Diplomacy

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 […]

Opportunities and Challenges for U.S.-ASEAN Engagement

March 31, 2014

This week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will host the defense ministers of ASEAN member states in Hawaii before travelling to the Western Pacific to meet with Chinese, Japanese and Mongolian officials. The meeting with ASEAN defense ministers in particular underscores the importance of continuing to increase the role of the United States in Southeast […]

U.S. and Europe Working Closely on Ukraine Response; Congress Needs to Step Up with Aid Package

March 24, 2014

President Obama will spend this week in Europe attending the Nuclear Security Summit and meeting with NATO leadership in Brussels. Much of the trip is expected to deal with the ongoing crisis in Crimea. As Russia positions an estimated 20,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, U.S. intelligence and senior military commanders have warned of potential […]

Iran Talks on Track Despite Russian Threats to Undermine Progress

March 21, 2014

The latest round of talks with the P5+1 powers over Iran’s nuclear program were held this week. This was the second round of negotiations since the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action, which temporarily rolled back aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. The negotiations were widely received as making incremental progress as delegates focused on […]

Alireza Nader and Jim Walsh Quoted in Bloomberg following NSN Press Call on Iran

March 19, 2014

Iran Nuclear Talks Seen on Track for Accord by July By Jonathan Tirone, Ladane Nasseri and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan March 19, 2014 | Bloomberg Iran and six powers said they are optimistic a permanent accord on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program is possible before their interim deal expires in July, after talks described as the most […]

Avoiding Nuclear Fallout from the Crimea Crisis

Observers have begun to turn their attention to thinking through the potential second-order effects of the Crimea crisis. While it remains too soon to draw any conclusions, Washington and Europe must pay close attention to managing potential longer-term unintended consequences of decisions made today to deal with the crisis. One of the top such concerns […]

[UPDATED] NSN Press Call: Assessing Negotiations with Iran

Vienna Talks Assessing Negotiations with Iran CALL TIME Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:00 AM Eastern ABOUT THE CALL Senior officials from  the P5+1 countries are scheduled to gather in Vienna, Austria next week for a new round of talks with Iran, aimed at halting the country’s nuclear ambitions. On Wednesday, March 19th, the National Security […]

Options after Crimea’s Referendum

March 17, 2014

Yesterday, while under continued Russian military occupation, Crimea voted overwhelmingly to join the Russian Federation in a referendum in which the status quo was not a choice. The United States, the European powers, Kiev and other members of the international community have declared the referendum illegitimate and in violation of Ukrainian and international law.  In […]

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