Arms control regimes fail when they are needed most. When international tensions run high, governments tend to listen to military advice. This undermines the prospect and stability of arms control.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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…
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.
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…
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.