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February 3, 2010

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Deficits in a Growing Defense Budget

The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget fails to align spending with calls to rebuild the military to handle irregular warfare, says expert Todd Harrison. He also cites an inability to get…

January 25, 2010

Iraq
Avoiding Crisis in Iraq’s Political Minefield

As Iraq’s pre-election crisis deepens, Iraq analyst Reidar Visser says Washington must do more to counter the sectarian agenda emerging in Baghdad’s political landscape.

January 6, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Connecting the Dots on Intelligence Reform

President Obama says "systemic failures" contributed to the Christmas Day airliner plot, but CFR’s Steven Simon says given the huge volume of intelligence analyzed daily, reforms won’t come easily.

December 29, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
A Fraying Yemen’s Terrorism Problem

Washington must increase aid to Yemen to help deter forces like the al-Qaeda affiliate linked to a plot to destroy a U.S. airliner, says Christopher Boucek.

December 23, 2009

United States
Prioritizing U.S. Cybersecurity

Reports of Predator drones’ data losses in Iraq and Afghanistan should serve as a call to action to upgrade U.S. cybersecurity capabilities, says analyst James Lewis.

December 14, 2009

Iraq
Security and Politics Collide in Iraq

The recent spate of bombings in Baghdad is testing the U.S. commitment to withdrawal, and Iraqi political leaders’ ability to maintain their grip on power, says expert Sam Parker.

December 11, 2009

Defense Technology
Guarding the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Following a post-Cold War erosion of senior level attention to nuclear weapons stewardship, the Air Force general charged with protecting the U.S. nuclear arsenal says his service is finally regainin…

October 22, 2009

Afghanistan
Painting Democracy on Afghanistan

Afghanistan expert Thomas H. Johnson says Western efforts to force a runoff election will not produce a legitimate leader in the eyes of Afghan voters, and could further destabilize the country.

October 20, 2009

Afghanistan
Ending the Afghan Election Crisis

Expert Peter M. Manikas says a fresh round of presidential voting may be the only way to enhance legitimacy in Kabul despite the monumental challenges involved in staging a secure runoff election.

October 14, 2009

Israel
Solving the Syrian Puzzle

CFR’s Mohamad Bazzi says Syria continues to "meddle" in the business of many states in the Mideast but could be a useful partner for the United States in the region.