5 Potential Global Flashpoints

By Michael Petilli   There are many challenges facing the world today, none more pressing than the threat of Islamic terrorism. We must of course face this problem head on but as grand strategists we are also tasked to look beyond the challenge of today and discern and mitigate future conflicts and disasters. In this…

5 Resources to Help You Understand Human Rights

Why be concerned about human rights? As the world we live in becomes increasingly more global, it is important to protect the rights of people from both State and non-State actors. Just as there are laws that govern domestic protections, there are laws and mechanisms that attempt to regulate abuses internationally.

Turkey’s Minority Crisis: Isolation In A Post-ISIS World

“The way to close one’s own dark pages of history is not by maligning another country’s history,” said, Mevlut Casuvoglut, Foreign Minister for Turkey, tweeted on the Turkish Twitter account. What could be a good lesson in your elementary school civics class was actually directed at the German Bundestag or parliament, where legislators passed a…

5 LEADERS TO WATCH IN 2016

As the first half of 2016 comes to a close, we want to draw some perspective on who the rising leaders are around the world. While many are promising great change, it is unclear as to how many of them will change the current state of international affairs for better or worse. As to how it will affect the United States, it is too early to tell.

Enterprise, Alabama’s 3 Impacts on American Foreign Policy

Have you heard of Enterprise, Alabama? If you have never heard of it, I won’t blame you. It is neither  bustling city, nor a tourist destination, unless you are an agriculture enthusiast. If so, you will be attracted to a most unique statue of lady liberty holding up a golden boll weevil in the middle…

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT: The South China Sea

The South China Sea is the backyard for a number of neighbors who have not necessarily gotten along throughout history. The past decade has seen minor spats between countries turn into full blown showdowns. As the tension continues to mount it is critical to understand the different components of this potential flashpoint. 1. There Is…

The Space Czars: A New Vision of Outer Space

A group of businessmen and engineers are changing how US space programs will be carried out. The future of US programs is no longer in NASA, but in space entrepreneurs who are competing with Washington and everyone else for a voice in Outer Space.

Brazil After Rousseff: The Americas’ First Strategy

Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, wrote in 2008 about the need to recognize what national interest meant in the conduct of US foreign relations. America has always been successful in combining realism and idealism, taking the values of American foreign policy and reconciling them the real decisions we have…

Hard Choices for US Foreign Policy

The 2016 Presidential Elections in the United States has been notable for a couple of “firsts” and a few “twists” uncommon in the modern presidential campaigns. Among such firsts are likely to be the first woman nominated for the presidency (Hillary Clinton), and the first time potential candidates for either party will not reflect the…

Open Letter On Democracy & Islam

To US Grand Strategists: Paul Kagame, the current President of Rwanda, described that a certain wave of democracy that has taken root across the world, notably in Africa. In his summation, “democracy has been adopted in form, but not substance or style.” Kagame, who has long remained President of post-war, post genocide Rwanda, is one…

Nagorno Karabakh: Flashpoint of Rivalry

On April 2nd, the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a strip of highlands situated between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the South Caucasus Mountains, a region caught within a one of many frozen wars left over by the Soviet Union’s break up, went hot.  An Azeri helicopter was shot down by the Karabakh Defense Forces, largely under the control…

EuroSiege: US Foreign Policy Post-Brussels

Last week’s assault on Brussels by Islamic State operatives laid bear the reality that Europe is a continent under siege. Just four months after the Paris attacks shocked the world with their sophisticated and coordinated execution by ISIS operatives, Europe is now reeling from a devastating attack that is only darkening the political climate that…