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Nuclear Negotiations with Iran Remain on Positive Track

February 26, 2014

Last week P5+1 negotiators met with their Iranian counterparts in Vienna for the latest round of nuclear negotiations, the first since the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action agreed to in November. While both observers and participants in the negotiations remain realistic about the potential for a deal, many have also noted that reaching […]

An Effective National Security Strategy with a Smaller Army

February 24, 2014

Today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will preview aspects of the FY2015 budget for the Pentagon and an adjusted five-year plan for spending. The most anticipated announcement is the Department of Defense’s decision to reduce the end strength of the Army to between 440,000 and 450,000 active duty soldiers. These numbers are consistent with priorities […]

What’s at Stake in Ukraine?

February 21, 2014

The protests and crackdown in Ukraine have captured the world’s attention. The violence has resulted in scores dead and much devastation in the historic and beautiful city of Kiev. There is a shaky agreement in place, as of this morning, that calls for early presidential elections in December, a return to the constitution of 2004 […]

What to Expect from Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

February 19, 2014

With implementation of the six-month interim agreement reached in November between Iran and the P5+1 running smoothly, negotiations towards a comprehensive deal began this week between Iran and six world powers. Reaching an agreement that addresses the concerns of both sides and is accepted by domestic political audiences in all the countries engaged will be […]

Kerry’s Asia Trip: Positive Moves Toward Needed “Rebalancing”

February 14, 2014

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in South Korea to begin his fifth trip to the Asia-Pacific. Now in China, Kerry will also travel to Indonesia. Notable on the agenda are issues relating to North Korea, maritime security as overlapping claims between China and other nations continue to generate tension in the South and […]

Calling for Bigger, Better Solutions: Tackling Pentagon Bloat, Bad Investments

February 12, 2014

Today, the Senate is expected to vote on the measure passed by the House to undo the $6 billion reductions to the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for working-age military retirees over the decade, which are to be paid for by reductions in Medicare. This would give the Pentagon a pass in fully shouldering its […]

Measured Progress Toward Preventing an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

February 10, 2014

This weekend, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reached an agreement allowing the UN nuclear watchdog to begin its investigations into Iran’s past nuclear activities with possible military dimensions. This weekend’s deal is the most recent in a number of moments of measured progress at multiple levels. Internationally, the implementation of the Joint […]

International Issues Surrounding the Sochi Olympic Games

February 7, 2014

Today marks the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a Russian resort city on the Black Sea. Coverage of the games so far has focused largely on the poor and unfinished construction of the Olympic village; however there are larger trends and lessons to acknowledge emerging out of the games. These range from […]

Calibrating the Threat Assessment of al Qaeda Affiliates

February 5, 2014

Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the changing threat posed by al Qaeda. The hearing comes on the heels of some political leaders, mostly conservatives, having asserted that the United States is no safer today than before 9/11 and that the degradation of core al Qaeda is a “false” or “wishful […]

Clear Choice to Pursue Difficult Iran Talks

February 3, 2014

With the interim agreement reached last November in Geneva implemented and underway, the next round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran towards a final, comprehensive deal, is scheduled for February 18 in Vienna. NSN has chronicled the support for a negotiated deal, and opposition to additional sanctions, from the public, national security experts and […]

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