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Preparing for the Upcoming Afghan Political Transition

Afghan President Hamid KarzaiThe United States and its partners must continue to focus on Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential election and political transition despite the world’s focus on the conflict in Syria.

By Caroline Wadhams and John Podesta | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Iran’s Deeds Will Matter More Than Its Words

The Obama administration should take the opportunity to test the new Iranian government’s conciliatory statements.

By Matthew Duss | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Youth Q&A on the U.N. High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda Report

Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman and CAP Chair John Podesta, both members of the U.N. High-Level Panel, answer questions about the post-2015 agenda from youth around the world.

By John Podesta and Tawakkol Karman | Monday, September 9, 2013

After a Possible Strike in Syria: Planning Ahead for Potential Responses and New Threats to U.S. Security Interests

Syrian chemical weapons victimThe United States and its partners should conduct contingency planning about possible threats, however likely or not, in the wake of strikes.

By Rudy deLeon, Brian Katulis, and Peter Juul | Thursday, August 29, 2013

Erdoğan Aims to Distract with His Latest Remarks Against Israel

Prime Minister ErdoğanThe Turkish prime minister’s statement blaming Israel for last month’s military coup in Egypt is simply another attempt to divert attention away from Turkey’s serious issues.

By Max Hoffman, Matthew Duss, and Michael Werz | Friday, August 23, 2013

Guinea-Bissau and the South Atlantic Cocaine Trade

Guinea-Bissau article icon Issue Brief The United States and the international community must do more to combat the illegal cocaine trade that is destabilizing Guinea-Bissau and the wider region.

By Max Hoffman and Conor Lane | Thursday, August 22, 2013

Creating an Environment Conducive to Progress in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Israel-Palestine peace talks article icon Issue Brief Successful talks between Israelis and Palestinians depend on a number of key efforts and compromises.

By Matthew Duss | Monday, August 5, 2013

Tackling Tax Havens

Wholesale tax evasion, particularly in the developing world, can have devastating effects.

By Akinyi Ochieng | Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Adapting to the Future of Intelligence Gathering

Security cameras article icon Issue Brief We need to update our online privacy laws, address the increasing privatization of intelligence gathering, and find ways to balance our national-security needs with the legal protections afforded to all Americans.

By Peter Juul | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What the Snowden Affair Says About U.S.-Russian Relations

article icon Issue Brief Edward Snowden’s stay in the Sheremetyevo airport transit zone in Russia highlights both the promise—and the limitations—of U.S.-Russian security relations.

By Cory Welt | Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Managing Change in Egypt After President Morsi’s Removal

U.S. policy should focus on pragmatic moves to create incentives for pluralism and inclusiveness in Egypt’s political transition.

By Brian Katulis, Peter Juul, and Ken Sofer | Thursday, July 11, 2013

Laying the Groundwork for a Return to Peace Talks

Secretary of State John KerrySecretary of State John Kerry has been working in several key areas to create an environment conducive to productive peace negotiations.

By Matthew Duss | Tuesday, July 2, 2013

War of Words: A Post-Mortem

South KoreaThe “war of words” between North Korea and the United States and its allies ended as suddenly as it began. But while U.S.-China cooperation has improved, the unwillingness of North Korea to make serious moves toward denuclearization means tension will inevitably flare up again in the future.

By Rudy deLeon and Luke Herman | Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Obama Administration Should Prepare for More Change in Egypt

Mohamed MorsiWith the Middle East’s largest country stalled in political and economic turmoil, the United States needs to prepare for possible strategic shifts in its policy.

By Brian Katulis | Friday, June 28, 2013

Erdoğan Is Gone, Way Gone

Is it time to review the U.S.-Turkish partnership?

By Michael Werz | Thursday, June 27, 2013