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Disarming the Bomb
Negotiations to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, reached an impasse this past year. Further, Iran made parall...
By Jonathan Lord, Arona Baigal, Hunter Streling & LCDR Stewart Latwin
Aligning U.S.-Israeli Cooperation on Technology Issues and China
The United States and Israel have a long history of working together as close allies. Theirs is a relationship based on common values and security interests. In recent years, ...
By Jonathan Schanzer, Shira Efron, Martijn Rasser & Alice Hickson
Lessons of the Syrian Conflict
Executive Summary In October 2019, The New York Times published a feature story describing how “Russia, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad carved up northern Syria as the Americans re...
By Nicholas Danforth
The Future of the Digital Order
Nations that successfully harness the vast economic, political, and societal power of emerging information and communications technologies will shape the future of the global ...
By Jeff Cirillo, Lisa Curtis, Joshua Fitt, Kara Frederick, Coby Goldberg, Ilan Goldenberg, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Megan Lamberth, Martijn Rasser & Dania Torres
When Less Is More
For the past 20 years, the U.S. military has invested heavily in the Middle East. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump both attempted to shift assets out of the region and...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Becca Wasser, Elisa Catalano Ewers & Lilly Blumenthal
A People-First U.S. Assistance Strategy for the Middle East
The U.S. assistance mix in the Middle East must be rebalanced away from security assistance and toward development, democracy, humanitarian, and stabilization programs as part...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Daphne McCurdy, Kaleigh Thomas & Sydney Scarlata
A New U.S. Strategy for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Executive Summary Key Proposition Today’s realities demand that the United States change its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its current focus is on high-profile...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Michael Koplow & Tamara Cofman Wittes
Toward a More Proliferated World?
U.S. policy must adapt unless Washington wants to be faced with a more proliferated world in the future....
By Eric Brewer, Ilan Goldenberg, Joseph Rodgers, Maxwell Simon & Kaleigh Thomas
The international community may find Iran ready to consider a return to negotiations in 2021—regardless of the results in November....
By Ilan Goldenberg, Elisa Catalano Ewers & Kaleigh Thomas
Countering Iran in the Gray Zone
American freedom of action to strike Iranian targets in the gray zone may be greater than previously assessed, if U.S. policymakers are willing and able to replicate at least ...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas Heras, Kaleigh Thomas & Jennie Matuschak
In Dire Straits?
In a joint report from CNAS and Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, Ilan Goldenberg, Jessica Schwed, and Kaleigh Thomas assess what would happen to the...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Kaleigh Thomas & Jessica Schwed
Escalation or Negotiation?
In May 2019, the Center hosted an all-day tabletop exercise to game out three scenarios related to the crisis surrounding U.S.-Iran tensions over Iran’s nuclear enrichment pro...
By Elisa Catalano Ewers, Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas Heras & Kaleigh Thomas
Solving the Syrian Rubik’s Cube
Executive Summary Eight years since the start of the Syrian crisis, the conflict in that country has transitioned from a war between the government of President Bashar al-A...
By Nicholas Heras & Kaleigh Thomas
Slow and Steady
Since 9/11 the United States has struggled with how to respond to the challenges posed by ungoverned spaces in the Middle East, from which terrorist attacks and destabilizing ...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas Heras & Kaleigh Thomas
A Realistic Path for Progress on Iran
Introduction and Recommendations The Trump administration has adopted an aggressive Iran strategy. The United States seeks to achieve—via the application of maximum pressure—n...
By Eric Brewer, Elisa Catalano Ewers, Ilan Goldenberg, Peter Harrell, Nicholas Heras, Elizabeth Rosenberg & Ariane Tabatabai
Ending Gaza’s Perpetual Crisis
Executive Summary Situation Overview A crisis is unfolding in the Gaza Strip. Its nearly 2 million residents live amid a man-made humanitarian disaster, with severe urban cr...
By Hady Amr, Ilan Goldenberg, Kevin Huggard & Natan Sachs
Contain, Enforce, and Engage
Foreword The United States ended a thirty-five-year diplomatic vacuum with Tehran with one objective in mind: to stop it from developing a nuclear weapon. The Joint Comprehens...
By Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg, Elisa Catalano Ewers, Jarrett Blanc, Ariel E. Levite & Karim Sadjadpour
Deir Azzour Tribal Mapping Project
About Deir Azzour Syria’s Deir Azzour governorate encompasses the two most important remaining wilayat (provinces) of ISIS’ would-be caliphate, Wilayat al-Furat/Wilayat al-...
By Nicholas Heras, Bassam Barabandi & Nidal Betare
Gray Zones in the Middle East
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and trans-Sahara regions are undergoing a period of instability and state collapse, with active civil wars raging in four of the most i...
By Nicholas Heras
From Reform to Revolution
A New Phase in U.S.–Egyptian Relations The United States has long looked to Egypt as a key partner in the Middle East. Egypt’s adherence to the Camp David Accords is fundament...
By Alexander Velez-Green