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Americas, Caribbean, Central America, Human Rights, Interviews, North America, Politics, Security, South America

A Lifetime of Service: An Interview with General James T. Hill

What was your path within the US military? I spent 36 years in uniform in the US Army. When I retired, I was the...
Residents in a rural South Korean town shout slogans during a protest against a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in their neighborhood outside Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 21, 2016. The  missile system will be deployed in southeastern South Korea, Seoul officials announced Wednesday, July 13, angering not only North Korea and China but also local residents who fear potential health hazards they believe the U.S. system might cause. The letters read "Desperately oppose, Deployment THAAD." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
37(2) Winter 2016, Asia, East Asia, Features, Politics, Security

THAAD Deployment in South Korea: Militarism Leading To Political Regression

THAAD Deployment in South Korea: Militarism Leading to Political Regression North Korea’s military aggression has intensified over the past months, exemplified by the country’s fourth nuclear...
A Russian tank participates in military exercises in 2013. Photo via kremlin.ru, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Blog, Eastern Europe, Europe, Perspectives, Politics, Security

The Nuclear Fallout of Trump’s Possible Détente with Putin

While the new US administration should be looking for areas of cooperation with Russia where possible, it should do so without compromising the United...
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37(2) Winter 2016, Features, Human Rights, Oceania, Politics, Security

David and Goliath: A Small Island Nation’s Quest for Global Nuclear Disarmament

Gone is the era of nuclear paranoia. No longer does the US government conduct nationwide civil defense campaigns exhorting its citizens to “duck and...
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Eastern Europe, Europe, Global Notebook, North America, Politics, Security

NATO’s Baltic Problem: How Populism, Russia, and the Baltic Can Fracture NATO

Over the past few years, a series of internal and external challenges have checked Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bullying of Russia’s neighbors. Western economic...
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Eastern Europe, Economics, Europe, Human Rights, Perspectives, Politics, Security

Negotiating with the Kremlin: Considerations for Future US Policy towards Russia

Michael McFaul is the Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Professor of Political Science...
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Africa, Central Africa, Features, Security, Southern Africa

The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Boko Haram

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF BOKO HARAM The West African state of Nigeria, currently considered Africa’s largest economy, has, in the north-east of the country,...
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37(4) Fall 2016, Africa, Central Africa, Global Notebook, Politics, Security

The DRC’s Violent Campaign Trail to 2016

As Laurent Kabila, the increasingly paranoid president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consulted his economic adviser in his presidential office, a trusted...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gets a look at the latest high-tech projects being developed for wounded soldiers by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, including the ATLAS Robot, center, demonstrated by engineer Brad Tousley, right, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Pentagon.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
37(4) Summer 2016, Americas, Asia, East Asia, Europe, Features, Middle East, North America, Politics, Security

The Ethics and Implications of Modern Warfare: Robotic Systems and Human Optimization

The Ethical Questions of Military Technology In 1139, Pope Innocent II led the Second Lateran Council in banning the use of crossbows in war....
On Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, a Kurdish fighter, known as a peshmerga, yawns as he stands guard on the frontline in Sinjar, Iraq. In the shadow of the buildup to the long-awaited Mosul offensive, Kurdish forces are seizing additional territory that they say will become part of their semiautonomous region. The moves are further straining relations between two groups ostensibly allied in the fight against the Islamic State group: Iraq’s Kurdish forces known as the peshmerga and the country’s powerful Shiite militias.(AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)
37(4) Summer 2016, Africa, Americas, Features, Middle East, North Africa, North America, Politics, Security

The Changing Nature of War in the Middle East and North Africa

It is not easy to address war in the Middle East. There are, however, some clear trends. In the course of the last quarter...