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Iran nuclear talks

Nuclear Negotiations with Iran Reach a Decision Point

article icon Issue Brief An imperfect negotiated deal between the P5+1 and Iran is better than the alternative of no deal at all.

Interactive: International Commitments to Afghanistan

cursor icon Interactive This interactive outlines key international commitments to Afghanistan through pivotal years of transition.

Afghan generals

Security in Afghanistan: 5 Key Areas for U.S. Action

article icon Issue Brief Any adjustment to the withdrawal timeline of U.S. troops from Afghanistan must consider the critical needs of the Afghan National Security Forces.

Afghan Court Protest

Tackling Corruption in Afghanistan: It’s Now or Never

article icon Issue Brief Afghanistan has become one of the most corrupt countries on earth, but the election of a new government offers a critical opportunity for reform that neither Kabul nor Washington can afford to waste.

money counter

To Stem the Flow of Illicit Drugs from Afghanistan, Follow the Money

article icon Issue Brief Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium. Curbing the drug trade will require enhanced efforts to monitor the flow of illicit financial funds, as well as Afghan political will to enforce action.

Kobani refugees

Kobani, Turkey’s Kurds, and the 2015 Turkish Parliamentary Elections

article icon Issue Brief Recent protests over the fighting in Kobani emphasize the challenges facing Kurdish political voices in Turkey.

Defense Budget Déjà Vu

The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2016 budget request makes important reforms but ignores fiscal and political realities.

ASEAN

A Pivotal Year for Malaysia on the Global Stage

article icon Issue Brief As it assumes the chairmanship of ASEAN and takes a two-year nonpermanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, Malaysia will be a focus of the United States’ engagement in Asia and have an outsized presence throughout 2015. The United States has much to gain from enhanced ties with Malaysia, but there are limits to the relationship.

Protest

New Anchors for U.S.-Egypt Relations

book_alt2 icon Report The United States and Egypt need new anchors of economic and diplomatic cooperation to avoid bilateral drift and to respond to recent regional turbulence.

Guantanamo Bay

President Obama and the Republican Congress Are on a Collision Course over Guantanamo

The new Congress is trying to erect more barriers to thwart President Obama’s desire to close Guantanamo before the end of his term.

U.S. navy commander

A Perspective from the United States on the Impact of International Strategies in the Gulf Security Apparatus

Rudy deLeon makes remarks at the two-day Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate on regional security in the Gulf, offering his perspectives on the geopolitical questions that are affecting international players from the United States to China, as well as organizations from NATO to the European Union.

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