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Afghanistan

Principles for an Afghanistan Strategy

Report 18 February 2009
As the Obama Administration begins a 60-day review of its Afghanistan strategy, a diverse group of progressive experts in development, counter-terrorism, regional politics and US politics came together to advise NSN on a set of principles that might guide both the Administration in building a new strategy and advocates in Congress, the media and the public in judging a proposed strategy.
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Military

Pragmatic Signals Foreshadow Tough Choices Ahead

Report 28 January 2009
This week, the Obama administration made three symbolic down payments on restoring balance and moderation to our national security policy. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Obama administration would have a focused and modest in regards to Afghanistan and defense acquisitions.  Finally, the Obama administration took steps to re-engage with the Muslim world, with Senator Mitchell’s arrival in the region and the positive response throughout the Middle East to Obama’s interview on Al Arabiya.
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Terrorism & National Security

A New Tone and Approach to the Muslim World

Report 27 January 2009
In his second week in office President Obama has begun to enact a new approach toward the Middle East and make good on his Inaugural address pledge: “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”
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Terrorism & National Security

Upholding Values, Securing America

Report 23 January 2009
This week, President Barack Obama used his first few days in office to dramatically revamp U.S. foreign policy. President Obama has outlined a vision that restores American diplomacy, makes prudent use of our armed forces, and upholds our best values – making our core values a fundamental part of the effort to protect America, not an obstacle to it. 
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Diplomacy

A New Era

Report 21 January 2009
In the words of his inaugural address and his first actions in office, President Barack Obama made clear that he would pursue foreign policy in line with progressive values and American ideals
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Terrorism & National Security

Turning the Page

Report 16 January 2009
In his farewell address President Bush claimed many foreign policy successes, but his rhetoric belies the reality of his legacy. However, the President’s leadership in forging and funding a bi-partisan consensus emerged on the need for the U.S. to take action to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa is striking.  It reveals the new approach that America must now deploy consistently as we turn the page on the Bush administration – an approach that seeks to integrate all elements of American power, economic, diplomatic, legal, cultural, and military. The confirmation hearings of the past week have teased out common strands, from State to Defense to the UN, of a new integrated approach toward the world that is strategic about our interests and consistent with our values.
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John McCain's Scary Foreign Policy

Report 31 October 2008
There are few things more unnerving, even on Halloween, than Senator McCain’s positions on foreign policy. The area was supposed to be a major McCain strength, but over the course of this campaign it has become increasingly clear that McCain holds extremely neoconservative positions.
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Iran

McCain-Palin Iran Policy Will Hurt Americans at the Pump

Report 29 October 2008
Today, Governor Palin is giving a speech on energy policy and Iran, but her policy and that of John McCain’s are only likely to increase gas prices and lead to confrontation. President Bush’s reckless rhetoric on Iran has already created a security premium that energy analysts believe accounts for 10-30% of the price of oil. McCain’s policies and willingness to sing about bombing Iran promise more of the same. Moreover, McCain plans to continue Bush’s failed policies of refusing to talk to Iran and exclusively focusing on economic and military pressure.
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Iran

Former Bush Point Man on Iran Calls McCain's Approach Crude, Wrong

Press Release Washington, D.C. 27 October 2008