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National Guard at the US Capitol

The Soft War That America Is Losing

Commentary / January 15, 2021
The US depends far more on its soft power than authoritarian China does. Once it is lost, it is hard to get back.
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Longer-Term Cybersecurity Implications of the Occupation of the Capitol—Beware of Fake Leaks

Commentary / January 11, 2021
Inside the U.S. Capitol last week, laptops from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Jeff Merkley, and other devices were taken, presumably by the occupiers. These devices are now in...
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Everybody Spies in Cyberspace. The U.S. Must Plan Accordingly.

News / December 30, 2020
Because all countries engage in espionage, intrusions like Russia’s latest data hack are devilishly hard to deter.
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Years later, still unclear why US staff in Cuba, China experienced strange symptoms

News / December 30, 2020
A National Academies panel commissioned by the State Department shed new light on a disturbing and still mysterious episode. Employees in the Cuban embassy reported headaches, pressure, nausea,...
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Does the Noncombatant Immunity Norm Have Stopping Power? A Debate

Commentary / December 11, 2020
After years of researching American public opinion on the use of nuclear weapons and the ethics, we found the levels of public support for a strike that violated ethical and legal principles to be...
Joe Biden shaking hands with Vladimir Putin

Managing US Sanctions Toward Russia

Commentary / December 10, 2020
Sanctions will remain part of the US toolkit for dealing with Russia under the incoming Biden administration.
Joe Biden and Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III attend a ceremony welcoming troops home at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on April 8, 2009.

The Real Reason Biden’s Pick for Pentagon Chief is the Wrong Choice

Commentary / December 9, 2020
Does Joe Biden's choice of Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III for secretary of defense offer a "safe choice" at the expense of preparing a strong front in the great-power competition with...
President-elect Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Biden Administration Will Rely On U.S. Allies for Support as Tensions with China Continue to Rise

News / December 8, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, international security expert Oriana Skylar Mastro says conflict between China and Taiwan is plausible within the next 15 years, and the U.S. will likely be involved.
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Remembering history while planning the future of nuclear arms control

Q&A / December 7, 2020
A conversation on what could and should be done to restore and extend an arms control regime that has deteriorated in the last few years, as the United States and Russia have withdrawn from major...
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Unfinished business: Next steps on US-Russia arms control

News / December 7, 2020
Despite a flurry of diplomatic activity over the late summer and early fall, the United States and Russia have yet to seal a deal on extending the New START treaty limiting their strategic nuclear...
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How a US defense secretary came to support the abolition of nuclear weapons

News / December 7, 2020
In the issue which marks the start of the 75th year of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, respected strategic thinkers of this era explain where the Bulletin and its readers should focus their...
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Science diplomacy: The essential interdisciplinary approach

News / December 7, 2020
In the issue which marks the start of the 75th year of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, respected strategic thinkers of this era explain where the Bulletin and its readers should focus their...
The Australian flag flies outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Free Nations Must Speak for Australia

Commentary / December 4, 2020
The Biden administration needs to rethink the entire nature of alliances for an era of heavy-handed economic diplomacy from Beijing says Oriana Skylar Mastro and Zack Cooper in an op-ed for the...
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Bat-borne Nipah virus could help explain COVID-19

News / December 4, 2020
Researchers have long known that the number of human infections from the bat-borne Nipah virus fluctuates from year to year. A new study provides insights into the reasons why. Stanford...
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How Should Biden Deal with Moscow? with Rose Gottemoeller and David J. Kramer

Q&A / December 4, 2020
Rose Gottemoeller and David J. Kramer join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss priorities and approaches to the new administration’s diplomacy with Moscow.
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India’s Cold War push for an Indian Ocean Zone of Peace

Commentary / December 3, 2020
Ryan A. Musto reviews former CISAC Fellow Yogesh Joshi’s work on India’s use of selective alignment with the Great Powers to advance its regional ambitions in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Clock is Ticking on New START Extension

Commentary / December 3, 2020
Rose Gottemoeller, who previously served as NATO’s deputy secretary-general and as U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, has long been an advocate of a five-year...
A warship sailing in the South China Sea and a photo of three soldiers standing guard in front of a Chinese traditional building

China’s South China Sea Strategy Prioritizes Deterrence Against the US, Says Stanford Expert

News / December 1, 2020
Analysis by FSI Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro reveals that the Chinese military has taken a more active role in China’s South China Sea strategy, but not necessarily a more aggressive one.
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Reviving Nuclear Arms Control Under Biden

Commentary / November 30, 2020
The Biden presidency that begins in January will adopt some very different directions from its predecessor in foreign policy. One such area is arms control, particularly nuclear arms control with...
Battleships patrolling in the open ocean.

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing to See Here”

Commentary / November 30, 2020
China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers speaks during a virtual news conference at the Department of Justice

Indicting Russia's Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit: The Implications of Public Attribution

Commentary / November 23, 2020
There are three main reasons behind publicly attributing these attacks to Russia.
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Defense In Depth

Commentary / November 23, 2020
Why U.S. Security Depends on Alliances—Now More Than Ever
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Its centre of gravity will always be in the transatlantic space

Q&A / November 23, 2020
How NATO can adapt to future challenges: Rose Gottemoeller, Former Deputy Secretary General, NATO, is interviewed in The Berlin Pulse.
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There's no reason' for Trump's move to pull troops from Afghanistan

Q&A / November 20, 2020
Brett McGurk, former presidential envoy for the global coalition to defeat ISIS, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the last minute foreign policy moves, including the decision to draw down the number...