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U.S. Space Program Readies for Next Steps on 50th Anniversary of First American Spacewalk

Mars trainingMarking the 50th anniversary of the first American walk in space, the U.S. space program points to a future that could include putting a human on Mars by the 2030s.

by Peter Juul | Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Previewing Turkey’s General Election

Turkish flag at Istanbul rally article icon Issue Brief Turkey heads to the polls on June 7 for its closest general election in years, with profound implications for this key U.S. ally.

by Michael Werz, Max Hoffman, Mark Bhaskar | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It’s the USA Freedom Act or Nothing

Mitch McConnellSen. Mitch McConnell has a simple choice: reform government surveillance or see it expire.

by Ken Gude | Friday, May 22, 2015

Developing a Blue Economy in China and the United States

China book_alt2 icon Report China and the United States should join forces to promote sustainable development of ocean and coastal regions and resources.

by Michael Conathan and Scott Moore | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Infographic: Fixing the Force: The Path of a Military Career

Every service member experiences a number of key career and personal milestones. This infographic traces an example military career from enlistment through retirement.

by Katherine Blakeley, Mo Smolskis, Charles Schellpeper | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Infographic: Fixing the Force: Understanding Military Pay

Basic pay is only about half of military compensation. This infographic provides snapshots of total compensation for military officers and enlisted service members by rank.

by Katherine Blakeley, Mo Smolskis, Charles Schellpeper | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fixing the Force: The Outdated Military Compensation System

VA hospitalDesigned in the post-World War II era with a hodgepodge of additions, the military pay, health care, and retirement systems remain largely the same as they were in 1947.

by Katherine Blakeley | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Turkey’s Growing Energy Ties with Moscow

Turkish pipeline article icon Issue Brief Turkey’s efforts to secure reliable energy supplies have brought it closer to Russia, both a cause and a symptom of Ankara’s diminished solidarity with its Western allies.

by Alan Makovsky | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Values-Interest Balance: U.S. and Japan Foreign Policy Cooperation in Support of Democratization

Ash CarterSoutheast Asia poses challenges for both the United States and Japan as each must reconcile their national interests and support for democratic values with their foreign policy in the region.

by Brian Harding, Katherine Blakeley, Angela Luh | Monday, April 27, 2015

Mindful of Both Past and Present Challenges, Japan and the United States Must Work Together to Achieve a Progressive Future

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo AbeThe United States and Japan can work together to shape a forward-looking vision for the 21st century.

by Molly Elgin-Cossart, Brian Harding, Aarthi Gunasekaran | Monday, April 27, 2015

What’s Next in Israel

Israel election billboard 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.

by Shlomo Brom | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Strengthening the Foundations of U.S.-Israel Ties at a Time of Change in the Middle East

Obama and Netanyahu article icon Issue Brief The strategic rationale for the U.S.-Israel partnership must evolve with the changing geopolitical and regional context.

by Brian Katulis and Dan Arbell | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Getting to a Final Agreement: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran and Congressional Action

nuclear negotiations article icon Issue Brief A final nuclear agreement with Iran may be within reach, but both Congress and the White House must remain vigilant and clear-eyed about the hurdles.

by Vikram Singh, Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, Hardin Lang, Lawrence J. Korb, Shlomo Brom, Ken Sofer | Monday, April 13, 2015

Helping Prime Minister Abadi Beat ISIS and Hold Iraq Together

Prime Minister AbadiThe Iraqi prime minister’s visit offers an important chance to take stock of the anti-ISIS campaign and make important adjustments.

by Hardin Lang and Peter Juul | Monday, April 13, 2015

A Constructive Role for Congress on Iran

U.S. CapitolCongress 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.

by Ken Sofer | Thursday, March 26, 2015