India’s Act East Policy: A Track Record and Recommendations for the Future

Photo Source: ASEAN.org By: Trisha Ray, Columnist When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India’s new Act East Policy in 2014, his statements were met with optimism about the prospect of the world’s largest democracy finally living up to its potential as a great power. The success of this turn is something of a question mark, … Continue reading India’s Act East Policy: A Track Record and Recommendations for the Future

CONTEST, Prevent, and the Lessons of UK Counterterrorism Policy

Photo Credit: Reuters By Nicole Magney, Columnist In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, researchers and journalists alike have increasingly sought to explore the effectiveness and preparedness of European counterterrorism (CT) strategies. The United Kingdom’s CT strategy, named CONTEST, was first implemented in 2003 and has served as a model … Continue reading CONTEST, Prevent, and the Lessons of UK Counterterrorism Policy

With Deadly Pampore Attack, Lashkar-e-Taiba Responds to Islamic State Critique

Photo Credit: Carnegie Endowment By Ian Churchill, Columnist On February 20, 2016, four militants attacked an Indian army parliamentary convoy transiting Pampore, a city in Indian-administered Kashmir. After the initial assault, the attackers occupied a nearby government facility, using automatic weapons and grenades to keep the Indian army at bay during a protracted two-day siege … Continue reading With Deadly Pampore Attack, Lashkar-e-Taiba Responds to Islamic State Critique

The Dynamic Market: Illicit Nuclear Supply and Demand

Photo Credit: The Economist By Jonathan Challgren, Columnist When the legitimate economy struggles, the illicit market often thrives. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 and the subsequent economic challenges faced by Russia in the early 1990’s created a booming illicit market in everything from cast-off military equipment to scrap metal. One such market dealt … Continue reading The Dynamic Market: Illicit Nuclear Supply and Demand

Assurance and Deterrence in Europe – A Cold War Redux

Photo Credit: CNN By Shannon Dick, Columnist In February 2016, the United States took a considerable step towards repositioning Russia as a long-term threat to US and European national security interests, with the White House requesting $3.4 billion—roughly four times the amount requested for 2016—in funding for the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI). This request comes … Continue reading Assurance and Deterrence in Europe – A Cold War Redux

The Russian Bear Goes Polar: Putin’s Territorial Claims in the Arctic

Photo Credit: Getty Images By Ian Churchill, Columnist On February 9, 2016, the Russian government presented its Arctic territorial claim to a United Nations scientific panel that, if approved, could expand Russia’s domain by over 465,000 square miles.[i] Already by far the largest Arctic power by landmass, Russia’s proposed expansion of its Exclusive Economic Zone … Continue reading The Russian Bear Goes Polar: Putin’s Territorial Claims in the Arctic

Looking Outward: Indian Maritime Power and Energy Security

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons By Trisha Ray, Columnist From February 4-8, 2016, the Indian port of Vishakhapatnam was overflowing. Glistening under the sunlight, a dizzying array of warships sailed down the harbor. China’s PLAN Lizhou, the American USS Antietam, and India’s new destroyer, INS Kolkata, joined the ships of the 50 participating countries in one … Continue reading Looking Outward: Indian Maritime Power and Energy Security

Counterinsurgency and Development in FATA: Lessons from US Experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan

Photo: Pakistani soldiers (http://images.geo.tv/updates_pics/Zarb-e-Azb-northwaziristan_6-17-2014_151059_l.jpg) By: Hijab Shah, Columnist The Pakistani armed forces claim to have entered the decisive phase in their counterinsurgency operations against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the country’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).[1] If Operation Zarb-e-Azb is indeed as close to success as the military says, a window of opportunity has opened … Continue reading Counterinsurgency and Development in FATA: Lessons from US Experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan

A New Phase in Russia-Iran Relations

By: Ian K, Columnist Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons 2015 has proven to be a seminal year for Russia-Iran relations. Although both governments have long recognized strategic value in collaborating with each other, significant inhibiting factors have kept bilateral relations mostly limited to rhetoric and low-impact confidence building measures[i]—until now. The shifting geopolitical environment has provided … Continue reading A New Phase in Russia-Iran Relations

U.S.-Russian Relations with Ambassador Linton Brooks

By: Olga Novitsky, Reporter Photo: Vladimir Putin, Wikimedia Commons The first Center for Security Studies (CSS) Lunch Series event of the Fall 2015 semester was held on Thursday, September 3 with guest speaker Ambassador Linton Brooks. At the event named “US-Russia Relations In a Time of Confrontation,” Ambassador Brooks discussed challenges to strategic stability and … Continue reading U.S.-Russian Relations with Ambassador Linton Brooks