Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Featured Analysis

The Risk of Premature Sanctions

Karim Sadjadpour

The intent of U.S. policy should be to deter Iran’s nuclear advancement, not provoke it.


Obama Goes Back to Asia


With fears mounting that Washington has lost focus on Asia, Obama’s summit-filled trip to the region is an opportunity to reconnect with leaders and chart a clear course.


The Ultimate Fatal Attraction

Maha Yahya
National Interest

Five distinct trends—not including theology or technology—explain why youth join the Islamic State.


A New Ambition for Europe


Four experts assess the most pressing issues awaiting the incoming EU foreign policy chief and propose a new strategy for turning Europe into a more effective global actor.


What Iran Would Do Without a Nuclear Deal


Tehran is ready to try to win the world over to its side if a nuclear deal isn’t reached. The West needs to carefully manage the possible fallout from failure.


U.S.-Arab Counterterrorism Cooperation in a Region Ripe for Extremism


Many Arab governments are fueling the very extremism they purport to fight and looking for U.S. cover. Washington should play the long game.


Is There an Answer for Syria?

Jessica Tuchman Mathews
New York Review of Books

The rapid rise of the Islamic State means core assumptions driving policy on Syria must be rethought.


Egypt’s Repression of Civic Activists is a Serious Mistake

Thomas Carothers
Washington Post

Washington’s policy toward Egypt suffers from a persistent underestimation of the negative impact that undemocratic Egyptian politics have on U.S. interests.


Accountability, Transparency, Participation, and Inclusion: A New Development Consensus?

Thomas Carothers, Saskia Brechenmacher

The apparent consensus in international aid circles around the value of accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion remains less solid than enthusiasts wish.