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CommentaryThe Key to Success with North Korea: A ROK-Solid Alliance
When President Trump meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in after the G-20 Summit next week, he will have a golden opportunity to jump-start diplomatic engagement with North...
By Kristine Lee & Neil Bhatiya
CommentaryTrump and Kim’s Interactions Aren’t Transactional Anymore
There’s a Korean saying that goes “Chop 10 times, and there isn’t a tree that won’t fall over.” Sometimes that number goes up to 100, but the underlying point—fundamental to c...
By Duyeon Kim
CommentaryAddressing America's Operational Shortfall in the Pacific
The Trump administration has made a number of strong statements about the need for the United States to do more to prepare for great power competition with China. Officials ha...
By Mark Montgomery & Eric Sayers
CommentaryLiving on the Edge: Strengthening American Competitiveness
Richard Fontaine highlights the range of national security challenges facing the United States....
By Richard Fontaine
CommentaryMaximum Pressure on Iran Means Maximum Risk of War
Reports of attacks Thursday in the Gulf of Oman against a Norwegian and a Japanese oil tanker signal a potentially significant increase of tensions in the Middle East among Ir...
By Ilan Goldenberg
CommentaryU.S. eyes Southeast Asia ties to check China ambitions
For the United States, competing with China must now be our national priority, as indicated in multiple US high-level documents. But the US is not competing for its own sake. ...
By Elbridge Colby
CommentaryIf Trump Wants to Take On China, He Needs Allies
With the prospect of a trade deal between China and the United States all but dead, the Trump administration is no doubt weighing its next steps in its quest to rein in Beijin...
By Julianne Smith
CommentaryStrengthening Congress’ Role in Sanctions
Congress’ role in U.S. sanctions policymaking is not a new phenomenon, but it has taken on increased resonance in the past decade. The passage of legislation, such as the Iran...
By Neil Bhatiya
CommentaryDeterrence and Disclosure: The Dual Logics Promoting U.S. Sanctions Compliance
The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is the primary agency responsible for promoting compliance with U.S. economic sanctions. OFAC has a m...
By Bryan Early
CommentaryThe Eroding Value of Nonproliferation Sanctions
Is the threat of sanctions a deterrent to nuclear proliferation? Academic theory suggests deterrence should hold when the potential proliferator believes the threat of sanctio...
By Nicholas L. Miller
CommentaryWhen Do Economic Sanctions Work Best?
With the success of comprehensive financial sanctions against Iran over nuclear proliferation during the Obama administration, policymakers in Washington have grown more confi...
By Dursun Peksen
CommentaryHow Hungary’s Orban Puts Democratic Tools to Authoritarian Use
In his visit to the White House last month, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who proudly describes himself as an illiberal democrat, did what every good populist does: H...
By Carisa Nietsche
CommentaryImplementing new PT standards may hurt Army readiness. The service should learn from how US allies pulled it off
After nearly two decades of grinding low-intensity conflict, the U.S. military is shifting to focus on near-peer competition — and tailoring its physical fitness requirements ...
By Emma Moore
CommentaryAmericans are still enjoying the security won by the troops who stormed the beaches on D-Day, but that safety is not guaranteed
As you read this, you are enjoying the legacy of the "Greatest Generation." Their greatest achievement is not the victory over Japan and Germany in 1945 but the 74 years of pe...
By Jim Townsend
CommentaryWhy the fragmentation of European politics could bode poorly for democracy
After last week’s elections, the European Parliament is more fragmented than ever — growing discontent with the mainstream meant that centrist and mainstream parties took a be...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Erica Frantz & Joseph Wright
CommentaryProliferation Finance: Critical Issues and Priorities for Congress
The lack of effective and universal financial controls to prevent weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation is a gaping security vulnerability for the international comm...
By Elizabeth Rosenberg, Neil Bhatiya, Claire Groden & Ashley Feng
CommentaryWhat a War With Iran Would Look Like
Tensions between Iran and the United States are at their highest point in years. The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement is teetering. The Trump administration is using sanctions to s...
By Ilan Goldenberg
CommentaryTrump's Israeli-Palestinian Policy: Undermining Jordan?
President Trump’s long-awaited plan for making peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians could have severe consequences for Jordan, one of America’s best, and oftentimes...
By Nicholas Heras
CommentaryCorvette Carriers: A New Littoral Warfare Strategy
The U.S. Navy has long identified threats in the littorals and the need to fight within these close waters, but it still struggles with creating a capable fighting force that ...
By LtCol Colin Smith
CommentaryFireside Chat with The Honorable David L. Norquist
On May 30, the Center welcomed The Honorable David L. Norquist for a conversation on the 2020 Defense Budget Request with Susanna V. Blume. Their discussion focused on whether...
By Susanna V. Blume & David L. Norquist