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Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy

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An interactive visualization and downloadable dataset of overseas US active duty troop presence from 1991-2020.
By James Siebens  ·  Ryan Lucas  ·  Jocelyn Wang
Published July 14, 2021

If 2020 marked a record year in the history of Sino-American relations, the watchword of the Indo-Pacific was “Taiwan.” Tensions between China and Taiwan reached their highest point since the 1996 Crisis: China displayed the largest show of force in th …

Would the American Public Really Defend Taiwan? Read More »

By James Loomis
Published January 19, 2021

This article was originally published in the Diplomat
Published January 15, 2021

This article was originally published in The National Interest
Published December 24, 2020

This article was originally published by the Center for a New American Security
By Melanie W. Sisson Author
Published August 28, 2020

This article was originally published in Breaking Defense.
Published August 7, 2020

Insight for defense policymakers that challenges longstanding assumptions
Published June 25, 2020

The US will is sure to become a great power amongst many in the years to come post-pandemic
By Barry Blechman Author
Published June 17, 2020

Press Release
Study challenges conventional wisdom on using the military to achieve foreign policy objectives
Published June 15, 2020

Examining the use of the U.S. military force as a coercive tool, using lessons drawn from the post-Cold War era (1991–2018).
By Barry Blechman Editor & Co-Author ·  James Siebens Editor & Co-Author ·  Melanie W. Sisson Editor & Co-Author
Published June 15, 2020

Multistakeholder Perspectives on the Potential Benefits, Risks, and Governance Options for Military Applications of Artificial Intelligence Few developments in science and technology hold as much promise for the future of humanity as the suite of compu …

The Militarization of Artificial Intelligence Read More »

Published June 8, 2020

Project Note
Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy reveals that despite its status as sole superpower during the post-Cold War period (1991-2018), US efforts to coerce other states failed as often as they succeeded. In the coming decades the United States will fa …

Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy: The Use of Force Short of War Read More »

Published May 13, 2020

NATO should rethink it’s deterrence strategy and ensure Russia knows when it crossed a line
By Melanie W. Sisson Author
Published December 17, 2019

We Don’t Need Airstrikes to Restore Deterrence in the Strait of Hormuz Dr. Christopher Bolan argues convincingly that one reason U.S. deterrence is failing in the Strait of Hormuz is that U.S. policymakers are not clearly communicating their demands. T …

We Don’t Need Airstrikes to Restore Deterrence in the Strait of Hormuz Read More »

Published June 25, 2019

Featuring: Austin Carson is a professor of political science at the University of Chicago. Sameer Lalwani is a senior fellow and director of the South Asia program at the Stimson Center. Melanie Sisson is a senior fellow and director of the defense str …

Secret Wars: Insights from the Backstage of Covert Conflict Read More »

Published April 29, 2019 / Held May 14, 2019

Panelists include: Michael S. Chase, Senior Political Scientist at RAND, an Adjunct Professor in the China Studies and Strategic Studies Departments at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., …

US-China Competition “Short of War,” 1991-2018 Read More »

Published March 12, 2019 / Held March 26, 2019

Join Stimson’s Defense Strategy and Planning program in welcoming Thomas Wright and Michael Kofman, who will discuss their recent studies on US and NATO efforts to confront Russia short of war. In recent years, the US and its NATO allies have become in …

Competing with Russia “Short of War”: How the US and NATO have Countered Russian Coercion Panel Discussion Read More »

Published February 13, 2019 / Held February 25, 2019

Featuring: Kenneth M. Pollack, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Barry Blechman, Co-founder and Distinguished Fellow at The Stimson Center
Published January 11, 2019 / Held January 23, 2019

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is against women in combat. He made this clear in his 2017 confirmation hearings, in comments given on Tuesday at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), whose student body is 89 percent male, a …

Mattis is poisoning the well on women in combat Read More »

Published September 30, 2018

Increasingly, US and European leaders are questioning whether international organizations such as NATO are worth the costs. In this talk, Heidi Hardt, assistant professor of political science at the Univeristy of California, Irvine, argues th …

NATO in the Changing World Order: Strategic Lessons from Military Operations Read More »

Published August 27, 2018 / Held September 5, 2018

President Trump’s confounding behavior during the recent meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and at this week’s Helsinki summit with Russia has produced no shortage of dismay among those who believe that the defense of the Eu …

NATO Isn’t Cheap—and It’s Still Worth the Price Read More »

Published July 28, 2018

Much has been made of President Trump’s post-summit announcement that he was cancelling joint war games with South Korea. In light of his recent campaign of “maximum pressure” and last summer’s threats of “fire and fury like the world has never se …

Concession…or Common Sense? Trading Drills for Dialogue Read More »

Published June 13, 2018

Delaying Foal Eagle 2018 made an underappreciated contribution toward the first meeting of U.S. and North Korean heads of state. U.S. and South Korean officials credit the U.S. strategy of maximum pressure and “zero concessions …

How Postponing a Wargame Helped Create a Diplomatic Opening Read More »

Published March 12, 2018

Policy Paper
The use of military force has been a difficult subject for American leaders for three decades. Ever since the failure of American policy and military power in Vietnam, it has been hard for U.S. policy makers to gain domestic support for the use of forc …

Defining Moment: The Threat and Use of Force in American Foreign Policy Since 1989 Read More »

Published May 4, 1998

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