region is dangerously underprepared
for a future Russian invasion. War gaming conducted by the Department of Defense
and NATO militaries in...