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ReportsEscalation 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
ReportsSolving 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
ReportsSlow 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
ReportsA 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
ReportsEnding 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
ReportsContain, 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
ReportsDeir 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
ReportsGray 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
ReportsFrom 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
ReportsA Strategy for Ending the Syrian Civil War
Executive Summary Tough talk notwithstanding, the Trump administration’s early actions in Iraq and Syria appear broadly consistent with the approach pursued by the Obama admin...
By Colin H. Kahl, Ilan Goldenberg & Nicholas Heras
Many policymakers, intelligence analysts, and academics believe expelling the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from Mosul and Raqqah is the key to t...
By General Joseph L. Votel, LTC Christina Bembenek, Charles Hans, Jeffery Mouton & Amanda Spencer
ReportsRemodeling Partner Capacity
Since the September 11, 2001, attacks, the U.S. government (USG) has used security assistance programs with partner nations to advance its counterterrorism (CT) objectives. Th...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Alice Hunt Friend, Stephen Tankel & Nicholas Heras
ReportsDefeating the Islamic State
Fifteen years after September 11, 2001, al Qaeda has taken significant losses, but the threat from Islamic extremism has morphed and metastasized in ways that remain dangerous...
By Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas Heras & Paul Scharre
ReportsA Security System for the Two-State Solution
Report outlines comprehensive security arrangements for Israelis and Palestinians based on six core principles and provides proposed solutions to all of the toughest security ...
By Ilan Goldenberg
ReportsFrom the Bottom, Up
With the current state of the Syrian civil war, the conditions are not ripe for de-escalation in the conflict. If the United States is seeking a transition from the Assad regi...
By Nicholas Heras
ReportsReset, Negotiate, Institutionalize
Since the start of the Arab revolutions five years ago, the Middle East has experienced unprecedented instability. In such an impossibly fluid situation, the initial response ...
By Ilan Goldenberg
ReportsNine Lessons for Navigating National Security
Few periods in modern world history have been as complicated and tumultuous as the one the next U.S. administration will confront. A long list of international problems will c...
By Michèle Flournoy
After the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: A Game Plan for the United States
Five CNAS Experts lay out a comprehensive strategy and concrete recommendations for how the U.S. can maximize the opportunity presented by JCPOA....
By Avner Golov, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ellie Maruyama, Ilan Goldenberg & Nicholas Heras
The Iran Agreement and What Comes Next
In advance of Congress’ pending vote on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), CNAS experts produced commentary on U.S. strategy after the Iran Deal....
By Avner Golov, Axel Hellman, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ellie Maruyama, Ilan Goldenberg & Nicholas Heras
An Intensified Approach to Combatting the Islamic State
CNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy and President Richard Fontaine have authored a new policy brief arguing that “current efforts to counter ISIS are not adequate to the task” and that ...
By Michèle Flournoy & Richard Fontaine