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Meet the New Politburo Standing Committee

18th Party Congress article icon Issue Brief A brief look at the new makeup of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s top ruling body.

By Ken Sofer | Friday, November 16, 2012

Remembering 9/11

World TradeWe pause today to remember the September 11 attacks on our nation, to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks, and to commend those who continue to fight to protect our country.

By Ken Sofer | Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Situation in Syria: An Update

Syrian rebel fighterU.S. policymakers and the intelligence community need to start working right now with our allies in the region and partners on the ground to lay the foundation for a stable, prosperous Syrian future.

By Ken Sofer | Monday, September 10, 2012

China’s 2012 Party Leadership Transition

Politburo Standing Committee member Xi Jinping standingKen Sofer and Philip Ballentine profile the 10 most likely candidates to fill China's ruling Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party heading into the party's leadership transition this fall.

By Ken Sofer and Philip Ballentine | Thursday, August 16, 2012

Next Steps in Syria

Ken Sofer analyzes U.S. priorities in Syria and recommends options for U.S. policymakers to address these critical interests.

By Ken Sofer | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Syria Goes from Bad to Worse

Russia and China have nothing to gain from opposing a new U.N. Security Council resolution to stop the ever-increasing violence, write Michael Werz and Ken Sofer.

By Michael Werz and Ken Sofer | Friday, July 13, 2012

New Sanctions Against Iran Up the Pressure

The United States and its allies put in place new financial and oil sanctions last week meant to change Iran’s calculus on its nuclear program.

By Ken Sofer | Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Interactive Map: Al Qaeda After Osama bin Laden By the Numbers

Ken Sofer shows that the terrorist organization is significantly weaker a year after its leader’s death.

By Ken Sofer | Tuesday, May 1, 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

China’s Evolving Foreign Policy

article icon Issue Brief Ken Sofer explains why China's long-standing noninterventionist foreign policy strategy is changing with China's rising economic and political realities.

By Ken Sofer | Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Unaddressed Threat of Female Suicide Bombers

Ken Sofer and Jennifer Addison discuss why we need to acknowledge the growing number of female attacks in our counterterrorism strategy.

By Ken Sofer and Jennifer Addison | Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kim Jong-il’s Death Presents Uncertainty in North Korea

The unexpected death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il creates uncertainty in North Korea; China could help stabilize the region, write Rudy deLeon and Ken Sofer.

By Rudy deLeon and Ken Sofer | Monday, December 19, 2011

Whack-a-Mole in Yemen

Single-minded effort to counter AQAP will only allow conditions to deteriorate further, enabling AQAP gains, write Ken Gude and Ken Sofer.

By Ken Gude and Ken Sofer | Friday, September 23, 2011

Is Turkey Sinking Its Own Ship?

Turkey is straying from its successful rise with recent heated rhetoric against Israel, write Michael Werz and Ken Sofer.

By Michael Werz and Ken Sofer | Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Evolution of Terrorism Since 9/11

We’ve been successful in dismantling transnational terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda in the last 10 years, writes Ken Sofer. But we need to prepare for smaller, domestic threats.

By Ken Sofer | Friday, September 9, 2011