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Experts React to Ayman al-Zawahri Audio Message

Press Release Washington, D.C. 20 November 2008

The Scourge of International Piracy

Report 19 November 2008
In recent months pirates have successfully pulled off a number of high profile hijackings off the Horn of Africa. The most dramatic recent incident involves the hijacking of a Saudi supertanker with 2 million barrels of oil. These activities represent a threat to the international system and could hamper trade, significantly raise shipping costs, and impact world oil prices.
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Afghanistan

Focusing on the Greatest Danger

Report 12 November 2008
A new Administration will give US strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan the thorough re-thinking and re-evaluation it so desperately needs. They will face hard choices and some unpalatable options on Afghanistan – but the shift to confronting facts on the ground straightforwardly is a welcome beginning.
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Bush Has Made America Less Safe

Report 30 October 2008
Iraq

McCain’s Reckless Incoherence on Syria

Report 28 October 2008
The Bush administration had no official comment concerning a clandestine attack by U.S. Special Operations forces into Syria. Senator Obama also refused to comment publicly on such a sensitive military operation. Yet the McCain campaign responded with a press release that argued that this operation would not have happened in an Obama administration and attacked Obama for advocating diplomatic engagement with Syria. McCain’s argument is not just reckless but incoherent.
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Afghanistan

NIEs on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq Rebuke Conservatives, Validate Progressives

Report 16 October 2008
Three new National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq add up to a stunning indictment of conservative foreign policy. Each report, prepared as part of a comprehensive re-evaluation of current U.S. strategy, contains troubling findings for our national security.
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Memo: The National Security Aspect of the Domestic Debate

Press Release Washington, D.C. 14 October 2008

McCain’s Troubling Debate Performance

Report 29 September 2008
During last Friday’s Presidential debate, John McCain raised many doubts about his foreign policy aptitude. Not only did McCain commit factual gaffes, but he seemingly confused or shifted his position on Iran, as well as demonstrated a failure to understand the strategic implications of his reckless rhetoric.
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Terrorism & National Security

An Al Qaeda Offensive?

Report 22 September 2008
This weekend saw a major attack in Pakistan that killed at least 60 people including a number of Americans. Combined with last week’s attack against the American embassy in Yemen and earlier strikes this summer in Algeria, it is clear that seven years after 9/11 Al Qaeda’s networks are increasingly active. These events represent a failure of the Bush administration’s counter-terrorism policies.
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Iraq

A Shift That’s Too Little Too Late

Report 9 September 2008
The President’s announcement today that the U.S. will begin a modest redeployment of American forces from Iraq to Afghanistan – a recommendation progressives have been advocating for years – is a welcome shift. But the redeployment is so modest and will take so long to arrive that, effectively, the President remains fixated on Iraq - regardless of the larger implications for U.S. national security.
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