Balkans Debrief

May 28, 2024

#BalkansDebrief – Why is distrust in institutions alarming for the Balkans? | A debrief with Amila Karačić

In this episode of #BalkansDebrief, Nonresident Senior Fellow Ilva Tare sits down with Amila Karacic of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Bosnia & Herzegovina to discuss IRI's recent polling trends in the Western Balkans.

European Union Nationalism


May 20, 2024

Parliament was dissolved in Kuwait and hardly anyone noticed

By Richard LeBaron

The conflict between the opposition-dominated parliament and the appointed cabinet is not new, and this is not the first time the parliament has been suspended.

Democratic Transitions Elections

In the News

May 2, 2024

Idlbi interviewed in Al Jumhuriyah to discuss the Syria Strategy Project

By Atlantic Council

Arabic Middle East

In the News

Apr 18, 2024

Thomas Warrick mentioned in The Cipher Brief about an open letter to the Senate on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

On April 18, Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Thomas S. Warrick was mentioned in a Cipher Brief article releasing an open letter to the Senate. Signed by a group of former senior national security officials, this letter urged the reform of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, adopting The Reforming Intelligence and Securing […]

Civil Society Political Reform


Apr 11, 2024

Ukraine’s veterans can transform the country’s postwar political landscape

By Kateryna Odarchenko

While the Russian invasion of Ukraine is still far from over, it already looks likely that Ukrainian military veterans will play a key role in their country's postwar politics, writes Kateryna Odarchenko.

Civil Society Conflict


Apr 9, 2024

Georgia launches new push to adopt Russian-style foreign agent law

By Mercedes Sapuppo

Georgia’s ruling party has revived plans to pass legislation tightening restrictions on civil society, despite the fact that the same draft law sparked mass protests just one year ago, writes Mercedes Sapuppo.

Civil Society Conflict

New Atlanticist

Apr 8, 2024

Bangladesh’s election: Widely boycotted or widely accepted?

By Gautam Lahiri

The official voter turnout reached 41.8 percent—a lower figure than in Bangladesh’s last contested election, albeit not an unprecedented low.

Bangladesh Elections


Mar 19, 2024

Ukraine’s partners should link wartime aid to continued reform progress

By Mykhailo Zhernakov, Nestor Barchuk

It is crucial for Ukraine’s international allies to link continued wartime financial assistance with the implementation of reforms, write Mykhailo Zhernakov and Nestor Barchuk.

Civil Society Conflict

New Atlanticist

Mar 18, 2024

Addressing Haiti’s turmoil starts with its Caribbean neighbors—and US and Canadian support

By Jason Marczak, Wazim Mowla

A long-term approach is needed in which Caribbean leaders are in the driver’s seat, while Washington and Ottawa help to offset the costs.

Caribbean Crisis Management

In the News

Mar 18, 2024

Charai in National Interest: Iran Needs A New Round of Sanctions

By Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East