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    The Syrian Off Ramp to Nowhere

    President Obama’s speech tonight makes one thing clear: Despite all his bellicose rhetoric, he never wanted to strike Syria in the first place. Yes, he has focused on making a case for military action, but the real action now will be diplomatic—responding to the Russian proposal to eliminate Syria’s chemical … More

    Syria and Iran Could Retaliate with Cyber Attacks

    With the U.S. and allies actively considering military action against the Syrian regime for reportedly using chemical weapons, the U.S. cannot ignore the possibility that Syria, and its ally Iran, will strike back at the U.S. with cyber weapons. Reuters is reporting that if the U.S. does intervene in Syria, … More

    The Impending U.S. Signature of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The United States could be free to sign the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty as soon as Thursday. When the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened for national signatures on June 3, Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed it with open arms, noting that the U.S. “look[ed] forward to signing it … More

    Iran's Covert Cyber War

    Over the weekend, Hassan Rowhani, a former top nuclear negotiator, was officially sworn in as Iran’s new president. Unfortunately, there are no indications that he will curtail Iran’s nuclear or cyber activities. While most are concerned with the military implications of Tehran’s expanding nuclear program, there is little focus on … More

    Why Ignoring Russian Arms Cheating Leaves the United States Vulnerable

    The Obama Administration appears to be ignoring Russian violations of arms control agreements in favor of securing future agreements, which will eventually leave the United States vulnerable to Russia’s growing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities. In a recent article, Mark Schneider of the National Institute for Public Policy points out … More

    Snowden Asylum Is Burying Obama’s Russian "Reset"

    The Kremlin delivered a diplomatic blow to U.S.–Russian relations when Moscow granted former NSA analyst Edward Snowden a temporary political asylum. Now, the White House may cancel a U.S.–Russia summit that was scheduled for early September, and Obama’s Russian reset policy will require significant re-examination. This will be the first … More

    As Commodities Prices Fall, Economic Freedom Should Rise

    New reports are hinting that an end to the decade-long run-up of the prices of commodities prices is here. For years, emerging markets such as China rapidly sucked up natural resources to fuel their hasty economic expansions, inflating the cost of commodities such as coal, iron, and oil. Meanwhile, resource-endowed … More

    Hacker Ring Taken Down

    Last week, prosecutors announced charges against four Russians and one Ukrainian for what is being called the largest-known hacking and data theft operation to be prosecuted in the U.S. The hackers are accused of several high-profile hacks over the past six years that netted them over 160 million credit and … More

    Snowden “on a Leash”: The High-Stakes Game in Russia

    President Obama is considering cancellation of his summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the September G-20 confab over Russia’s harboring of the American fugitive Edward Snowden. This would be the first time since the end of the Cold War that the U.S. cancels a previously scheduled summit. Snowden gave … More

    Lithuania LNG Terminal a Big Step in the Right Direction

    Lithuania is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the port of Klaipeda. The project, which is expected to be operational by 2014, will give the Baltic nation access to the world’s LNG market. Today, the nation’s existing natural gas infrastructure consists of a single pipeline owned by the … More