U.S. Defense Department

February 17, 2017

This week, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis issued an ultimatum to NATO members to increase their defense spending by the end of the year; Kim Jong-un’s older half-brother was assassinated in Malaysia; Russia launched a cruise missile in an apparent violation of a Cold War-era treaty; and more.

U.S. Defense Department

February 15, 2017

Developing its South China Sea strategy is one of the most urgent and challenging tasks facing the Trump administration, writes Nina Hachigian in Foreign Policy.

Paul Arne Wagner

February 10, 2017

This week, massive protests continued in Romania following a government decree to decriminalize corruption; North Korea continues to build out its missile program; the former prime minister of Somalia wins the country’s presidential election; and more.

February 10, 2017

The U.S.-Mexico relationship is the strongest it’s ever been, but its future is unpredictable, Dr. Pamela Starr and Mr. Seth Stodder told Pacific Council members in a Situation Briefing.

U.S. Defense Department

February 6, 2017

The U.S. government's vetting process for admitting refugees into the United States is already extreme, Dr. Elizabeth Ferris and Colonel (r.) Steve Miska told Pacific Council members during a Situation Briefing teleconference.

February 3, 2017

This week, Iran conducted a ballistic missile test, prompting a response from the Trump administration; renewed fighting broke out between Ukrainian soldiers and Russian-backed rebels; the 28th African Union Summit concluded in Addis Ababa; and more.


January 31, 2017

The extradition of Mexican drug kingpin "El Chapo" to the United States represents an opportunity for the two neighbors to strengthen their security relationship despite a backdrop of increasing tensions, write Robert Bonner and Gillian Horton in Foreign Affairs.

Bruno Sanchez-Andrade

January 27, 2017

This week, President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and a promised U.S.-Mexico border wall increase tensions between the two governments; the UK’s Supreme Court rules parliament must vote to approve a Brexit; Israel announces more settlement homes in the West Bank; and more.

Carmichael Yepez

January 20, 2017

This week, the Iraqi government said they have retained full control of eastern Mosul; UK Prime Minister Theresa May outlined Britain’s plans for leaving the EU; U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers are accused of blocking asylum-seekers from entering at the U.S.-Mexico border; and more.


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