Private Space wins the Race

At this moment no one really knows what President Donald Trump's space policy will be. His State of the Union speech on February 28 made only one fleeting vague comment about space, stating that "American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream." And though in the past he has expressed enthusiastic support for space exploration, and his transition team has indicated a preference for private commercial space plus a desire to return to the Moon, no specific details about their policy have been released.

Belarus: Between Russia and the West

For 22 years Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has tacked toward Russia but kept channels open to the West, while maintaining an authoritarian grip on power. Frightened by Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, he assumed the mantle of defender of Belarusian sovereignty. Reverting to form, however, Lukashenka recently unleashed riot police to suppress an upsurge in anti-government protests. Does unrest threaten Lukashenka’s power? Might Russia intervene? And does the West have a role?

Ten Years On, Reassessing the ‘Surge’

Ten years ago U.S. forces “surged” into Iraq. The operation was seen as a bold and unexpected move to rescue a counterinsurgency strategy that had been failing. Over the past decade, there have been countless articles assessing whether the surge “worked” and was what reduced sectarian violence in Iraq, as well as whether population-centric counterinsurgency – the idea of protecting the people rather than merely killing the enemy – is the way to defeat insurgencies.