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Assessing China’s Economic Reform Agenda

Beijing article icon Issue Brief Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang face daunting challenges in reforming the world’s second largest economy, but reforms on the agenda only scratch the surface of China’s nonmarket economy.

By Adam Hersh | Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Unfinished Response to Ukraine

Eastern UkraineWith the Ukraine crisis far from over, the United States needs to take several additional steps to bolster its response, including stronger sanctions that may need to remain in place for years.

By Vikram Singh and Ken Sofer | Friday, April 25, 2014

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

Hagel 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

Achieving Unity in Ukraine

The agreement reached in Geneva to de-escalate hostilities in Ukraine may or may not succeed, but the best opportunity for lasting peace rests in Kiev’s commitment to inclusive and transparent constitutional reform.

By Cory Welt | Friday, April 18, 2014

Why IMF Reforms Matter for American Leadership on the Global Stage

Christine LagardeReforming the IMF strengthens a U.S.-led international institution that promotes economic growth and stability and reduces the effects of global crises, without increasing U.S. financial commitments. Congress missed a recent opportunity to ratify these reforms, but it can still act.

By Molly Elgin-Cossart | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tunisia’s Struggle for Political Pluralism After Ennahda

book_alt2 icon Report This report examines intra-Islamist debates on political change and the battle of ideas against violent extremism in North Africa.

By Hardin Lang, Mokhtar Awad, Peter Juul, and Brian Katulis | Thursday, April 3, 2014

Turkey in Turmoil

Ankara article icon Issue Brief The upcoming Turkish elections will shape the future of a key NATO ally.

By Michael Werz and Max Hoffman | Thursday, March 27, 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

Italy’s New ‘Bulldozer’ Prime Minister

Matteo Renzi 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

Moving Beyond Sectarianism

Jaafari bannerSecular 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?

AnnenbergAlthough 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

Concrete Steps to Address the Crisis in Ukraine

Ukrainian flag protestor 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