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The Real Scandal in Libya: A Security Vacuum and New Terrorist Threats

Former Secretary of Defense Robert GatesThe attempts to conjure a political scandal out of the Benghazi tragedy prevent an honest debate about how to advance stability in Libya and the risks America should be asking its diplomats to take.

By Brian Katulis and Peter Juul | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Structure and Organization of the Syrian Opposition

article icon Issue Brief The Syrian opposition is fragmented, and understanding these divisions is crucial for the Obama administration's efforts to shape its policy toward Syria and support a foundation for a cohesive future Syrian government.

By Ken Sofer and Juliana Shafroth | Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Freedom of the Press and Expression in Turkey

Turkish newspapers article icon Issue Brief Press freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey have been threatened, but the United States has a vested interest in ensuring that Turkey protects its vibrant political discourse.

By Max Hoffman and Michael Werz | Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An All-or-Nothing Approach to Syria’s Civil War Fails to Recognize the Conflict’s Complexity

Deciding the shape of U.S. policy in Syria should not boil down to a choice between large-scale military intervention and doing nothing.

By Peter Juul | Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Responding to the Assad Regime’s Likely Use of Chemical Weapons

Syrian refugeeThe United States should insist on an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to investigate the reports of the Assad regime’s likely chemical-weapons use and further solidify and accelerate NATO planning on issues regarding Syria.

By Peter Juul, Rudy deLeon, and Brian Katulis | Friday, April 26, 2013

The Boston Marathon Attack, the North Caucasus, and U.S.-Russian Relations

ChechnyaWhile it is still unclear whether the terrorist suspects’ Chechen connection is relevant to the attacks, many questions about Chechnya and the North Caucasus insurgency are being raised.

By Cory Welt | Monday, April 22, 2013

To Build a Democratic Future, Egypt Will Need Its Entire People

The United States must call out the Egyptian government for its troubling stance on women’s rights and urge its leaders to fully embrace democratic principles that protect and promote the rights of all individuals regardless of gender or minority status.

By Annie Malknecht and Ken Sofer | Friday, April 12, 2013

The Pentagon Must Carry Its Weight

Obama fiscal year 2014 federal budgetIn its fiscal year 2014 defense budget request, the Obama administration holds the baseline defense budget steady at near historic highs.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Thursday, April 11, 2013

Afghanistan Beyond 2014: Elections, Political Settlement, Reforms

A paper by a number of Afghan civil-society organizations offers recommendations in three critical areas of importance: the upcoming national elections in Afghanistan, efforts for a political settlement, and broader political reforms.

By Caroline Wadhams | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Staying the Course on Diplomacy with Iran

In the face of Iranian intransigence, the hard work of diplomacy requires continued commitment.

By Matthew Duss | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

North Korea and the War of Words

Kim Jong UnNorth Korea’s aggressive rhetoric and needless provocation can only serve to push the country further into global isolation and create more hardship for its long-suffering population.

By Rudy deLeon and Luke Herman | Thursday, April 4, 2013

Acknowledging Our Mistakes in Iraq Would Prevent Us from Repeating Them

We need to realize the errors of our ways from the Iraq invasion instead of brushing the topic under a rug, or else we may just find ourselves in the very same position a few years down the road.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, March 28, 2013

Previewing Pakistan’s 2013 Elections

Pakistanis book_alt2 icon Report This report overviews the major political dynamics that have characterized the current Pakistani government’s tenure and previews the country's forthcoming general election campaign.

By Colin Cookman | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

An Innovative Step to Support Palestinian Trade

Khader KhaderThe Palestinian Political Risk Insurance, or PPRI, project will help protect Palestinian businesses and encourage local investment and economic development in the Palestinian territories.

By Ian Bomberg and Rudy deLeon | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Iraq War Ledger (2013 Update)

last U.S. troop brigade in Iraq article icon Issue Brief On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, we re-examine the costs and benefits to U.S. national security from our intervention there.

By Matthew Duss and Peter Juul | Tuesday, March 19, 2013