Stopping the Dangerous Political Games with State Department Nominees

July 16, 2014

    Fueled by conservative obstructionism, over 50 nominees for top posts at the Department of State remain unconfirmed by the U.S. Senate, including over 40 nominees for ambassador positions. But the foot-dragging is not motivated by substantive concerns regarding most of the nominees. Instead, conservative obstructionism appears to be primarily a politically motivated retaliation […]

Political Upheaval in the Middle East: U.S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation and Competition:Lessons for U.S. Policy from the Past Three Years| Brian Katulis

June 16, 2014

By Brian Katulis and Peter Jul June 16th, 2014 | Center For American Progress The ongoing fragmentation in Iraq and Syria is the latest episode in a series of events that is shaking the foundations of today’s Middle East. The region has entered a fluid period of transition involving the growing power of non-state actors, […]

Challenges and Opportunities in Europe

June 4, 2014

  This week, President Obama is meeting with European leaders to discuss security and economic issues amidst continued uncertainty surrounding Ukraine’s future and recent European elections. The European tour offers the opportunity to further the kind of multilateral leadership the President reiterated during his foreign policy speech at West Point last week. And there’s no […]

5 Key Takeaways from Obama’s West Point Speech

May 28, 2014

President Obama laid out his foreign-policy vision for his second term in a commencement address this morning at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While the United States will act decisively and unilaterally against imminent threats to its national security, he said, it must also act cautiously as it assesses how to respond to […]

NSN Quoted in Washington Examiner on Tweeting Obama’s Foreign Policy

Can you summarize Obama’s foreign policy in a tweet? By Susan Crabtree May 28th, 2014 | Washington Examiner  Six years into the presidency, the Obama doctrine remains hard to put into words. As President Obama once again seeks to spell out his approach to the world, both critics and supporters say it’s difficult to characterize […]

Working Through the Tough Issues with Iran

May 16, 2014

This week, the P5+1 began a new round of talks over Iran’s nuclear program. The talks are scheduled to continue through Saturday.  Thus far, news out of the negotiations indicates that talks have been challenging, characterized as “good but difficult” by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, while U.S. officials have called for more progress. […]

Ukraine: Seeing Beyond the Current Crisis

April 25, 2014

The deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine and the possibility of Russian escalation highlights the need for a longer-term strategy for dealing with Moscow and assisting Kiev. Media reports indicate this is already underway in Washington. In developing longer-term strategy, however, it will be vital to get a number of key issues right – especially as […]

Continuing Strategic Rebalancing to Asia: The Do’s and Don’ts

April 21, 2014

With Vice President Biden in Kiev and President Obama arriving in Asia tomorrow, the need and capacity for the United States to manage multiple priority issues is on full display, including balancing long-term strategy with near-term crises. In Asia, the President will meet with leaders in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Malaysia to consolidate […]

Economic Statecraft and Near-Term Options to Impose Costs on Russia

April 16, 2014

Signature of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [European Council, 3/21/2014, https://flic.kr/p/mgYwp9]   The United States and Europe are likely to wait until after their talks in Geneva tomorrow with Russia and Ukraine before imposing additional sanctions on Moscow for its apparent covert involvement in the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine. Nonetheless, a strong set of economic […]

What a Final Deal with Iran Might Look Like

April 7, 2014

Today, the P5+1 are beginning another round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Progress over recent months has been slow but steady. Officials both in Tehran and Washington appear optimistic that while tough challenges remain, draft text of a potential agreement may be started on as early as next month. While it is by no […]

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