The 2016 Bernard Brodie Prize

The winner of the 2016 Brodie Prize is John Mitton for his article ‘Selling Schelling Short: Reputations and American Coercive Diplomacy after Syria’. Did it matter whether President Obama followed up on his red line threat in Syria?

Armies should be self-aware when using historical lessons

Military strategy is often informed by lessons from the past. Which lessons armies pick up and use, however, depends on organizational filters. Due to organizational layering, armies may collect contradictory lessons leading to incoherent policy.

Preventing Nuclear Disaster in South Asia: The role of the United States

The current trends in the South Asian nuclear rivalry are likely to make the US crisis management role more challenging in any future crisis iterations, with no guarantee of success, but it is crucial that the US remain engaged and try to prevent escalation.

Something Must Be Done, But What? On Humanitarian Interventions

When confronted by shocking images of gross human rights violations, massacres and massive flows of refugees, many people may shout: ‘something must be done!’ Unfortunately, such tragic images are, on a daily basis, coming out of Syria and northern Iraq…

The precarious China-Russia partnership erodes security in East Asia

The real progress in building partnership is far weaker than Moscow and Beijing try to demonstrate, but this is worrisome news for their East Asian neighbors.

On Style: Adopting the APA System

You may have noticed that Contemporary Security Policy is undergoing a number of changes. Some of these have to do with the new editorship. Others are unrelated. Starting with the April 2016 issue, we changed the layout of our articles. This is…

Rising Bipolarity in the South China Sea

Despite soft-balancing by the United States and its pivot to Asia, China is likely to continue its expansionist policies in the South China Sea.

Shortlist 2016 Bernard Brodie Prize

Contemporary Security Policy awards the Bernard Brodie Prize annually to the author of an outstanding article published in the journal the previous year. The award is named for Dr. Bernard Brodie (1918-1978), author of The Absolute Weapon (1946), Strategy in the…

Prepare for the Coming Multi-Order World

The international system is changing. Observers have expressed that ‘the world is spinning out of control’ and that we appear to be returning to a multipolar system. Rather what appears on the horizon is a completely different international system: one of different international orders.

Un(wo)manned Aerial Vehicles: How UAVs Influence Masculinity In The Conflict Arena

As a result of the introduction of drones (or UAVs), there have been numerous studies on the moral and ethical uses of an asymmetrical warfare, a war where one side is vastly superior to the other. However, not much research…