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Rethinking U.S. Africa Policy Amid Changing Geopolitical Realities

Rethinking U.S. Africa Policy Amid Changing Geopolitical Realities

Since 2020, Africa has seen more political unrest, violent extremism, and democratic reversals than any other region in the world. A wave of coups has washed across the Sahel and West Africa, leaving authoritarians in power in numerous countries. In addition,…

Confronting Another Axis? History, Humility, and Wishful Thinking

Confronting Another Axis? History, Humility, and Wishful Thinking

Drawing on his extensive experience as a historian and diplomat, Philip Zelikow warns that the United States faces an exceptionally volatile time in global politics and that the period of maximum danger might be in the next one to three years. He highlights…

Stabilizing Haiti: A Guide for Policymakers

Stabilizing Haiti: A Guide for Policymakers

Proposals for a security-focused intervention in Haiti are logical given the rampant instability and endless escalation of gang violence. Many argue that Haiti’s foundational problems of economic underdevelopment, violence, and weak institutions cannot be…

Shining a Light on the Defense Department’s Industrial Base Problems

Shining a Light on the Defense Department’s Industrial Base Problems

With the recent release of the National Defense Industrial Strategy, the Defense Department has acknowledged the urgency of strengthening the linkages between a healthy defense industrial base and U.S. military power. Despite this, the views of defense-tech…

Understanding National Security Strategies Through Time

Understanding National Security Strategies Through Time

Since 1986, Congress has required each president to write a national security strategy. How has this security document changed over the years, and where are the continuities and breaks between administrations? John Chin, Kiron Skinner, and Clay Yoo have mapped…

Thinking About Post-War Ukraine

Thinking About Post-War Ukraine

As the war in Ukraine continues, it is not too early to consider the significant financial assistance that will be required to help Ukraine recover, once the war comes to an end. Henrik Larsen lays out a road map for how to ensure that post-war Ukraine can…

Marine Force Design: Changes Overdue Despite Critics’ Claims

Marine Force Design: Changes Overdue Despite Critics’ Claims

The Marine Corps’ Force Design 2030, written under the direction of the 38th commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger, has been the target of much criticism since its release in 2020. In this article, former Undersecretary of the Navy and Deputy…

Arms Control for Artificial Intelligence

Arms Control for Artificial Intelligence

As AI continues to advance, some have voiced concerns about the dangers of AI-enabled weapons systems. This raises the question of how feasible it will be to control military use of AI. Megan Lamberth and Paul Scharre look at a number of characteristics that…

The Role of U.S. Diplomacy in Countering Russia’s Nuclear Threats and Misbehavior

The Role of U.S. Diplomacy in Countering Russia’s Nuclear Threats and Misbehavior

With the ongoing war in Ukraine and the recent suspension of the New START treaty, concerns about nuclear escalation have been on the rise. Rose Gottemoeller argues that, because of the existential threat that nuclear weapons pose, the United States has a…

The Paradox of Europe’s Defense Moment

The Paradox of Europe’s Defense Moment

The war in Ukraine has been a wakeup call for European countries, alerting them to the reality that defense matters. But do some recent promising steps in the right direction actually signal a revival of the European Union’s drive for strategic autonomy and…

China’s Brute Force Economics: Waking Up from the Dream of a Level Playing Field

China’s Brute Force Economics: Waking Up from the Dream of a Level Playing Field

Liza Tobin argues that the time has come for the United States and its allies to abandon the notion that competing on a level playing field with China’s state-led economy is possible and confront the reality of what she calls the country’s “brute force…

The Human Factor: The Enduring Relevance of Protecting Civilians in Future Wars

The Human Factor: The Enduring Relevance of Protecting Civilians in Future Wars

The U.S. military has shifted from a counterinsurgency “population-centric” approach to an enemy-centric one, focused on destroying an enemy through decisive victory. And yet it should be careful not to cast aside measures to protect civilians as a vestige…