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  • The Peace Process’s Last Hurrah?

    The Obama administration's efforts to convince Israel to agree to a final 90 day moratorium on settlement construction is a gamble that, if unsuccessful, could lead to the collapse of the peace process.

  • The Pause Button

    A failure by the U.S. Senate to ratify New START before the end of the year may cause Moscow to doubt the U.S. commitment to improving ties with Russia and could put the reset in bilateral relations on hold.

  • Europe Needs a California Dream

    When rethinking the institutional arrangements that underpin their monetary union, Europeans should take note of the California’s experience during the Great Recession.

  • Yemen Needs More Than Our Military Support

    The United States and the international community must avoid letting immediate counter-terrorism efforts swamp more important long-term development assistance and capacity-building measures in Yemen.

  • The Mideast Moratorium Mess

    The Obama administration is trying to avoid a complete collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which are faltering over the expiration of the settlement moratorium.

  • The Sources of Iranian Conduct

    While no historical analogy is perfect, analysts looking to understand Iran’s character and predict its future trajectory can benefit from comparing the Islamic Republic to the Soviet Union.

  • China's Unbalanced Growth Has Served It Well

    High investment rates have driven China's rapid growth in both GDP and consumption, but it is unclear whether such a strategy is sustainable in the long run.

  • Think Again: The Afghan Surge

    In spite of the military surge in Afghanistan, the situation is worsening and neither the civilian surge nor relying on the Afghan army to increase its offensive capabilities will prevent the situation from deteriorating further.

  • Questions for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    During Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s visit to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, journalists will have the opportunity to confront him on human rights issues in Iran, the country’s internal politics, and the recent defections of Iranian senior diplomats.

  • The Right Plan B for Afghanistan

    Negotiating with the Taliban now, when concessions are still possible, is the best hope for securing protections for the Afghan people, putting Afghanistan on the path towards a new constitution, and ending the coalition’s failing military strategy.

  • Afghanistan Will Only Get Worse

    The counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan is failing and the longer the United States waits to begin negotiating with the Taliban, the stronger the Taliban will be and the less likely it is that they will be willing to talk.

  • Europe Must React to Turkey’s Vote

    Turkey’s recent constitutional referendum passed with the support of little over half of the Turkish population, giving Prime Minister Erdogan an electoral victory and consolidating his political authority.

  • Turkey Faces the Democracy Test

    Turks are preparing to vote on a set of proposed constitutional amendments that risk undermining the independence of the judiciary and eroding one of the necessary checks on the power of the executive branch.

  • Only A Regional Approach Can Bring Middle East Peace

    The best hope for a two state solution is a new, comprehensive approach that involves the most important regional players, including Saudi Arabia and Syria.

  • Peace Talks A Test Of Netanyahu

    The timing of the recent direct peace talks in Washington has more to do with local political realities in the United States, Palestine, and Israel than any belief that the time is ripe for negotiating a sustainable peace.

  • Distinguishing Between Settlers

    Prime Minister Netanyahu must minimize the political and financial support for hard-core settlers, in order to mitigate the possibility that they negatively affect the peace talks.

  • Turkey's Silent Crisis

    Rising tensions between the Turkish government and the country’s Kurdish minority influence every aspect of political and cultural life in the country and threaten U.S. interests in the entire region.

  • By Overthrowing Regional Order, US Unleashed a Genie

    The 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq profoundly changed the politics of the Middle East, leading to an increase in Sunni-Shiite tension across the region and providing an opportunity for both Iran and Turkey to spread their influence and take a stronger role in regional relations.

  • Obama Is Right to Be Hard-Nosed on China

    The Obama administration’s strategy for dealing with China reflects the complex dynamics of economic cooperation and geopolitical competition that underlie Washington’s ties with Beijing.

  • Medvedev's Climate Moment

    The wildfires and heat wave that recently ravaged central Russia brought climate change to the forefront of the country’s domestic agenda and provide the Kremlin with an opportunity to prove its commitment to energy efficiency as well as economic modernization.

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