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What the AUMF Is and Why You Should Care

Jessica Michek / Blog April 18, 2018

Do today’s counter-terrorist operations against groups that are not responsible for nor even existed at the time of the 9/11 attacks require a new or expanded AUMF?

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5 Questions for Next Secretary of State About Syria

Nicholas Danforth / Blog April 11, 2018

Mike Pompeo’s upcoming confirmation hearings for the top role at the State Department offer a unique opportunity to bring clarity to one of the most vital challenges facing the White House today.

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Tea for the Tillerson: The Middle East Tour

Nicholas Danforth / Blog February 9, 2018

In the course of visits to Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, Tillerson will meet with other leaders of the anti-ISIS coalition with three main goals in mind.

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Is U.S. Finally Ready to Get Tough on Turkey?

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog February 7, 2018

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s closed hearing on Wednesday, February 7, “Turkey and the Way Ahead,” is almost certainly a reaction to the deterioration in U.S.-Turkish ties.

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The Pentagon’s Next Terrorism Threat (and Solution): Kids

National Security / News December 15, 2017

 If governments can harness their potential, large populations of young people offer a demographic dividend of creative energy, productivity, and economic prosperity.

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U.S. Action on Syrian Kurdish Fighters Ripe for Misunderstandings with Turkey

Blaise Misztal, Nicholas Danforth / Blog November 29, 2017

Trump told his Turkish counterpart that, with ISIS in retreat, the United States would end its controversial provision of arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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Crisis in Kurdistan and the Future of Iraq

National Security / November 2, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Amidst fears that conflict could destabilize Iraq, America has struggled to develop a coherent response to rapidly unfolding events.

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Containing the Kirkuk Crisis

National Security / Research October 19, 2017

The loss of Kirkuk brought a dramatic end to the enthusiasm aroused by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s September 25 independence referendum.

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U.S. Counterterrorism Policy from 9/11 to ISIS

National Security / Research September 6, 2017

Sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the United States continues to grapple with how to defeat the terrorist threat.

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Iraqi Kurds Seek Independence Vote

Nicholas Danforth / Blog August 30, 2017

If Washington cannot persuade Barzani to postpone the referendum, the challenge will be to carefully manage the post-referendum diplomacy.

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