If President Obama decides to strike Syria anytime soon, it looks like he will be doing so without much of a formal international coalition backing the operation.
The United States and its partners should conduct contingency planning about possible threats, however likely or not, in the wake of strikes.
U.S. policy should focus on pragmatic moves to create incentives for pluralism and inclusiveness in Egypt’s political transition.
With 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.
Brian Katulis writes about how conventional wisdom is over-hyping recent events, and gets U.S. strategy wrong.
Brian Katulis writes about the battle for political influence and legitimacy in the Middle East.
Brian Katulis writes about why President Obama's meeting with the leader of Turkey to discuss the conflict in Syria could mean progress on the response to it.
The 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.
The 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.
Issue Brief U.S. leadership remains crucial to achieving a lasting and peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Security coordination between the two countries continues behind the scenes, but new security threats and political challenges loom ahead—which is why the United States needs to remain engaged on all fronts.
Issue Brief To advance its interests and values in Egypt, the United States should more clearly support inclusive democratic political reform and prepare for possible policy shifts ahead.
Additional support for the Syrian opposition and regional coordination are urgently needed.
As a series of crises threaten to undermine Egypt’s stability, the United States must continue to support it with a full range of policy tools.
Three news stories since President Obama’s re-election have offered hints of the foreign policy challenges he will face in his second term — the ongoing budget debate, Middle East turmoil diverting attention from a presidential trip to Asia and continued questions about a terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other […]