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Asad Under Fire: Five Scenarios for the Future of Syria
The brutal conflict underway in Syria jeopardizes key U.S. strategic interests, but leaves Washington with few attractive options to protect them and little leverage over the ...
By Melissa Dalton
Pressure Not War: A Pragmatic and Principled Policy Towards Syria
If Syria is to have any chance of reaching political transition, the United States and the international community must respond to the increasing violence there through an enh...
By Marc Lynch
The Burden: America's Hard Choices in Post-Election Iraq
In this policy brief, CNAS Senior Fellow Tom Ricks argues that U.S. and Iraqi policymakers should go back to the drawing board and find a solution that prevents Iraq from unra...
After the Fire: Shaping the Future U.S. Relationship with Iraq
Since 2003, debates about America’s role in Iraq have focused on how to withdraw U.S. forces. Yet the search for an “end game” emphasizes a short-term objective - getting out ...
By Brian Burton & John A. Nagl
Shaping the Iraq Inheritance
American policy in Iraq will undergo two critical transitions throughout the remainder of 2008 and into early 2009: movement to a new U.S. posture in Iraq; and a wartime trans...
By Colin H. Kahl, Michèle Flournoy & Shawn Brimley
The Case for Conditional Engagement in Iraq
Five years into the war in Iraq with no end in sight, a new strategy is needed. The current strategy of unconditional support to Iraq’s central government has not produced nea...
By Colin H. Kahl & Shawn Brimley
Measuring Progress in Iraq
Nobody seems to know how to talk about and evaluate “progress” in Iraq, or the lack thereof. In the context of the confusion, progress should be evaluated along several dimens...
By Colin H. Kahl
The U.S. military will withdraw from Iraq; the question is when and under what conditions. This report will provide a realistic appraisal of America’s enduring interests in Ir...
By James N. Miller & Shawn Brimley
Enduring U.S. Interests in Iraq
Even as forces in Iraq are drawn down, the U.S. has enduring interests in that besieged country and the surrounding region, and these interests will require a significant mili...
By Michèle Flournoy & Shawn Brimley