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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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How Iran’s Foreign Policy is Failing
J. Dana Stuster
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Obama Faces Tough Crowd at Home on Iran Nuclear Deal By Carl Schreck and Luke Johnson November 21, 2014 | RFE/RL Proponents of Congressional pressure say the threat of new sanctions legislation could result in greater concessions from Tehran in exchange for relief from international sanctions. Others, however, say a… 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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Needed: A Strategy to Remain an Energy Superpower | Brian Katulis

Needed: A Strategy to Remain an Energy Superpower By Brian Katulis January 8, 2015 | Wall Street Journal Energy policy has featured prominently in the nascent debate between the 114th Congress and the Obama administration. Republican leaders vowed to hold a vote on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and the White House announced that the president would not sign the legislation if it passed. But the pipeline is just one of an array of issues that affect energy security, environmental challenges, and foreign-policy priorities. Over the past few years, the United States has emerged as an energy superpower, overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest producer of oil and gas. Global energy markets have taken note: Oil prices have fallen more than 50% since summer, a steep drop contributing to uncertainty among investors–and stock market fluctuations in recent weeks. Current dynamics allow the U.S. to define a path on energy and the environment that enhances its global leadership role (in contrast to all of that talk about U.S. decline). Energy policy is an important tool in U.S. engagement–leaders in Washington shouldn’t squander this moment with political dysfunction and polarization. Brian Katulis is the Chairman of the National Security Network Board of Directors, and a senior fellow at the… Read More ›

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Afghanistan at a Crossroads: Preserving Progress with International Support

Afghanistan at a Crossroads: Preserving Progress with International Support January 7, 2015 As the United States ends its combat mission in Afghanistan and President Ashraf Ghani concludes his first hundred days in office, there are reasons for cautious optimism about the country’s future as it enters a new phase of its history. President Obama’s strategic drawdown of forces in Afghanistan has ended the 13-year-long Operation Enduring Freedom while effectively preserving a U.S. security presence in the country and creating the strongest political ties with Kabul in years. Though Afghanistan’s government and people remain under constant threat, the country has made considerable gains in its development, political stability, and security. With continued international support, this progress can be consolidated and maintained. Afghan security can be preserved with continued support from the international coalition. As Adm. James Stavridis (Ret.) wrote this week, “the security situation and performance of the Afghan security forces is not as bad as reports make them out to be. While attacks are up, and there are some regions of the south and east where Taliban influence is growing, there has not been the kind of whole-scale collapse of the security forces which occurred in Iraq. The difference is… Read More ›

Asia and the PacificCounterterrorismAUMFGuantanamoIranRussiaT-TIPTPP

Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges for 2015

Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges for 2015 Tomorrow, the new Congress is set to begin its first session amid a flurry of near- and mid-term foreign policy challenges that it will have the ability to affect for better or worse. Issues looming large include negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program as conservatives once again consider new counterproductive sanctions, the war against the Islamic State as American forces are being exposed to increased risk, the fate of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as the transfer of prisoners picks up pace, managing America’s security interest in sustained nonproliferation cooperation with Russia even as Moscow misbehaves in Eastern Europe, and potentially divisive trade agreements under negotiation. On all of these issues, an effective relationship between Congress and the Obama Administration could prove the difference between success and failure. Heading into 2015, the top issues are: Reaching a nuclear deal with Iran and avoiding congressional action that would lower the prospects of successful negotiations: As the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran continue, further extending the freeze of Iran’s nuclear enrichment, members of Congress are threatening again to derail the talks by imposing new sanctions. “I think we’ll have a supermajority, a veto-proof majority, to… Read More ›

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