Topics

Research Links

Infrastructure

Infrastructure spending was among the biggest components of Obama's 2009 stimulus package, but since then sucess has been limited. Obama’s signature high-speed rail project has not been implemented and Congress has blocked most of his other big ideas. Due to the current federal paralysis, at least thirty states have launched serious initiatives to increase transportation-dedicated funding since 2013. CFR's Renewing America infrastructure score card provides more information on the infrastructure and transportation challenges facing the United States. 

See more in United States; Infrastructure

Op-Ed

The U.S. Government Should Pay Anonymous in Bitcoin to Fight ISIS

Author: Emerson Brooking
Foreign Policy

Writing in Foreign Policy, Emerson Brooking argues that, given ISIS’ strategically significant use of social media for recruiting and messaging, any comprehensive plan to defeat the terror network must also neutralize its online presence. He proposes the creation of a bounty system that would pay hacktivists in anonymized Bitcoin to flag ISIS social media accounts and disrupt its websites. 

See more in United States; Cybersecurity; Counterterrorism

Transcript

Media Conference Call: Assessing Netanyahu's Speech

Speakers: Robert M. Danin and Ray Takeyh
Presider: Gideon Rose

CFR experts Robert Danin and Ray Takeyh discuss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3, 2015 speech before a joint session of U.S. Congress. Experts discuss U.S.-Israel relations, Prime Minister Netanyahu's strategic objectives, and ongoing talks over Iran's nuclear program.

See more in Israel; Iran; Presidents and Chiefs of State; Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament

Event

U.S. Policy Options in Ukraine

John E. Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, join Washington Post Associate Editor Karen J. DeYoung to discuss Ukraine's politics, policies, and options going forward.

See more in Ukraine; Conflict Assessment

Video

U.S. Policy Options in Ukraine

Speakers: John E. Herbst and Matthew Rojansky
Presider: Karen J. DeYoung

John E. Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and former  U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, join Washington Post associate editor Karen J. DeYoung to discuss Ukraine’s politics, policies, and options going forward.

See more in Ukraine; Conflict Assessment

Op-Ed

Why the Oil Price Drop Matters

Author: Michael A. Levi
World Economic Forum

After three years of unusual stability around $100 a barrel, oil prices fell steeply in the second half of 2014, dropping from $115 a barrel in June to around $60 by December. With oil critical to national economies, international security and climate change, what does the apparent new world of oil mean?

See more in Global; Oil

Transcript

U.S. Policy Options in Ukraine

Speakers: John E. Herbst and Matthew Rojansky
Presider: Karen J. DeYoung

John E. Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and former  U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, join Washington Post associate editor Karen J. DeYoung to discuss Ukraine’s politics, policies, and options going forward.

See more in Ukraine; Conflict Assessment

Op-Ed

Obama's Bay of Pigs

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

The U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria looks eerily similar to the infamous 1961 failed Bay of Pigs operation. Micah Zenko argues that a clarification of phase two—how the United States will support the armed rebels once they are trained and equipped—is needed before the United States proceeds.

See more in Syria; Defense Strategy; Conflict Assessment

Op-Ed

The Strategic Genius of Iran's Supreme Leader

Author: Ray Takeyh
Washington Post

On the surface, there is not much that commends Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. An anti-Semite, he has frequently questioned the Holocaust and defamed Israel in despicable terms. As a conspiracy theorist, he endlessly weaves strange tales about the United States and its intentions. As a national leader, he has ruthlessly repressed Iran’s once-vibrant civil society while impoverishing its economy.

See more in Iran; Presidents and Chiefs of State