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November 19, 2018

Cybersecurity
Zero Botnets

Botnets—groups of computers infected with malicious software often used for crime—cost the economy billions of dollars each year. Technology makers, ISPs, cybersecurity companies, and law enforcement need to work together across the globe to fight botnets.

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November 13, 2018

Turkey
Neither Friend nor Foe

The strategic relationship between the United States and Turkey is over. While Turkey remains formally a NATO ally, it is not a partner of the United States. The United States should not be reluctant…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Washington, DC, on May 16, 2017.

May 14, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Enhancing U.S. Support for Peace Operations in Africa

Overview The number of UN peacekeepers is at a record high, with nearly 110,000 uniformed deployed "blue helmets" worldwide, most of them in Africa. But the status quo is "untenable," warns Paul D…

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April 8, 2013

Military Operations
The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces

Overview U.S. special operations forces are doing more things in more places than ever before. They are now active in some seventy countries and, since 2001, have seen their combined budget nearly…

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February 20, 2018

Indonesia
Keeping the U.S.-Indonesia Relationship Moving Forward

The United States and Indonesia should collaborate on checking China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea and combating terrorism and piracy in Southeast Asia, while aiming for modest but achievable improvements in economic relations.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem leads a group of Indonesian navy ships in formation during a pass and review with the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex, in this photo dated November 20, 2011. Stethem was anchored off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, for a port visit. (Terry Matlock/U.S. Navy)

January 19, 2018

Russia
Containing Russia

The United States has failed to elevate Russia’s intervention in U.S. elections to the national priority that it is, and it has neglected to respond to it in a way sufficient to deter future attacks,…

Containing Russia

March 24, 2016

Myanmar
Securing a Democratic Future for Myanmar

To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy, writes Priscilla A. Clapp in a new report from …

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December 2, 2011

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East

The United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia has been one of the cornerstones of U.S. policy in the Middle East for decades. Despite their substantial differences in history, culture, and govern…

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May 16, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
A New Beginning

Overview Focus group research in Morocco, Egypt, and Indonesia has shown that it is possible to improve the image of the United States in the Muslim world. Although many Muslims are angry at wh…

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March 6, 2017

Russia
Reducing Tensions Between Russia and NATO

Kimberly Marten outlines how U.S. policymakers can deter Russian aggression with robust support for NATO, while reassuring Russia of NATO’s defensive intentions through clear words and actions based in international law.

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