Tinker, Tailor, Soldie...

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, “Volunteer”

  By Elizabeth Pond “An exclusive report on the inner workings of Russian intelligence in Ukraine, from the Berlin Policy Journal’s network of highly placed (fictional) intelligence operatives.” The full article was published in the Berlin Policy Journal on December 15, 2015 and can be found here.

Will Ukraine’s O...

Will Ukraine’s Oligarchs Now Snatch Defeat?

By Elizabeth Pond Ukraine has miraculously fought the Russian military behemoth to a standstill and fighting has ceased in the Donbas.  With Russian pressure off, Ukraine’s oligarchs are turning complacent and sliding back into corruption as usual.  The question now becomes whether they will block real reform and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. […]

Will Ukraine snatch de...

Will Ukraine snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

By Elizabeth Pond With the heavy guns suddenly silenced on the Donbass “truce” line for a month, a new era has begun. The reading of many Ukrainians (I agree) is that Sphynx Putin has finally realized that his undeclared war on Ukraine is hurting Russia itself more than Ukraine or the West and is trying […]

Women, Peace and Secur...

Women, Peace and Security in Dutch Foreign Policy: A Recommendation for the New National Action Plan

By Alex Paul The Netherlands has long been at the forefront of women, peace and security issues. A Security Council member when Resolution 1325 was adopted in 2000, it will launch its third National Action Plan (NAP) for 1325 by the end of 2015. However, strong support for the principles and objectives of 1325 has […]

Comparing the All Star...

Comparing the All Stars to the Farm Team

Written by Ellen L. Haring Last month the Marine Corps began prepping the battlefield for their request for an exception to policy to keep women out of infantry occupations and units. On 10 September, the Marines released a 4-pague summary outlining findings from their gender integrated experimental task force which provided data that, not surprisingly, […]

A Useful Stalemate in ...

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  Photo credit: Nicolas Raymond / freestock.ca¹ By Elizabeth Pond Elizabeth Pond argues that Putin’s undeclared war on once-fraternal Ukraine has destroyed Moscow’s influence on Kiev, forged genuine Ukrainian identity in resistance and ended in a roughly stable stalemate in the eastern 3% of Ukraine that Russia now controls. However bitter that stalemate is to […]

Leveraging the Women, ...

Leveraging the Women, Peace and Security Plan

by Anna Powles and Jacqui True Anna Powles and Jacqui True analyze New Zealand’s draft National Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. They take a deeper look at the five focus areas of the National Action Plan: (1) ensuring women’s involvement in decision-making within conflict and post-conflict […]

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

  Written by Elizabeth Pond No, the West has not (yet) lost Ukraine in Vladimir Putin’s Russian roulette, and the fragile Minsk truce and Western sanctions on Moscow over its land grab in Ukraine have not failed. A more nuanced reading of the current state of affairs in the Ukraine crisis would stress that we are […]

Active Defense in the ...

Active Defense in the Cyber Domain: The Implications of the New Defense White Paper on China’s Military Strategy

Written by Elsa B. Kania Elsa Kania is a rising senior at Harvard College and was a 2014-2015 Boren Scholar in Beijing. She is currently an intern on the threat intelligence team at FireEye. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of FireEye, Inc.  The Chinese Ministry of National […]

Ukraine and the 4 Ms: ...

Ukraine and the 4 Ms: McCain, Mearsheimer, Motyl, and Merkel

By Elizabeth Pond In a two part series, “What Next for Ukraine?” and “A Farewell to Arms?,” Elizabeth Pond evaluates two opposing trends of analysis regarding the situation in Ukraine: Alexander Motyl and Angela Merkel vs. John McCain and John Mearsheimer. She argues that Motyl and Merkel believe Russia is losing the battle, which gives […]

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