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Do Friends Spy on Friends?

Aug 15, 2014
Do friends spy on friends? It’s a simple question requiring a complex answer. The question represents one of the most contentious aspects of the new global security environment. And while keeping an eye on allies as well as enemies is nothing new, agreement on where to draw lines on such activity remains elusive.

For once, the situation in Iraq wasn’t caused by an intelligence failure

Aug 15, 2014
Was the sudden rise of the Islamic State insurgents, to use a loaded term, an “intelligence failure?” No, it wasn't writes Jane Harman. But no quantity of intelligence can fill the vacuum of a missing strategy.

Central American governments struggle to resettle children

Aug 14, 2014
Latin American Program Associate Director Eric L. Olson is quoted in this article about the challenges of resettling unaccompanied minors who may be deported from the U.S. to Central America.

Arab and Gulf Countries Must Take the Lead in Iraq

Aug 08, 2014
"This carnage should be an opportunity for Washington to work with responsible actors in the region. Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council countries should take the lead and provide humanitarian and military aid in the form of air power and ground troops to defeat and uproot ISIS, as it is already a coming attraction for Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Who Won the Gaza War?

Aug 08, 2014
Who is winning the war in Gaza? Aaron David Miller writes that while it's still too early to say, for now, here's how he would score the performance of the five major parties to this crisis: Israel, Hamas, the PA, Egypt, and the United States.

Why child migrants head to the US

Aug 05, 2014
Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted in this article explaining why the dangerous journey north outweighs the risks of staying behind.

Mexico is weak link to cross-border immigration enforcement

Aug 04, 2014
Associate Program Director Eric L. Olson is quoted in The Washington Post about how the lack of security on the freight trains, known as "The Beast", is one of the most obvious issues that must be tackled in order to enforce Mexico's role as a transit country.
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Opportunities at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Aug 01, 2014
In August 2014, President Obama will welcome leaders from across the African continent for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program, and Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, discuss why the summit is important, what issues will be addressed, and the anticipated outcomes for broader U.S.-Africa engagement.

America Needs to End its Obsession with Trying to Fix Everything in Gaza

Jul 31, 2014
"I worked as a U.S. negotiator on the Arab-Israeli conflict for almost 20 years, and nobody ever lost money betting against peace," writes Aaron David Miller. "When mediators do succeed, it's largely because the locals are ready for a deal – and a need a third party."

Will US sanctions offer Venezuela's Maduro a helping hand?

Jul 31, 2014
Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted in this article about the US imposed visa bans on 20 Venezuelan officials, citing alleged human rights abuses. The timing of the sanctions could strengthen Maduro's anti-US credentials.

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