Strategic Competition for Bases in DjiboutiInternational Security
The small country of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa made the headlines in May 2018 due to claims that soldiers on the new Chinese base were pointing lasers at U.S. aircraft landing at the American base. Djibouti is the only “official,” permanent American base in Africa, and the...
16 Aug 2018
Is the Past Prologue? North Korea and DenuclearizationInternational Security
The future of negotiations between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea), South Korea, and the United States over the North’s nuclear program have swung dramatically between warm embraces across an armistice line and renewed threats of nuclear warfare. What is happening, and what is at stake?...
12 Jun 2018
Franco-British-American Relations in Syria and IranInternational Security
French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to the United States for three days in late April showed a somewhat surprising effort by the French head of state to demonstrate a close friendship with U.S. President Donald Trump. In the U.S. media, more attention was paid to the so-called ‘bromance’...
12 Jun 2018
US Withdrawal from the Iran Deal – What Comes Next?International Security
On 8 May the President of the United States announced the USA would no longer participate in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, also known as the Iran Deal), effective immediately. Furthermore, the President announced that US sanctions on Iran relating to its nuclear activity would be reinstated....
20 May 2018
Principled Realism: Interests and IdeologyInternational Security
President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy opens with a description of its underlying philosophy, “Principled Realism:” “An America First National Security Strategy is based on American principles, a clear-eyed assessment of U.S. interests, and a determination to tackle the challenges that we face. It is a strategy of...
02 Apr 2018
Iran’s Vulnerable Dictatorship: No Longer Able to Hide Its MisdeedsInternational Security
The following remarks were delivered by Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., a former U.S. State and Defense Department official and a member of the advisory board of Trends Research & Advisory, UAE, at an international conference on the “Mullahs‘ Regime in Crisis: Explosive Situation at Home & Meddling in Other...
05 Jan 2018