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Building Foreign Security Forces as a Counterterrorism Strategy Is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Approach

Kurdish Peshmerga security forces stand guard in the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul, IraqBefore embarking on a new $5 billion fund to support foreign counterterrorism efforts, the United States should closely examine its record in helping to build security-force capacity in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

By Peter Juul | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On the Brink: Managing the ISIS Threat in Iraq

ISIS article icon Issue Brief The Obama administration needs to launch a comprehensive strategy for the region and prepare for the possible targeted use of force in Iraq to halt the rise of a new terrorist group that could threaten America.

By Brian Katulis, Hardin Lang, and Vikram Singh | Tuesday, June 17, 2014

U.S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation and Competition

ISIS fighters book_alt2 icon Report A new era of extremism, sectarianism, and competition between regional powers requires the United States to update its regional strategy.

By Brian Katulis and Peter Juul | Monday, June 16, 2014

Jordan in the Eye of the Storm

Jordanian with flag book_alt2 icon Report As Jordan wrestles with the effects of the Arab uprisings and the Syrian civil war, the United States should support the country’s political and economic reform.

By Brian Katulis, Hardin Lang, and Mokhtar Awad | Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ukraine’s Road to Normalcy

PoroshenkoSunday’s presidential election is a major milestone in Ukraine’s return to normalcy, but the country is not out of the woods yet.

By Cory Welt | Thursday, May 29, 2014

Caring for Those Who Serve: Key Facts About the Veterans Affairs’ Health System in the Wake of the Waitlist Allegations

Memorial dayThe allegations of long wait times and secret waiting lists at the Phoenix VA hospital is a serious concern and must be addressed immediately. But we must also not lose sight of the VA system’s successes, as well as its steady improvement in recent years.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Katherine Blakeley | Friday, May 23, 2014

Looking Ahead to Egypt’s Uncertain Summer of Trials and Tribulations

al-Sisi debateThere is no doubt about who will win Egypt’s upcoming presidential election, but what the next president will do—and whether Egypt will stabilize—remains unclear.

By Brian Katulis, Hardin Lang, and Mokhtar Awad | Friday, May 23, 2014

Climate Change, Migration, and Nontraditional Security Threats in China

book_alt2 icon Report This report examines the implications of the nexus of climate change, migration, and security in five Chinese hotspots. Our analyses highlight the overlays of these factors in key regions and discuss their impact on domestic and regional policymaking.

By Michael Werz and Lauren Reed | Friday, May 16, 2014

The Crisis of Crimea and Ukraine

NATO summit article icon Issue Brief President Barack Obama and today’s policymakers can learn much from looking at the approaches of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in times of foreign policy crises and challenge.

By Rudy deLeon and Aarthi Gunasekaran | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Applying Universal Goals to the United States

book_alt2 icon Report One of the most innovative elements of the emerging post-2015 global development agenda is a focus on universality. What would that mean in the United States?

By John Norris, Molly Elgin-Cossart, and Casey Dunning | Monday, May 12, 2014

Reducing Poverty Through Climate Action

Peruvian boy book_alt2 icon Report Ending poverty and preventing catastrophic climate change is within our reach, especially if countries commit to a new global development agenda that improves livelihoods in ways that support low-carbon and sustainable economic growth.

By Molly Elgin-Cossart, Cathleen Kelly, and Abigail Jones | Thursday, May 8, 2014

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