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June 24, 2023

Interview with Dr. Peter Eltsov on Wagner Group Insurgency (Russian VoA)

CISA Professor Dr. Peter Eltsov was interviewed about the Wagner Group insurgency in Russia, which was broadcast live on the Russian Service of the Voice of America.

June 20, 2023

The Role and Limits of Special Operations in Strategic Competition

As the US shifts from counterterrorism to strategic competition against state rivals, the role of its special operations forces is also changing. David H Ucko explores the promise and limitations of special operations in this new era, identifying their contribution but also the need for a broader response.

June 20, 2023

The Central Intelligence Act of 1949

The Central Intelligence Act of 1949, passed seventy-four years ago this summer, did not create the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the agency had been created in 1947, in a brief section of the gargantuan National Security Act of 1947. The 1949 Act, however, set the groundwork for what the agency would become in the following decades, by exempting if from public disclosure regarding its activities, budget, and personnel.

June 18, 2023

Podcast: How Colonialism Shapes Our Discussion About Central Asia

A recent article from the American Political Science Association (APSA) examined how the words used to describe Central Asia sometimes reinforce the region’s image as being part of Russia or the Soviet Union. Amid growing awareness of Central Asia’s colonial history, some argue it is time to move beyond terms such as “post-Soviet,” “near abroad,” or “Russia’s backyard” when referring to Central Asia today.

June 13, 2023

Interview with Dr. Peter Eltsov on the Russian-Ukrainian War and NATO (Russian VoA)

On June 13, CISA Professor Dr. Peter Eltsov discussed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Washington, the NATO forthcoming summit in Vilnius, the Russian-Ukrainian war, and other related issues on the Russian service of the Voice of America with writer and political analyst Yuri Felshtinsky. Felshtinsky is best known for his book

May 29, 2023

Podcast: Democracy in Central Asia

Central Asia stands at a pivotal crossroads, with the next few months likely to set the course for the region going forward. In Part 2 of this podcast, Dr. Erica Marat guides us through the most democratic of the Central Asian republics, and the paradox of this progress under the rule of strongman presidents, including the current President Sadyr Japarov.

May 28, 2023

Queen of Cities: A discussion on the Fall of Constantinople

On May 28, CISA Professor Dr. Andrew Novo was interviewed by Thanos Davelis of The Hellenic American Leadership Council about his novel, Queen of Cities, and the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.

May 18, 2023

Japan: New Lord of the Subsea?

As threats to the global web of subsea fiber-optic cables become more prominent, Japan has an opportunity to become a leader in submarine cable laying, repair, and security.

May 16, 2023

Ukraine: The Moment of Truth Is Near

The government in Kyiv knows something even the West finds hard to admit; that its fight for survival is based on performance bonuses.

May 15, 2023

China's Maritime Silk Route and the MENA Region 1

The Routledge Companion to China and the Middle East and North Africa brings together China scholars from around the world, including from China, the MENA region, the United States, Asia, and Europe. The contributors, experts in their respective areas––which range from politics, military and nuclear power to economics, energy, and tourism––use different methodologies to understand China’s policies in the MENA.