Wed, Aug 4, 2021

Beyond Pakistan’s 2021-22 budget: The economy and growth

Recently appointed to his position, Shaukat Tarin has positioned the budget as being growth oriented in focus, with significant increases to subsidies, public-sector development, and salaries of government employees.

Issue Brief by Uzair Younus

Economy & Business Fiscal and Structural Reform

Wed, Aug 4, 2021

Hezbollah blames Lebanon’s economic collapse on the United States

One year from the August 4 Beirut port explosion, Lebanon continues to free-fall into utter dysfunction as it unravels under the pressure of its worst economic crisis in decades, high rates of COVID-19 infections, an indifferent political class, and Hezbollah’s control over critical junctures of the Lebanese state.

Issue Brief by David Daoud

Americas Economy & Business

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

The energy transition in the Arab Gulf: From vision to reality

The United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have emerged as leaders in the Arab Gulf’s energy transition. But even as the two countries work to decarbonize their economies, challenges remain.

Report by Dr. Jean-François Seznec; Samer Mosis

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Thu, Jul 29, 2021

Xi Jinping’s politics in command economy

This issue brief examines the key role of Xi Jinping and the CCP in the development of a new strategy for state capitalism in modern China.

Issue Brief by Dexter Tiff Roberts

China East Asia

Wed, Jul 28, 2021

The security of defense trade with allies: Enhancing contact, contracts, and control in supply chains

The COVID-19 pandemic and a wave of “Buy American” policies have cast doubt on the ability of foreign suppliers to provide crucial defense goods and services to the US Department of Defense in times of crisis or conflict. Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow James Hasik recommends the expansion of security of supply agreements (among other measures) to fully leverage the defense-industrial bases of US allies and partners and best support US security priorities.

Issue Brief by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Fri, Jul 23, 2021

A strategic framework for countering China’s human-rights violations in Xinjiang

China is engaged in a systematic campaign of repression against predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwest China, and its actions call for a coordinated response on the part of the United States and its allies.

Issue Brief by Jeffrey Cimmino

China Economic Sanctions

Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Poland and the United States: What’s right, what’s not, and what’s next

Around the time of President Joe Biden’s first trip to Europe in June 2021, US-Polish relations experienced a short, but intense, rough patch. Both the United States and Poland need to look hard at what this relationship can do for both countries and for the transatlantic relationship, and at the sources of problems.

Issue Brief by Daniel Fried, Jakub Wiśniewski

Europe & Eurasia Poland

Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Reassessing RuNet: Russian internet isolation and implications for Russian cyber behavior

This issue brief examines recent “RuNet” developments and explores how they could elevate national security risks for the United States and Europe by changing the internet landscape in Russia and potentially shifting Russian cyber behavior.

Issue Brief by Justin Sherman

Cybersecurity Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Jul 8, 2021

Forgotten places around the world: A call for action

Spatial inequality is in many ways a macro-critical issue, as it directly interferes with broader sustainable growth goals. As the new Biden administration works to develop solutions to boost rural economies, they need to ensure that all levels of government work closely together to actualize real change.

Issue Brief by Martin Mühleisen

Americas Climate Change & Climate Action
india, trade relations

Tue, Jul 6, 2021

Reimagining the US-India trade relationship

The United States and India have long striven to maintain and deepen bilateral ties, weathering Cold War tensions and antagonisms over India’s nuclear tests to reinvigorate linkages and strengthen cooperation.

Report by Ridhika Batra, Mark Linscott, Anand Raghuraman, Harsha Vardhana Singh

Economy & Business Politics & Diplomacy
data, EU, travel

Thu, Jul 1, 2021

Avoiding the next transatlantic security crisis: The looming clash over passenger name record data

The transfer of PNR—personal data of air travelers including names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit card information, even meal preferences and details that can indicate ethnicity, religious belief, or political affiliation—on international flights has become a common practice world-wide since the September 11th attacks.

Issue Brief by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy European Union

Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Hong Kong’s future on edge: Countering China’s national security law

The United States and its allies must take further actions to push back on Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong.

Report by Ash Jain, Joel Kesselbrenner, and Peter Mattis

China Economic Sanctions

Mon, Jun 28, 2021

The strategic importance of sending US vaccines to the Caribbean

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges across the world, it is having a disproportionate impact on countries in our hemisphere.

Issue Brief by Ambassador James Brewster, Wazim Mowla

Americas Caribbean

Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Collective cybersecurity for the Three Seas

In Central and Eastern Europe’s Three Seas region, twelve countries have joined together to invest in critical infrastructure projects and increase interconnectivity on energy, infrastructure, and digitization efforts along the way. To strengthen the resilience of these technical investments and better bind together the defensive cybersecurity operations of these societies, Three Seas member states should establish a regional hub for cybersecurity together with key private sector partners.

Report by Safa Shahwan Edwards, Simon Handler, Trey Herr, Adam Marczyński, and Jakub Teska

Central Europe Cybersecurity

Thu, Jun 24, 2021

No, the US shouldn’t withdraw from the Middle East

Wechsler responds to the New American Engagement Initiative’s latest publication. Read his recommendations and analysis on why the US should not withdraw from the Middle East.

Issue Brief by William F. Wechsler

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jun 18, 2021

Colombia’s National Strike: Overview of the Situation and Strategies Moving Forward

Amid the third peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colombia faces the longest and most destructive mass protests in recent history. The protests, which began on April 28, 2021, were triggered by a tax-reform bill proposed by the government to stabilize public debt and fiscal deficit. Despite the bill’s removal on May 2, 2021, protests continued […]

Issue Brief

Americas Civil Society

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Are dual-capable weapon systems destabilizing? Questioning nuclear-conventional entanglement and inadvertent escalation

Some fear that nuclear-conventional entanglement–the use of the same weapons or sensors for nuclear and conventional weapons–could lead to nuclear war. Are they right? This issue brief argues that fears of entanglement leading to nuclear war are misplaced and rest on poor logical and empirical foundations.

Issue Brief by Matthew Kroenig, Mark J. Massa

China Conflict

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

IN BRIEF: Fifteen takeaways from our new report measuring US and Chinese global influence

The Formal Bilateral Influence Capacity (FBIC) Index tracks and quantifies the intensifying competition between China and the United States, measuring influence between pairs of states over the last six decades through the volume of their interactions and the dependence that countries have on one another.

Report by Jonathan D. Moyer, Collin J. Meisel, Austin S. Matthews, David K. Bohl, and Mathew J. Burrows

China Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Financing the future: Measuring and reporting climate-related risks

Financial regulatory institutions around the world are exploring initiatives to expand the mandatory-disclosure framework to provide meaningful perspective on exposures to climate-related risks. However, the stakes here are high. Mismeasurement can lead to material adverse consequences for economic activity. As a result, any changes will require very careful analysis.

Issue Brief by Barbara C. Matthews

Climate Change & Climate Action Economy & Business

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

What choices remain for the United States in Syria?

In a new issue brief Nate Rosenblatt and Jomana Qaddour describe the challenges the United States faces in Syria, including Russia’s attempt to expand the UN Strategic Framework as well the struggle to keep the UN humanitarian border crossings open in northern Syria.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Nate Rosenblatt and Jomana Qaddour

Human Rights International Organizations