CSIS International Security Program | April 2022


CSIS International Security Program | April 2022

Dear Colleagues,

It's my pleasure to send you the April 2022 edition of the ISP Brief, the monthly newsletter of the CSIS International Security Program. The ISP Brief features CSIS reports and analysis written by our scholars and includes externally published articles, media highlights such as video interviews and podcasts, and links to recent and upcoming virtual events.

This month our scholars produced analysis on the U.S.’s inventory of Javelinscountering a resurgent terrorist threat in Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s progress on countering extremism in the military, the Global Fragility Strategy, the U.S.-Australia alliance, and our Aerospace Security Project published the fifth edition of their Space Threat Assessment.

We had the pleasure of hosting a range of thought leaders, such as Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke HoekstraPrincipal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Dr. Stacey DixonCanadian Minister of Defence Anita Anand, and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday, among others.

I welcome your feedback on this newsletter and its contents at ispoutreach@csis.org. I also invite you to follow us on TwitterLinkedInInstagram, and Facebook for the very latest on ISP's work. 


Dr. Seth G. Jones

Dr. Seth G. Jones 

Senior Vice President
Harold Brown Chair
Director | International Security Program
CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Ave, NW | Washington, DC 20036


Dr. Kathleen J. McInnis Rejoins CSIS as Senior Fellow and Director of the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative


Kelsey Hartigan joins Project on Nuclear Issues as Deputy Director



REPORT: Space Threat Assessment 2022

In the 2022 Space Threat Assessment, Todd HarrisonKaitlyn JohnsonMakena YoungNicholas Wood, and Alyssa Goessler cover the growing counterspace capabilities of China, Russia, India, Iran, North Korea, and others. It also analyzes several key events, including the 2021 Russian anti-satellite (ASAT) test, the supposed Chinese Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS) test, and Russian jamming in Ukraine.


Maritime Security Dialogue: The Future of the U.S. Navy

On April 28, ISP hosted a Maritime Security Dialogue with Admiral Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, for a discussion on the future of maritime security and the state of the Navy, moderated by Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.), with introductory remarks from Dr. Tom Karako.

Read transcript here.


A Conversation with the Honorable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence of Canada

On April 28, Dr. Kathleen McInnis hosted the Canadian Minister of Defence Anita Anand on Smart Women, Smart Power for a discussion on a variety of issues important to Canadian defense policy from Ukraine, the Arctic, and the importance of NORAD.

Read transcript here.


BRIEF: Navigating Emerging Technology and Evolving Threats in the U.S.-Australia Alliance

At a time when regional states see growing instability and are concerned about their place in an increasingly tense region, the U.S.-Australia alliance has an opportunity to lead by example. Learn more from John Schaus and Carolina Ramos.


EVENT: Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra on Transatlantic Security after Ukraine

On April 14, Dr. Seth G. Jones hosted Wopke Hoekstra, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, for a discussion on the war in Ukraine, its implications for transatlantic security cooperation, and the view from the Netherlands on what measures should come next.

Read transcript here.


EVENT: A Conversation with Dr. Stacey Dixon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

On April 13, CSIS senior associate (non-resident) Nina Easton hosted Dr. Stacey A. Dixon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) on Smart Women, Smart Power for a discussion on her remarkable career path, how the intelligence community is being positioned for the future, and how it's promoting competitiveness and innovation.

This event concluded with a discussion honoring the late Virginia Hall, with the Hon. Ellen McCarthy and Suzanne Spaulding.

Read transcript here.


COMMENTARY: Will the United States Run Out of Javelins Before Russia Runs Out of Tanks?

The United States has supplied Ukraine with thousands of Javelins, but U.S. inventory is dwindling. Mark Cancian analyzes whether Javelins will inflict enough Russian combat losses to produce a battlefield stalemate before Ukraine runs out of its most effective anti-tank weapons.


With al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Khorasan growing in strength since the U.S. withdrawal, Dr. Seth G. Jones lays out a strategy for the United States to prevent a renewed terrorist threat from emerging in Afghanistan in his latest report with the Council on Foreign Relations.​​



The Falklands at 40
Featuring: John Lehman, Dr. Dov Zakheim, Dr. Sebastian Bruns, Will Dossel, and Dr. Tom Karako

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am ET

Submit questions here.


'Civics at Work' Launch Event
Featuring: Brad Smith, Tom Fanning, Teresa Hutson, Michael Carney, Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Suzanne Spaulding

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET



Book Event: Jennifer Sciubba's "8 Billion and Counting"
Featuring: Dr. Jennifer D. Sciubba and Erol Yayboke

Thursday, May 5, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am ET



EXECUTIVE EDUCATION: Taiwan in the Balance
Featuring: Dr. Bonny Lin, Jude Blanchette, and Dr. Benjamin Jensen

Thursday, June 2, 2022
Registration Deadline: May 12




Winning the Interdiction Fight in Ukraine by Dr. Benjamin Jensen

Ranking the World’s Major Powers: A Graphic Comparison of the United States, Russia, China, and Other Selected Countries by Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman

U.S. Military Aid to Ukraine Accelerates by Mark Cancian

Our Armed Forces Strength Depends on Diversity by Stevan Molinar

The Latest Aid Package to Ukraine Is a Major Escalation of Support by Mark Cancian

The Ukraine War: Preparing for the Longer-Term Outcome by Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman and Grace Hwang

How to Win the Battle in Eastern Ukraine by Dr. Benjamin Jensen

This Is the War’s Decisive Moment by Dr. Eliot A. Cohen in The Atlantic

Assessing the Pentagon's Progress on Countering Extremism in the Military by Catrina Doxsee and Michelle Macander

Foreign Volunteers in Ukraine: Warfighters or Propaganda Tools? by Mark Cancian

The Global Fragility Strategy Gets a Refresh by Erol Yayboke, Catherine Nzuki, and Anastasia Strouboulis

The Other Side of Chinese Sea Power: “White Area Warfare” by Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman

Zelensky’s 1 Percent Solution for Tanks and Aircraft: A Bold but Unfortunately Unworkable Idea by Mark Cancian

Covid Response Update: February 5- April 1 by Mark Cancian and Robert Maxwell