This study scrutinizes and contextualizes Saudi, Qatari, and Emirati activity in two case studies, Egypt and Syria. This examination reveals that the basic determinants of the Gulf monarchies’ foreign policies have not changed, though the circumstances emerging from the Arab uprisings have challenged these countries to find a new utility for their traditional foreign policy tools.
Drone strikes against individuals have become a heavily used tool in U.S. counterterrorism operations since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. These targeted killing operations have been effective in many respects but they have simultaneously been highly controversial, and hence have sparked growing discussion about possible policy changes. This report presents an analytic framework for evaluating potential policy changes, and focuses on tactical military effectiveness and perceived legitimacy.
On February 28, 2014, CNA Corporation hosted a roundtable of subject matter experts to examine key Chinese foreign policy developments under the leadership of Xi Jinping. The discussion focused on assessing what can be expected from the new People's Republic of China (PRC) leadership in the realms of foreign policy and the implications of this for the PRC as a regional and international actor. This report summarizes the key themes and implications from the event.