Iraqi Security forces celebrate their victory in the newly-liberated Sunni city of Fallujah on June 28, 2016 (AP).


What We Need to Learn From ISIS

October 26, 2016

With U.S.-backed Iraqi forces set to retake Mosul, we urgently need to understand why Sunni Iraqis welcomed ISIS as a liberating force. A new study asks Sunnis from two already liberated areas what ISIS policies were popular among the public. More ›

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Why ISIS Fears Israel More ›


The Great Myth About U.S. Intervention in Syria

Stephen Walt in Foreign Policy.

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Is This the End of the International Criminal Court?

South Africa's withdrawal could be contagious.

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October 6, 2016

"We Need to Save the Internet from the Internet of Things"


By Bruce Schneier, Research Fellow, Cyber Security Project; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"Brian Krebs is a popular reporter on the cybersecurity beat. He regularly exposes cybercriminals and their tactics, and consequently is regularly a target of their ire. Last month, he wrote about an online attack-for-hire service that resulted in the arrest of the two proprietors. In the aftermath, his site was taken down by a massive DDoS attack."



October 2016

The Culture of Strategic Thought Behind Russia’s Modern Approaches to Warfare

By Stephen R. Covington and Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In September of 1991, I met with Russian general officers in Minsk at a military reform seminar. Our discussions took place against the backdrop of the August coup attempt in Moscow, the subsequent collapse of Soviet power, and the so-called parade of sovereignty by former Soviet Republics. At the same time, President Yeltsin was signaling his intent to change dramatically the national security strategy, military doctrine, and military system the Soviet Union had developed since the 1940s.




October 2, 2016

"Peering down from the Summit: The Path to Nuclear Security 2010–2016 and beyond"

Global Summitry

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This article reviews the motivations, strengths, and weaknesses of the Nuclear SecuritySummits (NSS), both procedurally and substantively.



October 11, 2016

"OPEC is in its Death Throes"

Foreign Policy

By Emile Simpson, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program

"...Saudi Arabia's energetic and ambitious young deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, appears to see beyond the immediate threat of U.S. shale to the Saudi oil industry....He is focused on the broader need for major reform of the Saudi economy.  Climate change will plainly be a major problem of the 21st century, and the world is moving away from fossil fuels: game over for an unreformed Saudi Arabia."


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