June 14, 2018
| Kathleen H. HicksPresident Trump’s agreement to suspend the upcoming U.S.-ROK combined exercise does not appear to meet the threshold for protecting U.S. lethality, and should not be advanced absent substantial North Korean concessions.
As the Trump administration determines its path forward, it is imperative that it recognize the height of the stakes in Syria and operationalize there the national security and defense strategies it has articulated.
April 26, 2018A flurry of concern has grown over what is being referred to as China’s “sharp power” efforts in Europe—that is, influencing efforts disguised as soft power that hinge on manipulation and covert activity.
April 12, 2018
| Hijab Shah, Melissa DaltonDespite the lessons learned from incidents such as the 2015 strike and some training and best practice integration with U.S. partners, the United States must take greater strides with its partners to strengthen training, controls, and accountability to mitigate civilian harm.
April 6, 2018
| Thomas Karako, Ian WilliamsThe new Missile Defense Review will need to address both the significant advances made by U.S. adversaries and the shift to more competitive footing by states like Russia and China.
The Trump administration’s decision to levy tariffs on imported steel and aluminum is further evidence of the president’s preference for symbolic gestures rather than systemic change. Here, four CSIS experts unpack the varied ramifications of the decision.
This year will likely continue to test the nation’s institutions and its unity. If the United States can emerge stronger in both, it will advance security further than any mere defense investment, innovation, or reform ever could.
While this deal may ease the budget pressures on the Department of Defense (DoD) for now, it comes with many risks—namely that policymakers will lose interest in much needed defense reforms and squander much of the additional funding.
Straining to compete with China economically, while limiting security-related engagements to terrorist groups, is likely to cede the strategically important elements of Africa’s future to the very state adversaries both the NSS and NDS seek to dominate.