Intelligence

U.S. Defense

The ability to effectively collect intelligence helps inform sound foreign policy decisionmaking in government. Stimson examines how evolving technologies such as UAVs impact the U.S.’ ability to collect and capture intelligence around the world.

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Current Research

May 24, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Peter Makowsky and Jenny Town READ MORE

March 13, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu, Peter Makowsky and Jenny Town. Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri) shows no changes to the launch pad or engine test stand between March 8 and March 13. READ MORE

March 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Jenny Town READ MORE

January 16, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jenny Town, Peter Makowsky and Irv Buck READ MORE

April 19, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Steve Coll’s new book picks up where he left off in Ghost Wars, published in 2004. Together, the two volumes are more than a 1,500-page thick opus on futility, confusion, misplaced hopes and serious errors. READ MORE

June 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Shannon Dick

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or what are more commonly referred to as drones, have become a key component of U.S. counterterrorism policy. Under the Obama administration, armed drones were used to strike terrorist targets in a number of theaters, both within and outside of active combat zones. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

The Stimson Centre's recent report on drones was thorough, extraordinarily comprehensive and balanced. Even so, there are two potential shortcomings if one approaches the findings from a South Asia viewpoint - the first is the evolving notion of state sovereignty, the second is the slippery slope of drone proliferation. READ MORE

September 26, 2013 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay , EXPERT: Nate Olson

There is urgent need for a "new normal" in public-private relationships on security issues. This report aims to kick-start a new dialogue on making that a reality. READ MORE

May 15, 2013 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay

A discussion with Brian Michael Jenkins about his new book, "When Armies Divide: The Security of Nuclear Arsenals During Revolts, Coups and Civil Wars." READ MORE

May 26, 2011

Ambassador Bloomfield sat down with Alain Le Roy, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, for this month's Chairman's Forum. Mr. Le Roy discussed the role of peacekeeping operations in the world today, as well as other topics related to international peace and security. Mr. READ MORE

January 4, 2011 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams , EXPERT: Matthew Leatherman

The United States faces a watershed moment: it must decide whether to increase its already massive debt in order to continue being the world’s sheriff or restrain its military missions and focus on economic recovery. READ MORE

December 30, 2010

By Carrielyn O'Connell - Iran's nuclear program has led the international community to fear that Iran is seeking, and may acquire in a few years, a nuclear weapon capability. The US and its allies have sought to engage Iran diplomatically on the issue, but neither READ MORE

October 20, 2010

Chairman's Forum: General Michael V. Hayden on North Korea READ MORE

October 20, 2010

Chairman's Forum: General Michael V. Hayden on Intelligence and the Executive Branch READ MORE

October 20, 2010

Chairman's Forum: General Michael V. Hayden on Open Source Intelligence READ MORE

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