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What’s Next in Israel

article icon Issue Brief The March 17 election results will likely lead to a narrow right-wing government in Israel. The Obama administration must balance fundamental disagreements with the need to maintain its relationship with a key Middle Eastern ally.

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A Constructive Role for Congress on Iran

Congress can bolster the U.S. negotiating position and help prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon by playing the role of enforcer for an agreement.

Interactive: International Commitments to Afghanistan

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

book_alt2 icon Report Some of the world's oldest Christian communities are disappearing in the very lands where their faith was born. The status of Christians in the Middle East is an important sign of broader regional trends in religious freedom, pluralism, and tolerance.

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The U.S.-Turkey Partnership

article icon Issue Brief President Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party are jeopardizing Turkey’s relationship with the United States and the West.

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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.

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