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Turkey at the Heart of the Storm

article icon Issue Brief While the European Union grapples with a refugee crisis and the United States leads the charge against the Islamic State, only Turkey is on the front lines of both crises.

Saudi youth play soccer.

Updating U.S.-Saudi Ties to Reflect the New Realities of Today’s Middle East

book_alt2 icon Report The Obama administration and its successor should seize new possibilities for economic cooperation as it continues to face major challenges on the security, diplomatic, and political reform fronts with Saudi Arabia.

Refugee camp Turkey

Is Erdoğan Holding Europe Hostage?

article icon Issue Brief Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants to use Turkey’s migrant deal with the European Union to achieve his goals in Syria and force Europe to accept his authoritarian streak.

President Obama and Secretary Kerry at the 2015 GLACIER Conference

As Arctic Nears Tipping Point, President Obama and Nordic Leaders Must Act

President Obama and the five Nordic leaders should use their May 13 summit to work to cut their nations’ greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard the Arctic, and inspire more ambitious climate change action globally.

Unaccompanied children board bus.

A Short-Term Plan to Address the Central American Refugee Situation

book_alt2 icon Report In the short term, the United States must protect Central American asylum seekers.

Turkish newspapers

What Is Really Happening to Turkish Media?

article icon Issue Brief Gradually, Turkey’s media landscape is being transformed into varied outlets serving the political goals of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his political movement.


A Kurdish Autumn Becomes Turkey’s Long Winter

article icon Issue Brief Any hope of Turkish democratic renewal, economic growth, or regional influence depends on fashioning a political compromise with the country’s Kurdish minority.

West Bank man carries gas tank

Strengthening the Palestinian Economy to Keep a Two-State Solution Viable

book_alt2 icon Report The next U.S. administration should focus on an achievable economic agenda to improve conditions for Palestinians and sustain hope for a two-state solution.

Wheat field

Food Security and Climate Change: New Frontiers in International Security

article icon Issue Brief Food security and climate change are already contributing to human suffering and eroding state structures. The United States should incorporate food and climate analysis fully into foreign and security policy to anticipate the next crisis.

Unmanned drone

Are U.S. Drone Strikes Legal?

article icon Issue Brief The Obama administration has promised to release more information about drone strikes. This brief outlines the legal context in which that information should be evaluated.

A village woman carries unmilled rice

Supporting Global Food Security in a Changing Climate Through Transatlantic Cooperation

article icon Issue Brief The United States and Europe should cooperate to help at-risk countries address the challenges of climate change and demographic growth.

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