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In a recent article for The Global Post, the Intelligence Studies Project's Research Fellow Dr. Kiril Avramov analyzes Iranian influence operations and “stealth presence” in the Balkans. “Under the Radar: Iran’s ‘Stealth’ Presence on the Balkans” suggests that Iran’s quiet presence on the Balkans is not simply about strengthening political ties, expanding business interests, and facilitating trade. Rather, Tehran’s operations take advantage of the region’s lax security, weak institutions, corruption, and the absence of global intelligence or security agencies, successfully turning the Balkans into a logistical hub and geopolitical bridge to Central and Western Europe.

In her article, “A Commanding Problem: Historical Insight for Military Organizational Reform,” Strauss Distinguished Scholar Celeste Gventer highlights the importance of General Thomas’ speech at the Texas National Security Forum. General Thomas “questioned the suitability of the American system of geographical combatant commands for meeting the nation’s current and future security challenges.”

Steve Slick recently posted an essay in the Intelligence Studies series on the Lawfare national security website.  The ISP Director argued that "it is not too early to begin planning a turnaround for U.S. intelligence under a new chief executive who appreciates the IC’s unique capabilities, its fragile assets and essential contributions to America’s national security.”  The full text of the essay is here.

Climate change poses a multi-faceted and increasingly urgent security threat for fragile states. In their recent War on the Rocks article, Stretched Thin: When Fragile States Face Climate Hazards, Director of Strauss’ State Fragility Initiative Ashley Moran, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, and Strauss Senior Fellow Clionadh Raleigh evaluate the policy implications of their global mapping project on overlapping fragility and climate risks around the world.

In a recent article for Foreign Affairs, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby and his co-author Nina von Uexkull explore how climate shocks can intersect with several risk factors  to contribute to instability and humanitarian crises. The article suggests that understanding the sources of instability is the first step in mitigating risk in countries that are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

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