Issue Brief To advance its interests and values in Egypt, the United States should more clearly support inclusive democratic political reform and prepare for possible policy shifts ahead.
Additional support for the Syrian opposition and regional coordination are urgently needed.
As a series of crises threaten to undermine Egypt’s stability, the United States must continue to support it with a full range of policy tools.
Three news stories since President Obama’s re-election have offered hints of the foreign policy challenges he will face in his second term — the ongoing budget debate, Middle East turmoil diverting attention from a presidential trip to Asia and continued questions about a terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other […]
Immediately halting the violence is an imperative, but a ceasefire will endure only if Hamas refrains from targeting Israeli civilians.
Overall, the Obama administration has developed effective responses to the political transitions that began in 2011 in the Middle East. But the United States faces many challenges navigating the threats and opportunities presented by continued changes in the years ahead.
The recent pushback against American financing of democracy groups from leaders in Russia, Egypt and elsewhere should prompt Americans to craft new strategies, rather than leading to a retreat. Investments in civil organizations can pay off substantially. A study examining 67 different political transitions over three decades found that nonviolent civic forces from inside countries […]
The deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi requires our nation to stay on the offensive in the fight against extremists and remain engaged as a leader supporting change and reform in the Middle East.
Issue Brief Jed Ober and Brian Katulis examine why the United States needs to better coordinate its Afghan policy from a diplomatic and political standpoint.
Brian Katulis explains that the United States is stepping up efforts to end the Syrian conflict while weighing the benefits and risks of different options.
Fast-moving events in the Middle East – including Syria’s descent into a bloody civil war, the continued talk of conflict with Iran, and Egypt’s ongoing transition – have pushed Iraq to the sidelines of U.S. attention over the past year. But yesterday, Iraq reemerged as a series of attacks across the county made yesterday the […]
The United States will need to remain engaged with multiple centers of power inside Pakistan as it works through internal political struggles, write Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis.
Brian Katulis and Peter Juul explain why Egypt’s unresolved struggle for power presents serious threats for U.S. security interests requiring carefully calibrated responses.
Report Brian Katulis offers a roadmap to help policymakers navigate Egypt's unfolding political, security, and economic transitions.
No agreement was reached on Iran’s nuclear program this week, but the clock is ticking on U.S. and EU sanctions set to kick in if Iran can’t come clean next month in Russia, write Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, and Peter Juul.