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November 27, 2001

Agricultural Policy
Across the Rubicon

Overview The world's agricultural system stands at the shores of a technological Rubicon. On the near side, where most farmers toil today, new strains of crops are still largely the product of con…

December 12, 2001

Afghanistan
A Roadmap for Afghanistan

As the war in Afghanistan nears its end, and formerly warring Afghan factions work on a future order for the country, the signals are both good and bad. On the positive side, Afghan leaders meeting i…

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April 20, 2002

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Red-Teaming the Data Gap

Introduction This paper outlines the information technology requirements of an effective Homeland Defense strategy against further al-Qaeda terror strikes within the United States. It highlights t…

May 30, 2002

Egypt
Strengthening the U.S.-Egyptian Relationship

Introduction The U.S.-Egyptian relationship is rooted in strategic calculation. It bolsters peace between Egypt and Israel and makes possible broader peace in the region. The U.S.-Egyptian relatio…

May 30, 2002

Saudi Arabia
Strengthening the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

Introduction The U.S.-Saudi relationship is based on common interests that are fundamental and critical to both countries. Since September 11, however, many factions on both sides are calling for …

January 1, 2003

Iraq
Guiding Principles for U.S. Post-Conflict Policy in Iraq

Overview As we gain perspective on the initial postwar period in Iraq, a conventional wisdom has formed about key mistakes the U.S. government made in the early months of the occupation. This pres…

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February 14, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Reforming the Palestinian Authority: An Update

Overview Domestic and international interest in Palestinian reform in the second quarter of 2002 generated much needed political pressure on the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), forcin…

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May 28, 2003

Defense and Security
A New National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Overview Almost exactly a year after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush released to Congress and the American public his National Security Strategy, the most detai…

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January 8, 2004

Colombia
Andes 2020

Overview The United States spends approximately $700 million per year in the Andean region, but this Commission report concludes that current U.S. policy--focused narrowly on “drugs and thugs” in …

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November 17, 2005

United States
America’s Place in the World 2005

Overview A quadrennial poll on foreign policy issues finds both the public and U.S. opinion leaders taking a decidedly cautious view of America’s place in the world, reflecting concerns about the …