Press Releases

    Urgent Action Needed to Avoid a Global Trade War

    • March 11, 2009

    Aggressive action is needed to address the global financial crisis, but bailing out banks and domestic industries are measures that could—if not orchestrated carefully—provoke a devastating global trade war.

    Middle East Peace Process Should be a Transatlantic Priority

    • March 06, 2009

    Although Europe actively tries to manage Middle East crises, it undermines its economic, political, and security interests by assuming a secondary role to the United States and following its policy line.

    Pakistan’s Government Must Reform Intelligence Agencies, Reassert Civilian Control

    • March 06, 2009

    Pakistan’s new and fragile government must reform the country’s intelligence agencies to counter their influence on civil society and politics.

    Two-State Solution Talks Dead for Now, Focus Should be Sustainable Armistice

    • February 26, 2009

    Negotiations over a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have reached a dead end. International efforts should focus on a short-term cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that can pave the way for a sustainable armistice.

    More Transparency, Disclosure Needed for Sovereign Wealth Funds

    • February 26, 2009

    Greater transparency about their holdings and investment strategies would help Sovereign Wealth Funds to overcome concerns and to play a role in resolving the economic crisis.

    U.S. Must Move Ahead on Democracy Promotion

    • February 25, 2009

    The Obama administration faces pressure to pull back U.S. democracy promotion efforts, given the Bush’s administration’s legacy and increasing talk of a global “democratic recession.” However, by building a new approach to democracy promotion the United States can regain its place as a respected, trusted, and influential ally of democracy around the world.

    Early China focus by Obama can ensure progress on global issues

    • February 17, 2009

    While President Obama inherits a cordial and generally stable relationship with China, building goodwill early on and cultivating direct personal ties with Chinese leaders will be the best way to continue the largely productive relations of the last eight years.

    Voices from the Middle East: Tackle Palestinian Issue First

    • February 17, 2009

    Arabs expect the Obama administration to focus immediately on the Palestinian issue, using its influence with Israel to halt settlement activity and acting as an honest broker in peace negotiations.

    U.S. should increase support in Caspian region

    • February 11, 2009

    Focusing U.S. policy in the Caspian on containing Russian and Chinese influence has done little to advance U.S. security interests, and reduced its standing in the region to its lowest level in decades. The Obama administration needs a new approach that provides opportunities for local leaders to engage with the United States in economic and political development.

    Washington must lead on the Kurdish issue to avoid conflict

    • February 10, 2009

    The invasion of Iraq has surfaced long-suppressed nationalist aspirations among the Kurds, most notably the emergence of the federal Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). If ignored or mishandled, Kurdish aspirations have the potential to ignite violence and instability in Iraq, as well as the region, at a particularly delicate time.

    U.S. war in Afghanistan should de-escalate, focus on viable government after withdrawal

    • February 03, 2009

    The international community has yet to create the conditions for a sustainable Afghan state and a viable government in Kabul that can survive a U.S. withdrawal. The focus needs to shift to an alternative strategy that de-escalates combat, thereby neutralizing insurgency momentum and Taliban appeals for Jihad, while protecting infrastructure that allows stable Afghan institutions to develop.

    Dmitri Trenin Appointed Director, Carnegie Moscow Center

    • February 03, 2009

    The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced that Dmitri Trenin has been appointed director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.

    Obama administration should focus on short-term calm between Israel and Hamas

    • January 23, 2009

    It will be impossible to manage, much less resolve, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict while ignoring Hamas. The Obama administration should use diplomacy to restore a livable situation for the present, and at a later date move back toward longer-term diplomacy.

    U.S. Spent Over $52 Billion on Nuclear Security in 2008

    • January 13, 2009

    The U.S. spent at least $52 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs in fiscal year 2008, but only 10 percent of that went toward preventing a nuclear attack through slowing and reversing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.

    Carnegie Moscow Center Tops the List of Russia’s and Eastern Europe’s Best Think Tanks

    • January 13, 2009

    The Carnegie Moscow Center has been named the best among Russia’s and East Europe’s think tanks according to the Think Tank Index compiled by the University of Pennsylvania

    New U.S. administration should support Arab-led peace initiatives

    • January 02, 2009

    During the campaign, President-elect Obama emphasized the need for greater diplomacy and a willingness to engage with hostile regimes. This commitment to “return to diplomacy” will not be enough to break the deadlock in the Middle East. Obama should break from traditional U.S. posture and support peace initiatives originating with Arab countries.

    Obama needs cold cooperation with Russia

    • December 17, 2008

    Successive U.S. administrations have forfeited the chance to integrate Russia into the West. Instead, the United States has either neglected Russia or openly disregarded its overtures and warnings on a range of regional concerns. The incoming U.S. administration needs a comprehensive approach to Russia based on a shared vision of European security.

    Israeli–Syrian Peace Requires U.S. Leadership

    • December 11, 2008

    An Israeli–Syrian peace deal is a real possibility and would have a positive effect on the Middle East and U.S. interests there. But the two sides will not reach an agreement without U.S. leadership. The incoming administration should use a balance of pressure, incentives, and robust diplomacy to make the agreement a reality.

    Islamist Movements Must Convince Base Participation is Valuable

    • December 11, 2008

    Despite some electoral success, Islamist movements participating in politics have failed to influence policy and are criticized by their base for abandoning their religious commitments. Islamist movements must convince their supporters that political participation is the best way to affect government in the long term, despite seemingly poor short-term gains.

    Obama’s Middle East Policy: What the Arab World Expects

    Amid the overwhelming popular enthusiasm and unprecedented media coverage in the Arab world that accompanied the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, the Carnegie Middle East Center provided an open forum for distinguished Arab observers to share their thoughts on future American policies in the Middle East.

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