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A User’s Guide to the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Budget

article icon Issue Brief The U.S. Department of Defense faces hard choices if it wants to create a fiscally responsible budget plan for the coming years.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Max Hoffman, and Kate Blakeley | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Key Elements of Sanctions and Support to Address Russian Aggression in Ukraine

article icon Issue Brief The U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine should include these key elements of sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine.

By Vikram Singh and Ken Sofer | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Italy’s New ‘Bulldozer’ Prime Minister

article icon Issue Brief As President Obama prepares to meet with Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi, this brief highlights his background and, more importantly, his plans to reform Italy’s politics and revive its struggling economy.

By Matt Browne | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Moving Beyond Sectarianism

Secular personal status laws are necessary to safeguard basic rights in the Middle East.

By Peter Juul | Monday, March 24, 2014


What Joins the United States and China and What Divides Them?

Although the United States and China must work to resolve their differences, they can take steps to improve the lives of their citizens in the meantime.

By Nina Hachigian | Friday, March 21, 2014

Too Young: Helping Child Brides in the Developing World

We need targeted efforts to assist child brides if we hope to break the vicious cycle that treats our daughters as a disposable commodity.

By John Norris | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Case for Regional Compacts

article icon Issue Brief As the Millennium Challenge Corporation approaches its 10-year anniversary, it must explore and implement new aid approaches to stay on the cutting edge of international development best practices. Embracing regional compacts and regional threshold programs would allow the MCC to increase its number of beneficiaries and the sustained impact of its work at little to no additional cost.

By Paul Applegarth, Casey Dunning, and John Norris | Monday, March 17, 2014

The First Time Putin Tried to Invade a Foreign Country

article icon Issue Brief During the Kosovo war in 1999, Vladimir Putin, who was the Russian national security advisor at the time, backed a dangerous plan that almost led to NATO exchanging fire with Russian troops. Here’s what Putin learned from the incident, and what the West probably should have.

By John Norris | Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Concrete Steps to Address the Crisis in Ukraine

book_alt2 icon Report The United States possesses key economic and diplomatic tools to support international law and impose a cost on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

By Ken Sofer | Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Afghans Find Their Way

article icon Issue Brief The international community will play an important but secondary role in Afghanistan’s future as Afghans work to create a more sustainable state through strengthening their political consensus, building their economy, and increasing security.

By Caroline Wadhams | Monday, March 10, 2014

Fragmenting Under Pressure

book_alt2 icon Report This report provides a snapshot of current trends among Islamists in Egypt, offers an overview of the enduring weaknesses and divisions in the country, and recommends how the United States can address one of the most important strategic priorities in the Middle East.

By Hardin Lang, Mokhtar Awad, and Brian Katulis | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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