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  • WebMemo posted January 24, 2006 by John Hulsman, Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Confounding the Mullahs of Iran: It's Time for Israel to Join NATO

    On the surface, Iran appears to have bested the international community in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. As former Secretary of State Colin Powell has observed, after two years of fruitless negotiation, the international community is no closer to halting Iran's quest for nuclear weapons.[1] Instead, the great powers endlessly debate where and when a diplomatic…

  • Backgrounder posted January 11, 2006 by John Hulsman, Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. After Schroeder: U.S.-German Relations in the Merkel Era

    The election of Angela Merkel as Germany's new chancellor and the departure of Gerhard Schroeder provide an opportunity for Washington and Berlin to lay the groundwork for greater cooperation in the war on terrorism and in international efforts to address the growing threat from rogue regimes such as Iran and Syria. Merkel's ascendancy will pave the way both for an easing…

  • Commentary posted January 10, 2006 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., John Hulsman Merkel Comes to Washington: Six Tips for the Bush Administration

    President George W. Bush will meet with Germany's new Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on Friday. The summit will be an important opportunity for Washington and Berlin to lay the groundwork for greater cooperation in the war on terror and in confronting the growing threat posed by rogue regimes such as Iran and Syria. The meeting will also pave the way for…

  • WebMemo posted January 6, 2006 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., John Hulsman The Bush/Merkel White House Meeting: Recommendations for the Bush Administration

    President George W. Bush will meet with Germany's new Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on January 13. The summit will be an important opportunity for Washington and Berlin to lay the groundwork for greater cooperation in the war on terror and in confronting the growing threat posed by rogue regimes such as Iran and Syria. The meeting will also pave the…

  • WebMemo posted January 5, 2006 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., John Hulsman Britain's Conservatives Must Reclaim the Anglo-American Special Relationship

    The election in December of 39-year old David Cameron as leader of the British Conservative Party has dramatically transformed the fortunes of the world's oldest political organization. The latest polls place the Conservatives in a clear lead over the ruling Labour Party for the first time since 1992. The prospect of a Labour defeat in 2009 or 2010, previously…

  • Backgrounder posted December 14, 2005 by James Phillips, John Hulsman, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Countering Iran's Nuclear Challenge

    Western efforts to negotiate an end to Iran's drive for nuclear weapons have produced unsatisfactory results. Tehran has made tactical concessions under international pressure to freeze its uranium enrich­ment operations and submit to increased inspections of its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but it remains determined to…

  • Lecture posted October 6, 2005 by John Hulsman Lawrence of Arabia and the Perils of State Building

    Since the end of the Cold War, America's efforts at state building--be it in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Afghanistan, or Iraq--have suffered from a tendency to reinvent the wheel. That is, policymakers have acted as if these efforts have never been tried before, and consequently, vital lessons that might have been learned as to how the process might better work…

  • WebMemo posted August 23, 2005 by John Hulsman, Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Make or Break for the Iraqi Constitution

    At the end of Monday's cliffhanger negotiations, Iraqi representatives set a new and final deadline of August 25, 2005, for reaching agreement on the country's new constitution. The process has unsurprisingly been contentious from the start, as long-standing differences of opinion over such important issues as federalism, Islamic (Sharia) law, women's rights, and…

  • Commentary posted July 10, 2005 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., John Hulsman Anglo-US alliance: bulwark of our western civilisation

    This week's barbaric terrorist attacks in London, which claimed dozens of lives and injured hundreds of people, were a direct assault on the Anglo-US alliance, the engine of the global war on terror. An al Qaeda splinter group calling itself "the Secret Group of al-Qaeda's Jihad in Europe" claimed responsibility for the multiple blasts. The motives behind the Al…

  • WebMemo posted July 7, 2005 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., John Hulsman The London Terrorist Attacks: The Anglo-American Alliance Will Not Be Broken

    Today's barbaric terrorist attacks in London, which claimed at least 37 lives, are a direct assault on the Anglo-U.S. alliance, the engine of the global war on terror. An al Qaeda splinter group calling itself "the Secret Group of al-Qaeda's Jihad in Europe" has already claimed responsibility for the multiple blasts. The motives of this organization are clear. With…

  • Backgrounder posted June 20, 2005 by John Hulsman Cataclysm: The Rejection of the European Constitution and What ItMeans for Transatlantic Relations

    It has already begun. The authors behind the Euro­pean Union's latest effort at centralization, the EU Constitution, are attempting to ignore the cataclysm of its rejection by voters in the Netherlands and France. In both countries, voters turned out in large numbers, with roughly 70 percent of the French and around 63 percent of the Dutch going to the polls. The results…

  • Backgrounder posted June 1, 2005 by Helle C. Dale, John Hulsman A New Perspective on Kosovo's Final Status

    After years of relative international neglect, the Bal­kans is back on the political agenda in Washington and Brussels, where there is agreement to review Kos­ovo's ultimate status this summer. As noted by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns on May 19, it is "a year of decision for Kosovo." Since the NATO bombing campaign that ended…

  • Commentary posted February 20, 2005 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., John Hulsman Britain is the key to Bush project of flexible Europe

    In the lead-up to President Bush's European tour this week, there has been feverish speculation in London that the leader of the free world will voice his support for the European Constitution while in Brussels. Rumours have abounded that the White House, under sustained pressure from the European Union (EU), is about to cave in to Franco-German demands that…

  • WebMemo posted February 17, 2005 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., John Hulsman President Bush's Trip to Europe: Key Issues and Recommendations

    President Bush will shortly embark upon the most important European trip of his presidency. Between February 20 and 24, the President will hold summit talks with leaders of NATO and the European Union and will meet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.…

  • WebMemo posted February 16, 2005 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., John Hulsman The Bush Administration Should Not Back the European Constitution

    Newly-appointed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice deserves credit for laying down the gauntlet to European critics of U.S. foreign policy. Her gutsy trip to several EU capitals, including London, Paris, Brussels, and Berlin, rightfully won her plaudits across a Europe deeply divided over the war in Iraq and a host of major foreign policy issues, including the…