The United States needs a national cybersecurity strategy with a punch. Its adversaries
overtly (and covertly) use cyberspace to mold the international world order, attempting to
influence domestic and foreign affairs thousands of miles away. Some have even publicly
stated that information...
The Golden Crescent, which includes Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, is one of the most
important regions in the world for the global narcotics trade. Afghanistan’s poppy cultivation
surged in the 1970s and it became a global supplier of opiates when other countries in the
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...
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 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...
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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...
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
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...
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...