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THE FAR-RIGHT FRINGE ORIGINS OF ISLAMOPHOBIC AND ANTI-REFUGEE POLITICS
J. Dana Stuster
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PRESS CALL: GETTING THE FACTS ON BENGHAZI

Derek Chollet, Matthew Olsen, John Bradshaw (moderator)
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REPORT: THUNDER WITHOUT LIGHTNING

THE HIGH COSTS AND LIMITED BENEFITS OF THE F-35 PROGRAM
Bill French
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POLICY BRIEF: THE LIMITS OF IRAN'S REGIONAL AMBITIONS

How Iran’s Foreign Policy is Failing
J. Dana Stuster
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NSN Statement: Plans to Normalize Relations with Cuba

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… Read More ›

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2016Counterterrorism

Hyperbole is not a Strategy

Hyperbole is not a Strategy December 18, 2015 While all the candidates on the Republican debate stage in Las Vegas criticized Democrats on national security issues, very few of them presented anything resembling a clear strategy for tackling the threats facing the United States. Instead, they substituted tough talk, threats,… Read More ›

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Obama Building U.S.-India Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century

Obama Building U.S.-India Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century President Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend, their second bilateral summit since September 2014, when the two leaders announced a “renewed U.S.-India partnership for the 21st century.” Now, the United States and India are following up on that commitment with additional action to strengthen the foundation of the strategic relationship. That effort is meeting significant success, with Prime Minister Modi announcing that “Our relationship stands at a new level today” following the unprecedented invitation and attendance of President Obama at India’s 66th Republic Day. Already, agreements have been reached on a wide range of mutual interests between the two nations, including trade and investment, security, nuclear energy, and climate change. While much work remains to build on this foundation, effective follow up holds the potential to deepen a bilateral relationship that may form a new cornerstone for comprehensive global security and stability in the 21st century. The developing partnership between the United States and India is crucial to securing the mutual interests of both nations in addressing regional and global challenges. Vikram Singh Mehta and Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu of the Brookings Institution put the developing partnership between the… Read More ›

CounterterrorismMiddle East and North AfricaAQAPYemen

What Comes Next in Yemen

What Comes Next in Yemen January 23, 2015 Yemen entered a new political crisis this week as President Abdu Rabu Mansur Hadi and his Prime Minister and cabinet announced their resignation rather than comply with demands from the country’s Houthi Movement. The collapse of the government makes it unclear who – if anyone – is in charge of the country; some factions within Yemen are trying to exploit the new political vacuum, and the situation has far reaching effects for U.S. counterterrorism operations and the geopolitics of the region. However, alarmist claims that the country is collapsing into a terrorist state are wildly overblown – Yemen faces an uncertain future that will be decided by disputing factions that may turn violent, but this does not mean the end of order or governance. It will be tempting for the United States to respond to by doubling down on its emphasis on counterterrorism and its support for allies who are permissive of U.S. military operations, but this will be unsustainable as long as the United States does not also couple its approach with an emphasis on economic and political reform that was promised but not delivered in Yemen. What just happened: Who… Read More ›

Defense Budget

A Smarter Way to Spend on Defense | Tobias Gibson

A Smarter Way to Spend on Defense Tobias T. Gibson January 21, 2015 | The Hill  The United States has historically had significant difficulty preparing for the kinds of conflicts it finds itself involved in. For example, despite the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States continued preparing for conventional conflict during the 1990s. The result was a shortfall of necessary equipment and expertise in the early days of the War on Terror, with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld infamously quipping that “You go to war with the army you have.” Beyond challenges in adapting its hardware, the military and the intelligence community had difficulty adapting their intellectual talent to deal with emerging threats. The national security community has had to do without imperative language experts because too few had been trained in the multiple, disparate languages of the Middle East and South Asia. But the management of the trade-offs in underfunded intellectual preparedness for conflict and national security policy is difficult. As the United States began to rebalance towards Asia, then-Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell observed, “We have now built an unbelievable cadre of people that can tell you every aspect about how to… Read More ›

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