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  • Obama's Briefing on Iran: It's About Pressure, Not Diplomacy

    When President Obama and his top national security staff briefed journalists this week on Washington's strategy toward Iran's nuclear program, he was making the case that the administration's approach for isolating Iran is working.

  • How to Square the Caucasian Circle

    Two years since fighting broke out between Georgia and Russia, the situation in the separatist territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains deadlocked and the current western policy of strong rhetorical support for the Georgian position substitutes easy words for hard diplomatic work.

  • The Effect on Public Opinion

    The disclosure of thousands of classified military documents reveals a darker picture of the war in Afghanistan that is likely to increase public opposition to the war.

  • Turkey, a Silver Lining of the Crisis

    The crisis in the eurozone may prove a blessing in disguise for Turkey, given its strong economic performance over the past years, and could even revitalize Turkey’s prospects for membership in the European Union.

  • All Together Now: Missile Defense

    • Sam Nunn, Igor Ivanov, Wolfgang Ischinger
    • July 21, 2010
    • The International Herald Tribune

    Missile-defense cooperation would be a potential game changer in U.S.-Russian and NATO-Russian relations and a crucial step toward a sounder European security order.

  • Don't Blame Europe for Turkey's Moves Away From the West

    Fully engaging with and understanding Turkey is of critical importance for the United States, and blaming the European Union's continued reluctance to accept Turkey into its ranks oversimplifies the situation and could lead to unintended consequences.

  • Turkey's Other War

    • Henri Barkey, Morton Abramowitz
    • July 15, 2010
    • Real Clear World

    While Turkey, led by Prime Minister Erdogan, pursues an activist foreign policy in the Middle East, troubles with an insurgent Kurdish minority threaten the stability of the AKP’s leadership.

  • China's Political Awakening

    While China’s labor activism signals a broader political re-awakening of its civil society, this emerging phenomenon does not guarantee fundamental change to the country’s autocratic political order.

  • The China Capital Surge

    Investors concerned that China will dump its holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds should be worrying instead about an increase of foreign capital in U.S. markets, which will cause the U.S. trade deficit to surge.

  • The More Russia Changes…

    At the 2010 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, President Medvedev appealed to investors to put their money into the Russian economy. However, corruption continues to kill investor interest in Russia.

  • Obama's 5 Foreign-Policy Victories

    In the month of June, the Obama administration achieved a number of foreign policy successes regarding Afghanistan, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Russia.

  • Afghanistan after McChrystal

    The selection of General David Petraeus offers a window to analyze the grim realities in Afghanistan and start implementing the most effective way forward.

  • Change Course Now

    The departure of General McChrystal and arrival of General Petraeus provides a golden opportunity to abandon a failing strategy in Afghanistan.

  • For the G20, the Glass Is Half Full

    The G20 still has far to go in terms of reforming the global financial system and calming the lingering economic turmoil, but the experience of sovereign wealth funds provides a useful outline for what is possible.

  • Where Is Russia?

    • Mark Medish
    • June 22, 2010
    • The International Herald Tribune

    Modern Russian must overcome a number of internal and external pressures in the course of its struggle to determine its role in the changing global community.

  • The Turkish-American Split

    • Henri Barkey, Morton Abramowitz
    • June 17, 2010
    • The National Interest

    In spite of recent tensions, the United States and Turkey still share important common interests. However, Turkey is a growing power and there are significant areas where Turkey’s perspective and interests differ from those of the United States.

  • The Risks of Losing a Special Role in the Caucasus

    The position of EU special representative for the south Caucasus plays an important role in the potential transformation and development of the volatile region.

  • Containment Policy for a Nuclear Iran?

    The ideals espoused by the Green Movement in Iran continue to hold a strong appeal to the country’s youthful population, but the movement needs to explain to Iranian workers why it would govern better than the current regime if it wants to change the power dynamic in Iran.

  • It Takes Two to Reset

    The U.S. administration and politicians in Moscow have sharply divergent views on the ‘reset’ in bilateral relations. Where U.S. officials see dialogue, compromises, and concessions as a means of winning over the other side, the Russian elite considers dialogue to be a sign of weakness.

  • Kyrgyzstan: A Test for Mutual Security

    The crisis in Kyrgyzstan presents an opportunity for the three multilateral groups working in the area to do real, immediate good while building trust and demonstrating that cooperation is possible in the increasingly interconnected and fragile Eurasian security space.

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