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  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    The New START—A View from Moscow

    When President Medvedev and President Obama sign the new START agreement in Prague on April 8, they should emphasize their common interest in nuclear disarmament and make the ratification process another step in the positive resetting of relations.

  • Commentary

    How Russia Nourishes Radical Islam

    Terrorist threats in Russia require a long-term, consistent strategy. But Russia's system of heavy-handed and unaccountable governance precludes strategic thinking.

  • Research

    Parsing the Political Consequences of the Moscow Bombings

    The Kremlin’s control over the media may allow Russia’s elites to avoid the immediate consequences of the recent metro bombings, but if the security problem is not resolved, the current authorities will face growing calls for accountability.

  • Commentary

    Too Little, but Perhaps Not Too Late

    The plan recently announced by European leaders to support Greece leaves many questions unanswered, and markets will likely withhold judgment on the agreement until a more credible rescue package is developed.

  • Commentary

    The Terrorism Hydra

    The March bombings in Moscow have shown that efforts by the Kremlin to quiet the North Caucasus have only made rebel leaders more desperate and more willing to resort to terrorism to achieve their goals.

  • Commentary

    The Obama Nuclear Agenda One Year After Prague

    President Obama should assess whether any other leaders of major countries are seriously prepared to pursue a nuclear-weapon-free world. If some are, he should invite them to join him in detailing a ten-year action plan to minimize the dangers posed by fissile materials and maximize the potential of peaceful nuclear energy.

  • Commentary

    A Five-Point Plan for Greece

    If European leaders are to avoid sinking deeper into a crisis with unpredictable consequences, they must take urgent and immediate action, not debate far-reaching proposals such as a European Monetary Fund.

  • Commentary

    Beradar, Pakistan, and the Afghan Taliban: What Gives?

    Recent arrests of high-profile Afghan Taliban leadership by Pakistan do not indicate a strategic change in Pakistan’s counterterrorism strategy.

  • Research

    The Political Challenge of Yemen's Southern Movement

    Yemen’s secessionist Southern Movement threatens the country’s stability, but a military campaign against it would only further inflame its supporters and increase support for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A political solution is required.

  • Commentary

    Turkey's Political Revolution

    • Henri Barkey, Morton Abramowitz
    • March 22, 2010
    • Wall Street Journal

    Turkey’s ruling party has an opportunity to free Turkey from a political system heavily influenced by the military and move towards a functioning democracy that could have an enormous impact on the entire region.

  • Commentary

    Rethinking U.S. Strategy on the Middle East Peace Process

    An unprecedented war of words following Israel’s announcement of a new settlement in East Jerusalem during Vice President Biden’s trip to the Middle East threatens any hope of a successful outcome to the indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

  • Research

    Global Outlook: Ugly New Risks Emerge in the Aegean

    The global recovery is strengthening and growth in 2010 is likely to be modestly higher than consensus estimates, but the crisis in Greece—and its possible spread to other Euro area countries—poses a significant risk.

  • Commentary

    Middle East Peace–START–Iran–Reset:Clinton’s Trip to Moscow

    U.S. Secretary of State Clinton leaves for Moscow for a Quartet meeting on efforts to revive Israeli–Palestinian peace talks. She will also meet with President Medvedev to address the bilateral agenda, not least the successor agreement to START and Iran's nuclear program.

  • Commentary

    Allies Everywhere Feeling Snubbed by President Obama

    Rather than expending energy solidifying relations with long term allies, the Obama administration has focused its foreign policy efforts on improving relations with its competitors and adversaries.

  • Testimony

    Transatlantic Security in the 21st Century: Do New Threats Require New Approaches?

    Given the reset in U.S.–Russian relations, the time is ripe for the United States, Europe, and Russia to devise a security architecture for a new century—one capable of maintaining peace and stability on the European continent throughout the years to come.

  • Research

    What Comes Next in Yemen? Al-Qaeda, the Tribes, and State-Building

    There are limits to how much foreign intervention can accomplish in Yemen. To overcome its daunting security, economic, and political challenges, Yemen’s political system needs to become less centralized and more inclusive.

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