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Provincial Elections a Positive Step but the Key Is Whether they are Viewed as Fair

Report 2 February 2009
This weekend’s peaceful provincial elections marked a major milestone for the Iraqi people.  However, the key concern remains whether or not the elections will be viewed as fair once all of the ballots have been counted and whether the losers will accept the outcome. 
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Iraq

Memo To The Community: The Way Forward In Iraq

Report 30 January 2009
As the United States experiences its own peaceful transition of power, Iraq heads toward provincial elections this week – the first of several critical touchpoints over the next year.  This memo takes stock of where the US stands in Iraq and identifies key challenges going forward.  
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Terrorism & National Security

Bush Administration Rewrites Failed Terrorism Legacy

Press Release Washington, D.C. 15 January 2009
Terrorism & National Security

"So What?" – The Failed Counterterrorism Policy of George W. Bush

Report 17 December 2008
Today, President Bush is giving a speech at the Army War College touting his legacy by arguing that there have been no terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11. Vice President Cheney has echoed the same sentiments recently in an interview with ABC. Sadly, this argument ignores the obvious fact that the administration ignored warnings from terrorism experts such as Richard Clarke in the run up to 9/11 and did not make al Qaeda a top priority.
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Iran

Secretary Rice Misreads Reality on Iran

Report 16 December 2008
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice misread the situation yesterday when she claimed that Iran’s influence in Iraq was in doubt. Following the overthrow of Saddam – Iran’s principal enemy – the Iranian regime was able to develop tremendous influence with the Shia-majority in Iraq. There is now a broad bipartisan consensus among foreign policy experts and senior government officials that it is time for a new approach based on tough direct engagement with Iran.
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Bush’s Trip a Reminder of a Failed Foreign Policy Legacy

Report 15 December 2008
Almost six years after an invasion that was supposed to spread democracy throughout the Middle East, more than 4,000 American troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, the American economy has absorbed approximately $1 trillion in costs, the Middle East has been destabilized and America’s image around the world has been sullied.
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Week Confirms an Undeniable Legacy of Failure

Report 12 December 2008
Despite attempts by the Bush administration to tout its legacy, it is very clear that President Bush is bequeathing his successor eight years of incompetence and failed policies that have left America significantly weaker.
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This Week Confirms an Undeniable Legacy of Failure

Press Release Washington, D.C. 12 December 2008
Military

Growing Consensus on Need for Military Reform

Report 11 December 2008
A consensus is beginning to emerge on the need for the Pentagon to move in a new direction. “The United States cannot expect to eliminate national security risks through higher defense budgets, to do everything and buy everything. The Department of Defense must set priorities and consider inescapable tradeoffs and opportunity costs.”
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