POLICY BRIEF: LIVING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES

THE EFFECTS OF VOTING DOWN THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT
J. Dana Stuster
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NSN'S SANDY BERGER, RAND BEERS, BOARD MEMBERS ON NUCLEAR DEAL

Iran Nuclear Deal
NSN, NSI & Advisory Board Members

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POLICY BRIEF: THE LIMITS OF IRAN'S REGIONAL AMBITIONS

How Iran’s Foreign Policy is Failing
J. Dana Stuster
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NSN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON C-SPAN

Discussing U.S. Strategy Against the  Islamic State 
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RAND BEERS JOINS NSN ADVISORY BOARD

Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and NSN Founder
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POLICY BRIEF: Living with the Consequences

Living with the Consequences: The Effects of Voting Down the Iran Nuclear Agreement Policy Brief by J. Dana Stuster July 28, 2015 Should Congress vote down the nuclear agreement with Iran, it will inhibit the ability of the United States to implement an effective foreign policy for the foreseeable future. Rejecting the deal will alienate U.S. allies and diminish U.S. standing in future negotiations. It will isolate the United States both diplomatically and economically, as the sanctions regime collapses and rivals set up a new financial infrastructure that will undermine the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions. It will empower the hardliners in Iran that drive the worst elements of Iran’s regional policies, escalating conflict in Iraq and Syria, and encourage them to rush for the nuclear weapon that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is designed to prevent. And it will do this while leaving Iran’s nuclear program unconstrained and our leverage diminished, making a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities – and a series of low-intensity reprisals – almost certainly inevitable. These are just the foreseeable consequences – to say nothing of unanticipated second- and third-order effects. And even if not all of these effects occur, each that does makes the… Read More ›

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Imagine, a Good News Story on Pakistan

Imagine, a Good News Story on Pakistan By Tara Sonenshine, Member of the NSN Advisory Board July 27, 2015 | The Hill We are so used to stories about Pakistan that include terrorism, violence, bombs and bullets. Similarly, we are used to stories about failed foreign aid, fraud, waste, abuse, charities that don’t do what they promise and a growing sense that we have so many problems at home, so why bother doing anything abroad? Into that cynical vortex comes a Washington Post story with a very different and welcome message about a part of Pakistan that is using outside money and inside determination to prove the critics wrong and remind us why we should care and why we should support cross-cultural engagement. In a remote part of Pakistan, near the troubled tribal belt, and not far from the disputed territory of Kashmir, there are growing signs that extremism can be rooted out and that overseas engagement combined with local efforts can pay off, not only for the community itself, but for the wider world. Hunza Valley and its capital, Karimabad, were once hotbeds of extremism, violence, poverty, illiteracy and the kind of chaos that spreads and disrupts lives everywhere. Today,… Read More ›

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How India Could Benefit From the Iran Nuclear Deal

How India Could Benefit From the Iran Nuclear Deal By Brian Katulis, Chairman of the NSN Board of Directors July 24, 2015 | WSJ The Obama administration took an important step to advance America’s security in completing the comprehensive joint plan of action, or CJPoA. The deal negotiated in Vienna represents the best of the available options for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program. It avoids both the hazards and uncertainties of military action, and provides a strong international framework for stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. If the Iran nuclear deal moves forward without major hitches, India could be one of the few countries to have deepening relations with countries strongly at odds with one another. The evolving geopolitics of the broader Middle East (known to Indians as “West Asia”) could boost India’s regional standing. While Washington gears up for weeks of debate over the accord, Indians are hoping the agreement can advance their country’s energy and trade interests and lead to greater regional integration. India has working relationships with Iran, Israel, and key Gulf Cooperation Council countries–and is looking to strengthen all of those ties. Government officials, foreign policy analysts, and journalists in New Delhi told me in… Read More ›

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