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 25, 2018
| Melissa Dalton, Daniel Mahanty, Hijab Shah, Julie SnyderWorking by, with, and through partners in military operations has become a preferred approach in U.S. security policy. Doing so without uniform controls governing conduct and the use of force has real consequences.
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 11, 2018
| Rebecca Hersman, Melissa DaltonThough military action may be an important part of the international response to the crime, it will come to little avail if not embedded in a broader set of sustained efforts to address this problem economically, diplomatically and legally as well.
With the range of security challenges confronting the United States in the 21st century, characterized by competition by both state and nonstate actors, the importance of working with allies and partners to address common challenges is paramount.
To advance its goals in Syria, the United States will have to stitch together several key threads and weave new ones from its current operations, using foreign policy tools beyond the military instrument.
Since U.S. and coalition forces began the war against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2014, officials have stated that the United States is conducting “one of the most precise air campaigns in military history.” However, on November 16, the...
After the liberation of Raqqa, Syria, the United States will face a different kind of challenge in defeating ISIS in the province of Deir Ezzor. As the U.S.-backed forces press down the Euphrates River Valley to secure oil fields and territory, they are competing with the...
Strategies are shaped by the processes that produce them. If designed well, a strategy formulation process enables decisionmakers to evaluate the political, security, and budgetary environments, identify choices for an organization, weigh risks, opportunities, and tradeoffs,...
Melissa G. Dalton, senior fellow and deputy director with the International Security Program at CSIS, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on "Iranian Backed Militias: Destabilizing the Middle East."
In an increasingly competitive security environment, working together with allies and partners to achieve common security goals has become the preferred approach for the United States. Yet, growing public and U.S. leaders’ skepticism of the return on investment for...