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U.S. Faces Challenges in Arab World, but Obama Is on Right Track

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.

By Brian Katulis | Thursday, September 27, 2012

Private Donors Need to Be More Involved

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 […]

By Brian Katulis | Monday, September 24, 2012

Statement from CAP Senior Fellow Brian Katulis on the Death of Ambassador Stevens in Libya

Chris StevensThe 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.

By Brian Katulis | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Outlining a Diplomatic Strategy for Afghanistan’s Political Transition

article icon 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.

By Jed Ober and Brian Katulis | Thursday, August 16, 2012

U.S. Policy in Syria Enters a New Phase

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.

By Brian Katulis | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It’s Up to Iraq’s Government to Prevent a Civil War

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 […]

By Brian Katulis | Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dealing with Pakistan’s Messy Politics

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.

By Colin Cookman and Brian Katulis | Thursday, June 21, 2012

Managing Change in Egypt Was Never Going to Be Easy

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.

By Brian Katulis and Peter Juul | Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Managing Change in Egypt

book_alt2 icon Report Brian Katulis offers a roadmap to help policymakers navigate Egypt's unfolding political, security, and economic transitions.

By Brian Katulis | Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pressure Mounts on Iran as Nuclear Talks Move to Moscow

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.

By Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, and Peter Juul | Friday, May 25, 2012

Previewing Egypt’s 2012 Presidential Elections

article icon Issue Brief Brian Katulis takes a look at the issues and candidates in Egypt's election as voters head to the polls this week.

By Brian Katulis | Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Getting Back to a Functional Relationship with Pakistan

The NATO conference next week will focus on the ongoing transition in Afghanistan, but dealing with Pakistan needs to remain a high policy priority for the United States, says Brian Katulis.

By Brian Katulis | Thursday, May 17, 2012

Afghanistan Transition

book_alt2 icon Report The United States must strike the right balance between providing enduring support and continuing the ongoing transition to Afghan responsibility, write Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Brian Katulis.

By Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman, and Brian Katulis | Thursday, May 17, 2012

Strengthening America’s Options on Iran

book_alt2 icon Report Rudy deLeon, Brian Katulis, and Peter Juul answer 10 key questions about U.S. foreign policy and strategy regarding Iran.

By Rudy deLeon, Brian Katulis, and Peter Juul, with Matthew Duss and Ken Sofer | Friday, April 13, 2012

No Need to Rush Into Iranian Conflict

The recent run-up in prices at the gas pump is in part tied to increased concerns about another war in the Middle East — this time with Iran. In some respects, the practical implications of such foreign policy and national security concerns resonate in Tampa just as they do in Washington, D.C. or New York. […]

By Brian Katulis | Tuesday, April 10, 2012