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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

Access to Contraception for Women Serving in the Armed Forces

female soldier article icon Fact Sheet The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act and other policy changes are critical to address the reproductive health care inequities that women serving in the armed forces face.

by Julia Rugg and Donna Barry | Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Pivotal Year for Malaysia on the Global Stage

ASEAN 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.

by Brian Harding and Trevor Sutton | Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Anchors for U.S.-Egypt Relations

Protest 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.

by Brian Katulis and Mokhtar Awad | Friday, January 23, 2015

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

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

by Ken Gude | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Strengthening the Military Lending Act to Protect Troops from Predatory Practices

Soldier fills out paperworkExpanding the Military Lending Act would better protect service members from becoming trapped in a cycle of debt and risking their security clearances.

by Joe Valenti and Lawrence J. Korb | Thursday, January 15, 2015