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The Islamic State and Iran’s Role in the Middle East

October 6, 2014

Expansive Syria Airstrikes Raise Questions about U.S. Strategy

October 3, 2014

Fighting the Islamic State: Assessing the Impact on the Pentagon’s Budget

October 1, 2014

As the United States expands the war against the Islamic State to include striking targets in Syria, the issue of funding the campaign has garnered increased interest from policymakers. Recent analyses by outside experts project that the costs of a sustained campaign could rise to $8 billion per year for airstrikes – depending upon their […]

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit: U.S.-India Issues to Watch

September 29, 2014

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with President Obama today as part of a trip that also includes meetings with American governors, members of Congress, business leaders, and an address delivered at Madison Square Garden in New York. Prime Minister Modi’s visit has been cast as an opportunity to “reinvigorate” U.S.-Indian relations at a moment […]

Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Possibilities for Progress

September 26, 2014

Negotiations between the P5+1 nations and Iran over Iran’s nuclear enrichment program resumed last week in New York ahead of the U.N. General Assembly, and in their addresses this week, both President Barack Obama and President Hassan Rouhani spoke with cautious optimism about the prospects of a deal. Some reports have suggested that diplomats are […]

Ghani’s Inauguration Will Allow Progress in Afghanistan

September 24, 2014

On Sunday, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was officially declared the winner of Afghanistan’s presidential election after months of political deadlock and accusations of voter fraud. President-elect Ghani has said he will share power with the election’s runner-up, Abdullah Abdullah, who will be appointed the country’s chief executive. Ghani’s inauguration is scheduled for next Monday, September 29, […]

Four Unanswered Strategic Questions on the Islamic State Intervention

September 19, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appeared before Congress this week to present the President’s case for escalating the intervention against the Islamic State. But after multiple hearings, the Administration still has important questions to answer before Congress should authorize an escalation of the U.S. role in Iraq and Syria. […]

POLICY BRIEF – Navigating an AUMF for the Islamic State: Toward a High-Standard Authorization

September 17, 2014

Policy Brief by Bill French and J. Dana Stuster September 18, 2014  Read the full NSN policy brief. Policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch are rightfully focused on addressing the threat posed by the Islamic State. The White House maintains that it already possesses the legal authority for armed conflict against the Islamic State […]

President’s “Critics” Don’t Have an Islamic State Strategy

September 15, 2014

Since President Obama outlined his plan to confront the Islamic State last Wednesday, critics have pounced on the proposal. Though the President’s strategy has many shortcomings, some of which NSN addressed last week, many of the President’s critics have in fact agreed with the principles of the plan – but then claimed differently. These critics […]

President Obama’s Islamic State Strategy: Sound in Principle, but Plan Still Incomplete

September 11, 2014

Last night, President Obama spoke to the American people to outline his strategy for confronting the Islamic State. He outlined a plan to coordinate a broad international coalition to train, assist, and provide intelligence and air support to partner forces in the region taking the fight to the terrorist organization. The speech comes after months […]

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