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Opportunities and Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean: Examining U.S. Interests and Regional Cooperation Testimony

Opportunities and Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean: Examining U.S. Interests and Regional Cooperation

Alan Makovsky, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, provided testimony on March 31, 2022, before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the United States’ involvement in the Eastern Mediterranean amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Alan Makovsky

Strategic Reengagement in the Middle East Report

Strategic Reengagement in the Middle East

The Biden administration can rebalance America’s policy in the Middle East through diplomacy, economic statecraft, and security cooperation—all while shifting away from direct military action.

Brian Katulis, Peter Juul

Interactive: The First 100 Days Interactive
 (Photoillustration: Chester Hawkins)

Interactive: The First 100 Days

This interactive database features nearly 250 recommendations that the next administration can advance, adopt, and implement within the first 100 days to set the country on a path toward a more progressive national security approach.

the CAP National Security and International Policy Team

Putting Diplomacy First Report
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Tehran, Iran, on July 28, 2019. (Getty/Iranian Presidency/Handout)

Putting Diplomacy First

In order to avoid another costly war in the Middle East, the United States must prioritize diplomacy and a more balanced regional stabilization strategy.

Brian Katulis, Peter Juul

Trump’s Syria Shambles Report
U.S. forces, accompanied by Kurdish YPG fighters, drive armored vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah in April 2017. (Vehicles drive near Syrian village.)

Trump’s Syria Shambles

President Trump’s withdrawal from Syria has thrown the region into chaos, shattered American credibility, and uncovered deep problems with U.S. policy toward Turkey.

Max Hoffman

The Case for a New U.S. Relationship with Afghanistan Report

The Case for a New U.S. Relationship with Afghanistan

It is time to end the war in Afghanistan responsibly and make a strategic transition to more pressing U.S. national security challenges.

Kelly Magsamen, Michael Fuchs

Turkey’s Refugee Dilemma Report
Syrian refugee children draw in their notebooks in a refugee camp in Turkey, August 2017. (Getty/Diego Cupolo)

Turkey’s Refugee Dilemma

Despite Turkish leaders’ frequent insistence that Syrian refugees will return home, privately, they seem to be preparing for the likelihood that most will remain permanently.

Alan Makovsky

Kurdistan’s New Moment Report
30 September 2018, Iraq, Sulaymaniyah: Omar Hamagharib Ahmad (72) voted for the parliamentary elections. One year after the controversial independence referendum of the Kurds in northern Iraq, parliamentary elections have begun in the autonomy region. More than 3.8 million voters are called upon to elect the 111 members of the regional parliament in the city of Erbil from more than 750 candidates. Photo: Tobias Schreiner/dpa (Photo by Tobias Schreiner/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Kurdistan’s New Moment

The United States can play a role in helping Iraqi Kurds transition from crisis to progress.

Daniel Benaim

Tired Narratives, Weary Publics Report
Supporters of Lebanon's Shiite militia Hezbollah carry portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, and Hezbollah's secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, during a ceremony on the eve of the 10th day of the mourning period of Muharram, which marks the day of Ashura, in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut, October 11, 2016. (Getty)

Tired Narratives, Weary Publics

The United States must strengthen its public diplomacy strategy to better compete with Iran in the struggle for power and influence in the Middle East.

Sarah Alaoui

How Turkey Can Ensure a Successful Energy Transition Report

How Turkey Can Ensure a Successful Energy Transition

Turkey should build upon recent progress investing in renewable energy to transition its energy system and reduce its reliance on imported fossil fuels.

Deger Saygin, Max Hoffman, Philipp Godron

Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton: The Path to War Article
CIA director Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on March, 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/Saul Loeb/AFP Photo)

Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton: The Path to War

President Trump’s new war Cabinet picks risk pushing the United States toward devastating wars.

Ken Gude

International Justice on Trial? Report
Slobodan Milošević in presidential campaign in Krusevac, Montenegro, December 17, 1992. (Getty/Chip HIRES/Gamma-Rapho)

International Justice on Trial?

International justice is at a critical crossroads, offering a perfect moment to examine its key accomplishments, shortcomings, and challenges moving forward.

Carolyn Kenney, John Norris

Engage and Compete Report
Iraqi men work on a damaged house in Mosul's Old City, January 2018. (Getty/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Engage and Compete

With the Islamic State in retreat, the United States needs a civilian-focused strategy to help Iraqis forge a peaceful path forward.

Daniel Benaim, Hardin Lang

Turkey’s Parliament Report

Turkey’s Parliament

There may be some room for meaningful parliamentary action under the vastly expanded executive power of the new Turkish presidential system.

Alan Makovsky

The Future of U.S.-Jordanian Counterterrorism Cooperation Report

The Future of U.S.-Jordanian Counterterrorism Cooperation

As the United States and Jordan enter the next phase of bilateral counterterrorism cooperation, they should work together to continue to strengthen Jordan’s security services.

Hardin Lang, William Wechsler, Alia Awadallah

Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA Podcast

Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA

This week, Michele and Igor are joined by Hollywood producer Scott Budnick and Sen. Chris Murphy.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

Playing the Long Game Report
Lebanese soldiers sit on top of an armored personnel carrier during a media trip organized by the Lebanese army, on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek, northeast Lebanon, August 28, 2017. (AP/Hassan Ammar)

Playing the Long Game

The Trump administration should not walk away from a decade of U.S. investment in Lebanon’s armed forces and counterterrorism institutions, which remain on the front line of the campaign against the Islamic State.

Hardin Lang, Alia Awadallah

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