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The First Time Putin Tried to Invade a Foreign Country

article icon Issue Brief During the Kosovo war in 1999, Vladimir Putin, who was the Russian national security advisor at the time, backed a dangerous plan that almost led to NATO exchanging fire with Russian troops. Here’s what Putin learned from the incident, and what the West probably should have.

by John Norris | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Concrete Steps to Address the Crisis in Ukraine

Ukrainian flag protestor book_alt2 icon Report The United States possesses key economic and diplomatic tools to support international law and impose a cost on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

by Ken Sofer | Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Afghans Find Their Way

Afghan candidate supporters article icon Issue Brief The international community will play an important but secondary role in Afghanistan’s future as Afghans work to create a more sustainable state through strengthening their political consensus, building their economy, and increasing security.

by Caroline Wadhams | Monday, March 10, 2014

Fragmenting Under Pressure

book_alt2 icon Report This report provides a snapshot of current trends among Islamists in Egypt, offers an overview of the enduring weaknesses and divisions in the country, and recommends how the United States can address one of the most important strategic priorities in the Middle East.

by Hardin Lang, Mokhtar Awad, and Brian Katulis | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Responding to Russia’s Illegal Military Incursion in Ukraine

Russian soldierThe United States has economic and political tools available to respond to Russia’s unprovoked occupation of Crimea.

by Cory Welt and Rudy deLeon | Monday, March 3, 2014

Defense Budget Proposal Postpones Key Choices

HagelThe Pentagon’s fiscal year 2015 budget request makes important reforms but should adhere to all budget caps beyond FY 2015.

by Lawrence J. Korb, Katherine Blakeley, and Max Hoffman | Tuesday, February 25, 2014

An Opportunity to Resolve the Escalating Crisis in Ukraine

ProtestsThe United States must throw full support behind EU-mediated peace deal and work to ensure its implementation.

by Cory Welt | Friday, February 21, 2014

U.S.-China Relations: Toward a New Model of Major Power Relationship

China and U.S. flags book_alt2 icon Report In September 2013, a distinguished group of American and Chinese experts convened for a high-level track II dialogue to discuss a new model for the U.S.-China relationship.

by Rudy deLeon and Yang Jiemian | Thursday, February 20, 2014

What Has to Happen to Close Guantanamo Bay This Year

Guantanamo fenceA closer look reveals achievable steps to close the prison in 11 months.

by Ken Gude | Friday, January 31, 2014

New Sanctions Would Foreclose Non-Military Options for Iran

The risks of passing new Iran sanctions far outweigh the benefits.

by Matthew Duss | Friday, January 17, 2014

It’s Time to Get the Government Out of the Mass Collection Business

NSAPresident Obama should immediately suspend the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records.

by Ken Gude | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ukraine’s Euromaidan: Now Comes the Hard Part

Ukraine protestsRussia’s bailout has emboldened Ukraine’s government. But fresh off a wave of mass protests, the opposition may still mount an effective electoral challenge.

by Cory Welt | Monday, December 23, 2013

For the Pentagon, Diminished Sequester Still Looms Under Congressional Budget Deal

F-35B fighter jetThe Murray-Ryan budget deal does not eliminate the challenges DOD faces from sequestration but does provide an opportunity to responsibly reduce defense spending.

by Lawrence J. Korb, Katherine Blakeley, and Max Hoffman | Thursday, December 12, 2013

Common-Sense Reforms to Protect Americans’ Privacy

The Obama administration should support bipartisan amendments to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

by Ken Gude | Friday, December 6, 2013

Guantanamo: America’s $5 Billion Folly

Guantanamo Bay article icon Issue Brief During an unprecedented austerity push, Congress wastes billions of dollars on the unnecessary prison.

by Ken Gude | Tuesday, December 3, 2013