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South Asia Security Monitor - No. 202
Bulletins - November 21, 2007
 

DPRK denies nukes to Syria;
Foreigners flock to Afghanistan

 
Confronting Iran: U.S. Options
Policy Papers - November 15, 2007
 

Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran looms large on the agenda of policymakers in Washington. Over the past several years, it has become clear that the Islamic Republic is pursuing a massive, multifaceted endeavor to acquire a nuclear capability—and that it is making rapid progress toward this goal, despite pressure from the world community. Yet Iran’s nuclear program is just part of a larger picture. The Islamic Republic’s enduring support for terrorism, its growing and pernicious regional role, and its radical, uncompromising ideology currently also pose serious challenges to the United States, its allies and American interests in the greater Middle East.

So far, policymakers in Washington have failed to muster an adequate response on any of these fronts. As a result, the Islamic Republic has gained precious time to entrench itself in Iraq, expand its support for terrorists and bring added permanence to its nuclear effort. The logical conclusion of the current status quo is a mature Iranian nuclear capability, continued Coalition casualties in Iraq, and emboldened terrorist groups across the region. If it hopes to avoid such an outcome, the United States must harness all the elements of national power into a strategy that focuses on three concrete goals vis-à-vis Iran: counterproliferation, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency.
 

 
South Asia Security Monitor - No. 201
Bulletins - November 2, 2007
 

An Islamic constitution for Afghanistan?;
Burma back as a narco-state

 
Flawed Federalism
Articles - October 19, 2007
 

Timing, the old saying goes, is everything. Just ask Sen. Joseph Biden, Delaware Democrat. For years, he has been sounding the bell about the need to devolve Iraq into its constituent parts: one Kurdish, one Sunni and one Shi'ite. And for years, his suggestions about Iraqi "federalism" have fallen on deaf ears. But now, in the wake of Gen. David Petraeus' long-awaited September report on the "surge," Mr. Biden's idea for the former Ba'athist state is suddenly getting some traction.

 
South Asia Security Monitor - No. 199
Bulletins - October 8, 2007
 

Thailand's military eyes the main stage;
India's nuclear arsenal out to sea

 
Iran, The Rainmaker
Articles - October 1, 2007
 

Ever since its start six years ago, the United States has been waging the War on Terror chiefly on the Sunni side of the religious divide within Islam. The principal targets have been Al-Qaeda and its affiliates. As recently as September 2006, the White House’s counter-terrorism strategy was still focused overwhelmingly on the Bin Laden network and its offshoots, which were seen as the vanguard of “a transnational movement of extremist organizations, networks, and individuals” threatening the United States. By contrast, the vision articulated by the president in his 2007 State of the Union Address is substantially broader. It encompasses not only Sunni extremists, but their Shi‘a counterparts as well. And, for the first time, it clearly and unambiguously identifies not just “terrorism” but a specific state sponsor — the Islamic Republic of Iran — as a threat to U.S. interests and objectives in the greater Middle East.
 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1497
Bulletins - September 19, 2007
 

Lionizing Lugovoi;
More missile defense deadlock

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 159
Bulletins - September 19, 2007
 

Saudi Arabia's cordon sanitaire; Riyadh-Tehran tensions rise; The next threat from Central Asia; The Ikhwan's next plan; Religious politics rear their head in Bishkek...

 
South Asia Security Monitor - No. 198
Bulletins - September 18, 2007
 

A new Asian security bloc takes shape;
Indonesia's clerics versus nuclear energy

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1493
Bulletins - September 1, 2007
 

Another energy tycoon on the lam;
Doing business, Russian style