Russia: The Chinese Gas Station of the Future?

June 10, 2014

Does a lucrative natural gas contract between Russia and China signal closer energy ties? In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin triumphantly returned home from a two-day state visit to China. Ostensibly, he was there to participate in a regional security conference. More importantly, he was...

Crimea and the State of Secessionism

May 22, 2014

Recent events in Crimea are indicative of a larger phenomenon: the rise of independence movements by distinct identity groups across the globe. No one has any illusions regarding Russia’s frequent intrusions into its neighbors’ affairs. The Kremlin considers all post-Soviet states — with...

Norwegian Immigration and Europe’s Swiss Dilemma

May 20, 2014

Norway will not seek to emulate Switzerland's policy on immigration quotas. At first glance, Norway and Switzerland seem to have much in common. Both are prosperous alpine nations with relatively small populations (5.1 million and 8 million), while they also have some of the lowest unemployment...

Our Man in Kabul: America and the Next President of Afghanistan

April 04, 2014

What does Washington hope for from Afghanistan's next leader? After 13 long years, over a trillion dollars spent and thousands of lost lives, the United States is finally bowing out of Afghanistan. To outsiders, Afghanistan might still seem like a fragile state racked by continuous...

Shale and European Energy Security

March 26, 2014

What does the shale revolution mean for European energy security? The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts the United States will surpass Russia as the world's largest gas producer and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest oil producer by 2015 and 2020, respectively. The catalyst in...

Afghan Children: Growing Up With Drones and Landmines

February 21, 2014

Childhood in Afghanistan is about constantly living in fear of death from skies. A Predator drone can reach an altitude of 25,000 feet and hover at such heights for up to 40 hours. Yet, fair weather permitting, the buzz of its propellers can be perceptible to those who happen to fall under its...

Arctic Energy Security: A Tepid Frontier?

December 13, 2013

Will the Arctic be a site of conflict or cooperation? The Arctic, a region composed of the area above 66.34° north latitude, may be the last great frontier on earth, but its time as a frigid backwater tackled only by the intrepid few may finally be coming to an end. The Polar region...