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The Foreign Policy Project is committed to developing realistic and robust bipartisan policy recommendations for the principal national security and foreign policy issues confronting the United States.

INFOGRAPHIC: Evaluating a Nuclear Deal With Iran

BPC released a new infographic and analysis that shows what would constitute an acceptable nuclear deal with Iran as the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) deadline approaches this weekend. The visual shows various ideas of what a “good” outcome could consist of and the analysis expands on the options.

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ISIS v. ISIL

Who’s in Iraq? Why are there various names for the terror group in Iraq?

The terrorist group marching through Iraq and slowly taking control of large swaths of the country has been referred to by a variety of names by our government officials, the media and foreign policy experts. These include the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 

The Rise of ISIS Reveals the Middle East’s Shifting Alliances

On June 10, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, as well as Tikrit, and is now steadily advancing towards Baghdad. The ascendancy of this extremist organization—which had been excommunicated from al Qaeda earlier this year—has profound implications for the security and stability of the region. It also exposes just how fractured and unsettled the Middle East is.

President Erdoğan? Turkish Prime Minister Announces Presidential Candidacy

On August 10, Turkey will hold its first direct presidential election. On the last possible day for candidate registration, July 1, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the much-anticipated announcement that he will run for president—a post that he has long coveted. 

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Turkey: Voting Irregularities Spur Call for Election Monitoring

Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Turkey Initiative released a new paper today assessing election fraud in Turkey’s local elections earlier this year. The initiative, co-chaired by former U.S. Ambassadors to Turkey Mort Abramowitz and Eric Edelman, has written extensively on the importance of restoring a more cooperative U.S.-Turkish relationship and the obstacles to doing so.

Nuclear Iran

Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program

As the United States and other world powers continue to negotiate a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicates that Iran is complying with the interim deal, known as the “Joint Plan of Action” (JPA), that went into effect on January 20, 2014. As reports suggest that talks have thus far failed to bridge major gaps between the P5+1 and Iran, it appears increasingly likely that the JPA will be extended another six months beyond the July 20 deadline and that the status quo described in the IAEA report will continue.