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Iran Erupts - U.S. Must Pursue Engagement, Human Rights and Resist Radical Calls from Neocons

Report 15 June 2009
Iran erupted this weekend following claims from the regime that President Ahmadinejad had been overwhelming reelected. Supporters of the main opposition candidate, former Prime Minister Mir Hussein Moussavi, quickly took to the streets in protest. The regime has cracked down brutally, detained many opposition leaders, placed Moussavi under watch, evicted and detained foreign journalists, and attempted to block protestors ability to communicate and organize by blocking text messaging and internet access.
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Iran

Engagement With Iran Has Undercut Hard-liners, Strengthened Reformists, and left American Conservatives in Disarray

Report 12 June 2009
Iranians have turned out in huge numbers to vote in their presidential election today. The major storyline thus far has been the tremendous outpouring of support for challenger Mir Hussein Moussavi.While emphasizing economic reforms and political and personal freedoms, his supporters have also repudiated the approach of Ahmadinejad and expressed their desire for improved relations with the west – particularly with the United States. President Obama’s election, and his efforts to engage the region and establish a relationship built on mutual respect, have resonated.Yet conservatives who once longingly looked for democracy to emerge in Iran are now changing their tune in an effort to salvage their discredited hard-line approach toward Iran, arguing that the presidency is irrelevant and the outpouring on the streets doesn’t matter because the elections are not entirely free and fair.
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Iran

Whatever the Outcome of Iran’s Elections, U.S. Engagement Strategy Must Continue

Report 11 June 2009
Tomorrow, Iranians will head to the polls, in what has been widely billed as a historically unprecedented presidential election.Yet many conservatives are attempting to paint the election as a pivotal moment for Obama’s engagement strategy, asserting that if Ahmedinejad wins Obama will have to abandon his current approach.  Whatever the election’s outcome, its immediate impact on Iranian foreign policy will be limited. Meanwhile, the underlying fundamentals will not change:  eight years of bluster and attempts to isolate Teheran failed.  
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Diplomacy

Strong Diplomacy Needed to Address Nuclear Challenges

Report 28 May 2009
The spread of nuclear weapons is a tremendous global challenge -- and a threat we can do something about, one where other nations actually desire US leadership.
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Diplomacy

Netanyahu Meets Obama

Report 18 May 2009
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington today to meet with President Obama. There has been much talk of tension and conflict in the run-up to this meeting. President Obama, like Presidents Bush and Clinton before him, has argued forcefully that the only way to create a lasting peace is through the formation of an independent Palestinian state. After witnessing the failure of the Bush administration’s isolation and bluster approach to stem Iran’s nuclear development, as well as the extremely dangerous repercussions military action would have on our troops in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama administration has sought a new course based on serious diplomatic engagement.
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Diplomacy

The Conservative Party: Like It's 1999

Report 11 May 2009
After eight years of reckless saber-rattling and an almost exclusive focus on the military – conservatives still oppose reasonable and tough diplomacy.
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Iran

Engaging the Middle East

Report 5 May 2009
A series of high-level meetings this week points up the interconnections in the Obama administration’s comprehensive strategy for the Middle East. The most high-profile of these meetings will take place between President Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres, while Secretary Gates is in the Middle East meeting with Egyptian and Saudi leaders. The new approach rejects the neoconservative trope that the road to Jerusalem goes through Baghdad or Tehran or Damascus. There is no quick route to peace in the Middle East; the road goes through all of these places, but it ultimately begins and ends in Jerusalem.
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Diplomacy

Conservative Myths about Barack Obama's Foreign Policy

Report 28 April 2009
Conservatives have persisted in pushing various myths about President Obama's various foreign policy achievements. This document outlines the various conservative claims and definitively refutes their hypocritical, baseless claims. In reality, President Obama has achieved many foreign policy goals in a remarkably short period of time.
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Diplomacy

Engaging on Middle East Peace

Report 22 April 2009
The Obama administration’s announcement that it will be inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Mubarak and President Abbas to separate talks at the White House is the latest sign that Obama has put the Middle East peace process high on his agenda.  This path will not be easy.  The integrated Middle East strategy advocated by President Obama is the one that best serves American interests. 
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Diplomacy

Reaching Out to Turkey and the Muslim World

Report 7 April 2009
The President’s speech yesterday in Turkey showed respect and support for a key ally while taking the next step in his extensive outreach to Muslims worldwide. In a speech given in a country where US favorability rating had fallen to 12 percent last year and broadcast throughout the Muslim world, the President made clear that America “is not, and will never be, at war with Islam.”
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