National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Oil Bonanza: Good News for the World

    Mar 31, 2015

    World oil prices have fallen by more than 40 percent since June 2014 and over the next several years prices are more likely to fall than to rise. The global economy will benefit hugely from this shift, and it's possible that global security will also benefit from lower oil prices.

  • Give Ghani a Chance: Why This Time Is Different

    Mar 31, 2015

    After years of broken promises, there's reason to believe that these will be kept under President Ashraf Ghani and that the pronouncements about a better U.S.-Afghan future deserve the benefit of the doubt.

  • France Is Replacing the U.K. as America's Top Ally in Europe

    Mar 30, 2015

    The U.S.'s relationship with France should be recognized and strengthened. France retains the military capability and the political moxie to contribute significantly and aggressively to collective responses to security threats to the Atlantic Alliance.

  • Don't Scare Off Investors from Iran

    Mar 27, 2015

    Non-American corporations must decide whether the benefits of pursuing business opportunities in Iran outweigh the risks, and they will likely stay away as long as Congress keeps debating the imposition of new sanctions. Their reluctance to invest could prevent Iran from seeing the economic benefits of a nuclear deal.

  • A Better Afghan Strategy: Lose the Timeline

    Mar 26, 2015

    It's in America's strategic interest to once and for all do away with its arbitrary timeline in favor of a strategy that provides its Afghan partners with something to preserve and nurture, not something to dread losing.

  • Grounds for Cautious Optimism on an Iran Nuclear Deal

    Mar 26, 2015

    Sufficient information is available to be optimistic about the characteristics of the framework accord anticipated by the end of this month. Many Americans might be surprised to learn what has already been accomplished under the interim agreement that laid the groundwork for the comprehensive deal now being negotiated.

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