"The U.S.-Israel relationship is in trouble," warn Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellows Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon in a new Council Special Report, Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship.
October 30, 2016
Op-Ed, Sacramento Bee
"The environmental justice lobby's concerns about local air pollution are justified: A new report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights acknowledges that low-income and minority communities face disproportionately high air pollution. The best response to this situation is to strengthen existing local pollution laws rather than abandon cap and trade."
October 29, 2016
By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom
No matter how much the world has changed since the Cold War, as other threats like terrorism and global warming have come to dominate our fears, nuclear dangers are still with us. But every day, there are ordinary people collaborating in extraordinary ways to keep the rest of us safe from them. For some, it's a family tradition.
The military reform in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), announced by China’s supreme party and state officials in 2015, is unprecedented in scale and depth. It aims to add a new dimension to China’s armed forces - to provide for more a compelling strategic deterrence and ability to win a local war, if such war breaks out. This reform is also a demonstration of a critical stage of development of China’s political system.
October 28, 2016
By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project
Article VI of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) calls for “..... a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control”. Complete elimination of nuclear weapons by a state requires verification of the dismantlement of nuclear weapons and related manufacturing facilities, and to provide assurances that all fissile materials from weapons, materials designated for weapons use, its scrap and other wastes, are accounted for, and any remaining nuclear activities be introduced for civilian use.
October 27, 2016
Journal Article, Small Wars Journal
By Jessica Malekos Smith, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cyber Security Project
"...[A]ctors that employ gray tactics in cyber operations need not be successful in actually infiltrating a system to further their revisionist ambitions. Rather, the sheer ramifications from the cyber action itself, has the power to disturb a nation's psyche and challenge the geopolitical status quo."
This paper addresses a growing concern to one of the most fundamental components of our democracy: how cybersecurity risks can influence the integrity of our elections.
October 26, 2016
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"The remark (and others) demonstrated not only that the Republican Party had allowed to be nominated a man lacking the usual dignity expected in an American presidential candidate; but also, that American public discourse had developed a coarseness over the recent decades that is a disturbing development to those who have a sense of what American history is all about."
October 26, 2016
Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"Hillary Clinton is not an ideal candidate, as 30 years of political life and her mixed electoral performance have shown. She is, however, one of the most experienced candidates to run for office in decades, in both domestic and foreign policy, including the Middle East. Casinos and reality shows just do not cut it."
October 26, 2016
"Were 75 percent of Liberian Women and Girls Raped? No. So Why is the U.N. Repeating That Misleading 'Statistic'?"
Op-Ed, The Washington Post, Monkey Cage Blog
"...[I]s it really necessary to distort the facts so much to gain public attention? We should not need to suggest that nearly every Liberian woman was raped to care about the actual, dire situation facing many Liberian women."