NSN Statement: Plans to Normalize Relations with Cuba

December 18, 2014

National Security Network Statement on Plans to Normalize Relations with Cuba FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2014  Washington, DC — Along with the release of  USAID contractor Alan Gross and an unnamed U.S. intelligence asset, President Obama announced today sweeping changes in U.S. policy with Cuba, normalizing relations after half a century of Cold War isolation. National […]

Responding to Russia’s Actions in Ukraine: The Role of NATO

September 3, 2014

Recent reports indicate that Russia has escalated its assistance to rebels in eastern Ukraine with a greater flow of armaments and the direct involvement of around 1,000 Russian troops. This morning, a day ahead of the NATO summit in the United Kingdom, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have endorsed a ceasefire plan in Ukraine […]

John Bradshaw on Al Jazeera America Discussing Global Conflicts

July 29, 2014

Al Jazeera interviews NSN’s Executive Director John Bradshaw on global conflicts July 28th, 2014 | Al Jazeera  

Increasing Pressure on Russia to Resolve the Ukraine Conflict

July 23, 2014

  Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in eastern Ukraine, the West faces challenges in coordinating a significant increase in pressure on Russia to bring an end to the regional conflict.  Thus far, relatively modest sanctions by the United States and Europe have been effective in imposing costs on the Russian economy […]

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. […]

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