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January 21, 2014

Pakistan
Reorienting U.S. Pakistan Strategy

Overview As U.S. and coalition forces prepare to draw down troops in Afghanistan, this new report urges Washington to view Pakistan not solely or even principally in the context of U.S.-Afghanista…

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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.

Cover image for Council Special Report Zero Botnets

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.

October 8, 2009

Conflict Prevention
Enhancing U.S. Preventive Action

Overview Few would dispute that preventing conflict, instability, and humanitarian disaster is preferable to confronting these problems after they arise. Preventive measures are generally less exp…

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April 10, 2015

Grand Strategy
Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China

Overview "China represents and will remain the most significant competitor to the United States for decades to come. As such, the need for a more coherent U.S. response to increasing Chinese power…

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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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January 1, 2013

Defense Technology
Reforming U.S. Drone Strike Policies

Overview Over the last ten years, drones have become a critical tool in the war against terrorist and militant organizations worldwide. Their advantages over other weapons and intelligence systems…

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November 15, 2006

Intellectual Property
Reforming U.S. Patent Policy

Overview The conversation on American competitiveness is often intertwined with the conversation on innovation. The liberalization of trade and the increasing influence of emerging markets such…

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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)

November 19, 2014

Nigeria
U.S. Policy to Counter Nigeria's Boko Haram

Overview The militant Islamist group Boko Haram's increasingly bold attacks in Nigeria—most notably its April kidnapping of nearly three hundred female students—threaten to fuel further Muslim-Chr…

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