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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Fixing the Force: The Outdated Military Compensation System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

Interactive: International Commitments to Afghanistan

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

by Katherine Blakeley and Aarthi Gunasekaran | Monday, March 23, 2015

Nuclear Negotiations with Iran Reach a Decision Point

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

by Shlomo Brom | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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

Afghan generals 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.

by Ariella Viehe, Katherine Blakeley, Aarthi Gunasekaran | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tackling Corruption in Afghanistan: It’s Now or Never

Afghan Court Protest 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.

by Mary Beth Goodman and Trevor Sutton | Tuesday, March 17, 2015