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Afghanistan

The Challenge of Resurrecting Afghanistan

Report 20 July 2009
The situation in Afghanistan is one of the most challenging foreign policy issues confronting the Obama administration. July is already the deadliest month of the war Coalition forces, as U.S. and Coalition forces have sought to regain the initiative against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. This offensive takes place after seven years of neglect and mismanagement by the Bush administration.
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Afghanistan

Turning Afghanistan & Pakistan Around

Report 25 June 2009
While world attention has waned in recent weeks, the Afghanistan–Pakistan region’s decline has continued. Afghanistan has suffered a spike in violence, which could intensify as the summer continues and the August Presidential elections approach.Yet the debate that is underway offers hope because it returns three factors to the scene that were absent for too much of the last eight years: comprehensive, well-resourced attention to the region; hard questions and meaningful oversight from people inside and outside the Administration; and an approach that goes beyond the application of military force to focus on the core interest of the region’s people – and of the United States.
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Diplomacy

"Frenemies" not Enough for U.S. and Germany

Report 5 June 2009
As President Obama stops in Germany briefly before heading to France for commemorations of the 65th anniversary of D-Day, all is not well in the U.S.-German relationship. Even as Obama is tremendously popular personally in Europe, there are indications that diplomatic missteps in both Washington and Berlin, as well as frustration over policy differences on the economic crisis and Afghanistan, have led to tension in the U.S.-German relationship.
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Military

Building the Military We Need

Report 15 May 2009
In a tremendous departure from Rumsfeld, Secretary Gates’ first priority has been to ensure that the troops on the ground get all the equipment and resources they need to do their jobs.  Through his focus on the immediate challenges of the current wars, Gates hopes to rebalance the military, better positioning it to address both the conventional and irregular threats of the 21st century. 
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Pakistan

The Roots of Pakistan’s Deterioration: Bush Looked Musharraf in the Eye

Report 6 May 2009
As President Obama meets today with Pakistani President Asif Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and the Pakistani Army prepares for a new offensive on the Swat Valley, there is little question that instability in Pakistan presents one of the most urgent threats facing the United States.  The priority must be on looking forward – supporting Pakistan’s governing institutions and its military in fighting the insurgency and helping stabilize the country. 
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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

U.S.-European Security Alliance Is Vital and Must Be Revamped

Report 3 April 2009
As NATO leaders meet in Strasbourg-Kehl to mark the alliance’s sixtieth anniversary, they bring great hopes for its renewal after eight years of discord.  Today the Alliance will admit Albania and Croatia as members, and return France to full participation after 43 years; both are signs of the vital role the Alliance still plays in binding up Europe’s old wounds – and binding all of Europe to the United States.  But substantive challenges lie ahead.
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Afghanistan

The World Joins in: a Regional and International Strategy for Afghanistan

Report 30 March 2009
Tomorrow’s conference at The Hague – bringing together almost one hundred countries, international and non-governmental organizations – represents an important step in implementing a comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan that recognizes that American interests cannot be secured through military force alone.  Afghanistan’s neighbors including Pakistan, Iran, Russia, India, China and the Gulf States all have significant interests in the country.  If they are not engaged to play a productive and positive role, there is little chance that Afghanistan can be stabilized.
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Afghanistan

A Focused and Comprehensive Strategy

Report 27 March 2009
After more than six years of strategic drift and lack of attention, the United States finally has a focused and comprehensive strategy for dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As President Obama explained today, “We have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future.” 
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Diplomacy

Signs of Reinvigorating the NATO Alliance

Report 13 March 2009
This week marked the 10th anniversary of NATO’s expansion into the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Their inclusion into NATO helped stabilize the region, consolidate democracy, and firmly put these countries on the path to membership in the European Union. Yet, after eight years of neglect from Washington, the Alliance is struggling to redefine itself to address the challenges of the 21st century.There were important signs this week that efforts to reinvigorate the Alliance are beginning
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