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  • Perceptions of an Assertive China

    The widely-held belief among both Chinese and Western observers that China is growing increasingly assertive has the potential to create significant challenges for Sino-U.S. relations.

  • Defining Success for the NPT Review Conference

    The 2010 NPT Review Conference is not a make-or-break moment for the nonproliferation regime. Countries should realize that they each have an opportunity to create positive momentum for further strengthening the regime after the Review Conference.

  • Post-Election Maneuvering: Rule of Law is the Casualty

    The post-election phase in Iraq appears even more difficult than anticipated, postponing improvements in Iraq’s long-term security and economic development.

  • NPT Review Conference—Not a Make or Break Moment

    The upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference is a chance for all states—not only the United States—to stabilize and strengthen the nonproliferation regime.

  • A Three-Point Plan to Save the Euro

    The emergency aid for Greece buys the Euro area some valuable time, but Europe will need to enact a credible plan that addresses the situations in both Greece and other vulnerable countries if the Euro area is to survive in the long-term.

  • Let's Start with a Nuclear-Test-Free Zone in the Middle East

    Insisting on the establishment a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East is unrealistic and creates counterproductive expectations. A Nuclear-Test-Free Zone, however, would be a step in the right direction.

  • Nuclear Energy Brief

    Pakistan Deal Signals China's Growing Nuclear Assertiveness

    China is poised to export two power reactors to Pakistan, despite guidelines adopted by the Nuclear Suppliers Group. The transaction is about to happen at a time when China's increasingly ambitious nuclear energy program is becoming more autonomous.

  • Afghanistan: A View from Moscow

    Despite its importance, Russia’s perspective on the war in Afghanistan has typically been missing from previous analyses of coalition policy. Moscow views Afghanistan largely through the prism of security threats to itself and its Central Asian neighborhood.

  • Lower Emissions and Lower the Deficit

    A carbon fee would discourage carbon emissions, encourage the transition to low-carbon fuels, and provide revenue to finance America's transition to a new world order of clean energy.

  • Missiles Over Tskhinvali

    Tensions between Georgia and Russia continue to simmer, in the aftermath of the five-day war of August 2008. Without disinterested help from the West, Georgian president Saakashvili’s rhetorical invocation of a Russian threat could all too easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  • Is Italy the Next Greece?

    Though Italy has exhibited better fiscal management than Greece, its debt level is still higher and its competitiveness has deteriorated just as sharply. To avoid its own sovereign debt crisis, Italy must raise its primary balance, cut labor costs, and enact structural reform.

  • Russia's New Place in NATO

    Neither the expansion of NATO—even if Russia is added—nor the European security pact proposed by Medvedev alone are capable of uniting Europe. What is needed is the creation of a common security zone encompassing all of these states in which war and the use of armed forces would be abolished.

  • Can Russia and Poland Forget Centuries of Animosity in a Single Weekend?

    The tragic death of the Polish president might give Poland and Russia a chance to move beyond their historical animosity, but it will still take hard effort on both sides to break away from the past and at long last come to terms with each other.

  • Assassination Season Is Open

    • Mark Medish, Joel McCleary
    • April 14, 2010
    • The International Herald Tribune

    State-sponsored assassination is on the rise worldwide. Aside from questions of moral justification and legality, political assassination also brings to the fore practical policy considerations, not least the law of unintended consequences.

  • Shot in the Foot

    Western NGO strategies for promoting democracy and human rights in the Arab world contain serious flaws. They treat the diverse Arab world as a homogeneous entity and refrain from working with some of the local organizations that have the greatest impact on the ground in Arab societies.

  • Afghanistan: Searching for Political Agreement

    A less costly and more effective way for the international coalition to overcome the impasse in Afghanistan is a negotiated agreement with the Taliban, which could pave the way for a unity government.

  • Arab Sovereign Wealth Funds

    Not only have Sovereign Wealth Funds become a contentious issue for Western policy makers, but their risk/return profile should also be of major concern for the Arab public, since the future economic well-being of Arab societies is at stake.

  • What China's Currency Shift Could Mean

    Chinese production continues to rise faster than domestic consumption, and even if China allows the renminbi to appreciate against the dollar, a rising trade surplus could lead to another increase in tensions.

  • Nuclear Weapons and National Security—A New Strategy

    The Obama administration's Nuclear Posture Review reflects modern reality and gives momentum to President Obama's long-term goal of living in a world without nuclear weapons.

  • The New START—A View from Washington

    The new START agreement that President Obama and President Medvedev will sign in Prague on April 8 provides concrete and tangible progress in bilateral relations and addresses the biggest existential threat the United States faces—Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

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