Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane: Possible Consequences for the Turkey – Russia Relationship

A week ago Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter plane that according to Turkey had violated its airspace on multiple occasions. After having warned the plane without success, the Turks decided to engage. Subsequently, the plane was downed with an air-to-air-missile. The two pilots successfully ejected from their plane, and one of them was then killed by Turkmen rebels while still parachuting down. These actions can have serious consequences in the relationship between Moscow and Ankara, and can further complicate the broader conflict in Syria and the Middle East.

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Low Turnout at Polls Challenge Legitimacy of Egyptian Government

In spite of the government’s insistence that these elections were part of Egypt’s democratic transition, the low turnout indicates an erosion of political participation that has challenged the legitimacy of the nascent government.

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Christine Todd Whitman Quoted in Politico Article

Politico recently published an article about President Obama's role in the upcoming climate change conference held in Paris and how he will be able to juggle the dual threats of climate change and terrorism, with or without Congress's help.

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Global Security Forum 2015

On Monday, November 16th, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted the Global Security Forum 2015 in Washington, DC. The event featured panels of government officials, think tank fellows, and business professionals to discuss the major national security issues facing the nation and the possible solutions to these bedeviling quandaries.

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Unlocking the Secrets of Cyber Hazards

This post orginally appeared in AFCEA’s SIGNAL Magazine quarterly CyberEdge issue.  Security products are like crack to security professionals—they just cannot get enough. These products appear to be the panacea practitioners are seeking, but they often are not what they seem. They do not always solve problems, and they leave security experts continually looking for […]

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Paris Terrorist Attacks Aftermath: The EU Mutual Defense Clause

Last weekend France – for the second time this year – was hit by a series of coordinated terrorist attacks on its capital. The iconic city of love once again found itself at the main stage of international terrorism. President Francois Hollande addressed a joint session of both houses of parliament in Versailles on Monday, […]

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Reality, Risk and Potential: Managing Today’s Conflicts

On Monday, October 26th at the Council on Foreign Relation’s, Foreign Affairs and the International Crisis Group (ICG) in New York hosted an event on “Reality, Risk, and Potential: Managing Today’s Conflicts.” The event featured panels of experts consisting of think tank fellows, academics, journalists, and business professionals.

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Who Wields Iranian Sanctions Authority?

On December 28, 1977, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) was signed into law, which allows a president to intervene in any U.S. business transactions with a foreign entity if a state of emergency is declared.

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