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Foreign Policy and Security: Archives

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

Turning the Tide on Afghanistan

boy at market article icon Issue Brief The Afghanistan national unity government’s visit to Washington offers an opportunity to reinvigorate the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship by using U.S. and international assistance to bolster Afghanistan’s own reform agenda.

by Ariella Viehe and Aarthi Gunasekaran | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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

money counter 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.

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

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

Lebanon Christians vigil 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.

by Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, John B. Craig | Thursday, March 12, 2015

The U.S.-Turkey Partnership

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

by Michael Werz and Max Hoffman | Thursday, March 12, 2015

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

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

by Esra Sardag | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Defense Budget Déjà Vu

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

by Lawrence J. Korb and Katherine Blakeley | Monday, February 9, 2015