National Security Research Division

  • What Should Trump Do About Gitmo?

    The new administration has options to deal with the detention facility established 15 years ago at Guantánamo Bay. It could maintain the status quo, make improvements to speed the trials, close the facility and relocate the remaining inmates, or accept new detainees.

  • The Art of (Cyber)War

    Senior Scientist Cynthia Dion-Schwarz participated in NPR's January 9th "1A" show, the successor to the Diane Rehm show. Dion-Schwarz was one of four guests who discussed "The Art of (Cyber)War." Other guests included Sen. Mike Rounds, U.S. senator from South Dakota (R); Laura Galante, director of global intelligence, FireEye: a cyber security company; and David Rothkopf, CEO and editor, FP group, which publishes Foreign Policy Magazine.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Murder, Missiles, and Messages from North Korea

    Mar 24, 2017

    Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile on February 12 — one day before Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered in Malaysia — and four more on March 6. What would lead North Korea to carry out these provocations?

  • Reining in Internet Abuse

    Mar 23, 2017

    The internet is being used for harmful, unethical, and illegal purposes. Examples include incitement and recruitment by terrorists, cyber bullying, and malicious fake news. Americans say they are unhappy with the tone of the online discourse, but are reluctant to consider potential remedies.

  • Holding Assad Accountable for Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

    Mar 22, 2017

    With two no votes from China and Russia, the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution punishing Syrian officials for their roles in chlorine attacks in 2014 and 2015. Leadership from the United States on this issue could show allies that despite a change in government, the U.S. remains committed to holding those who use chemical weapons accountable.

  • Why China Will Not Unify with Taiwan by 2020

    Mar 21, 2017

    The prospects for peaceful unification of China and Taiwan continue to dim. Nothing Beijing has tried to woo or coerce Taiwan has worked. For those determined to compel Taiwan's unification, military subjugation remains a last option. But it would only worsen China's security environment.

  • Thinking Constructively About Overmatch

    Mar 21, 2017

    To regain military superiority the Pentagon has suggested a strategy that focuses on emerging technologies and deterrence. But it will need more than new technologies to deter and respond to aggression; it should also take into account grand strategy and acquisition considerations and keep countering Russia and China a top priority.

  • How Trump Should Manage Afghanistan

    Mar 21, 2017

    While media coverage has focused on Syria and Iraq, Afghanistan remains an important frontline state in the fight against terrorism. The Trump administration should aim to prevent Taliban forces from overthrowing the Afghan government, encourage political reconciliation where feasible, and pursue terrorists that threaten the U.S.

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