Op-Eds | 2016

A displaced woman carries goods as United Nations Mission in South Sudan peacekeepers patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians site in Juba on October 4, 2016.


October 13, 2016

Impose an arms embargo in South Sudan

Jacey FortinBoston Globe

“For many South Sudanese, peace has been punitive. Millions have been displaced by a civil war that began in 2013, two years after the country achieved independence,” writes Jacey Fortin, the Center’s Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow, in an opinion piece for the Boston Globe.



July 13, 2016

The strategic implications of the South China Sea tribunal’s award

M. Taylor FravelThe National Interest

On July 12, the tribunal hearing the case issued its ruling that can only be described as a huge win for the Philippines. Digesting all 507 pages of the award will take time, allowing only for preliminary judgments to be made. I discuss several strategic implications.


May 8, 2016

Putin's pullout: a failing public relations campaign

Carol R. SaivetzLawfare

Russia won in Syria—or so Putin would like us to believe. The Russian intervention seemed to tip the balance of forces in Assad's favor, and Russia announced a pullout with its mission accomplished. Carol Saivetz of MIT, a regular Lawfare contributor, makes the case for skepticism. 

A Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A, designed by DCNS specifically for the Royal Australian Navy as Australia intends to buy 12 new submarines, is seen in this illustration picture released by France's DCNS to Reuters, April 26, 2016.


May 3, 2016

Poor substitute

By Eric Heginbotham and Richard J. Samuels Foreign Affairs

The announcement last week that Australia will replace its aging submarine fleet with Shortfin Barracuda submarines from France is an enormous missed opportunity, not only for Australia, but also for its most important allies, Japan and the United States. 

Navy ship


April 26, 2016

US Navy ships shouldn't be floating billboards for democrats

Harvey M. SapolskyThe National Interest

The secretaries of the armed services have been losing power ever since the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947. The service secretaries are no longer members of the president’s cabinet and rarely perform more than ceremonial duties. 


April 19, 2016

SCOTUS and immigration: the politics behind the case

John TirmanHuffington Post

The oral arguments before the US Supreme Court on President Obama’s executive order on immigration were made Monday, and afterwards most observers agreed it’s not clear how the Court will decide the case. 


March 22, 2016

Has ISIS declared war on Europe?

Jim WalshWBUR: Here & Now

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks in Brussels today. Here & Now's security analyst Jim Walsh discusses the attacks with host Robin Young.


March 10, 2016

To stop the missiles, stop North Korea, Inc.

Jim Walsh and John ParkThe New York Times

American diplomats should be proud of the new sanctions on North Korea that the United Nations Security Council passed last week. In response to a nuclear test in January and missile launch in February, the Council, at the United States’ urging, agreed to a ban on North Korean imports of jet fuel and to mandate inspections of all cargo coming into or out of North Korea. 


March 4, 2016

North Korea ramps up nuclear readiness

Jim WalshWBUR: Here & Now

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his country's nuclear weapons should be ready for use "at any time." Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd asks security analyst Jim Walsh about that and what this new declaration from Kim really signifies.


February 8, 2016

UN condemns North Korea rocket launch

Jim WalshWBUR: Here & Now

The United Nations Security Council say it will impose new sanctions on North Korea after its launch of a long-range rocket. Sunday's action follows a fourth nuclear test a few weeks ago, and the two acts violate existing sanctions. Here & Now's Robin Young checks in with our security analyst Jim Walsh.


January 27, 2016

Sanders’ surge is part of a growing global movement

Meera SrinivasanBoston Globe

The rebellious energy of Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the presidency in the United States, coupled with some good timing, has fueled global hopes that the left could be poised to make a comeback in Western democracies after decades of retreat.


January 26, 2016

Beyond the Syria debacle

John TirmanHuffington Post

It is unlikely that the upcoming Syria talks in Geneva will in any way resolve the crisis or even move closer to a resolution. That hopelessness is evident on all sides. 


January 4, 2016

Saudi allies sever ties with Iran

Jim WalshWBUR: Here & Now

The execution of a Shiite cleric by Saudi Arabia on Saturday sparked violent anti-Saudi protests in Iran yesterday. In response, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran last night, and allies including Sudan and Bahrain followed suit this morning.