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Posts 21 to 30: Policy_Paper

Setting the Record Straight on the Bergdahl Release

June 6, 2014

  In the week since the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, there has been a flurry of conflicting reports and deliberate distortions of the issues involved. Some of this stems from the dearth of information about Bergdahl’s capture. But much of the discussion – including claims that Bergdahl was responsible for the deaths […]

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 […]

Defending the Deal that Freed Sgt. Bergdahl

June 2, 2014

  Over the weekend, the Administration negotiated the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban in exchange for five Taliban fighters held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, who have been moved to Qatar. The successful release of Sgt. Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years, responsibly upheld the commitment to […]

Assessing the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund

May 30, 2014

  The most substantive proposal in President Obama’s national security speech at West Point earlier this week is a new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF). The initiative would amplify ongoing efforts to build the capacity of partnered foreign militaries to confront insecurity related to terrorism in more places and with greater resources. This approach, which is […]

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 […]

Positive Signs for Resolving Iran Nuclear Issue

May 23, 2014

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released today its latest update on Iran’s compliance with an ongoing investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program. The report finds that Iran is cooperating with investigators and in compliance with its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action, agreed to last November. The news […]

Improving the House NDAA: Top 5 Amendments

May 21, 2014

This afternoon, the House will debate and vote on floor amendments to the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA has so far been riddled with problematic provisions in terms of both Pentagon budget andpolicy issues. But a number of the offered amendments can improve the House version of the bill. In terms of policy, Congress […]

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. […]

Top Policy Problems in the NDAA

May 14, 2014

Last week, NSN discussed key ways the current House version of the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) hampers smart and effective Pentagon spending. But problems with the NDAA are not only budgetary. The bill also includes policy provisions that would undermine U.S. national security. The legislation that was marked up by the House […]

Playing Politics with the Post-War Drawdown

May 9, 2014

This week, the House Armed Services Committee completed its markup of the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While the bill respects the caps on Pentagon spending, it misses the opportunity to make hard and smart choices about weapons programs and reforms to help the Pentagon adapt to future threats and budgetary realities. By […]

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