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.
Issue Brief Brian Katulis takes a look at the issues and candidates in Egypt's election as voters head to the polls this week.
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.
Report Rudy deLeon, Brian Katulis, and Peter Juul answer 10 key questions about U.S. foreign policy and strategy regarding Iran.
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. […]
Brian Katulis reflects on the five ways our strategic redeployment out of Iraq helped us finish the fight with Al Qaeda, rebuild our military, and strengthen our fiscal position.