The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

ceipLogo_theHill2.gifThe Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. The Endowment—currently pioneering the first global think tank—has operations in China, the Middle East, Russia, Europe, and the United States whose work is dedicated to achieving practical results.

Thinking Strategically About Russia

Successive U.S. administrations have forfeited the chance to integrate Russia into the West first afforded by the collapse of Communism and again by 9/11. The United States has either neglected Russia or openly disregarded its overtures and warnings on a range of regional concerns. President-elect Obama needs a comprehensive approach to Russia based on a shared vision of European security.

Iran: Is Productive Engagement Possible?

Iran continues to be a critical national security challenge for the United States, despite decades of effort to change Tehran’s behavior by isolating the country politically and economically. The relevant question is not whether to talk to Iran but how. Engagement should focus on six critical issues: Iraq, Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation, the Arab–Israeli conflict, energy, and terrorism.

Is a League of Democracies a Good Idea?

The next U.S. administration should not push for a new league of democracies, but instead take the following steps to bolster democracy promotion and United States foreign policy around the world: Opt for more flexible partnerships to fit specific issues and contexts, clarify that the U.S. does not intend to use military force to overthrow governments in the name of democracy, and correct policies that produce U.S. abuses of the rule of law and civil liberties at home and abroad.

Breaking the Suicide Pact: U.S.–China Cooperation on Climate Change

The U.S. and China can take practical, non treaty-based approaches to cutting their carbon dioxide emissions across economic sectors—with little financial impact. Steps include eliminating subsidies that discourage energy efficiency, providing tax breaks for efficient and low-carbon energy investment, and making climate cooperation integral to trade policy.

Nuclear Renaissance: Is It Coming? Should It?

Despite talk of a renaissance, nuclear power will account for a declining percentage of global electricity generation without aggressive financial support and significant policy changes. Before committing to a rapid expansion of nuclear energy, the next U.S. administration must address critical questions about the feasibility and safety of that expansion, and act to minimize proliferation risks.

Iran Says “No”—Now What?

A new IAEA report says that Iran continues to defy UN Security Council resolutions and enrich uranium while refusing to answer IAEA questions regarding possible weaponization activities. If the United States is to induce Iran to halt enrichment activities, both the costs of defiance and the benefits of cooperation must be greater, warns George Perkovich in a new policy brief.

Asia—Shaping the Future

The next U.S. administration can develop a clear strategic vision for Asia befitting the region’s status as the new global “center of gravity” by: Deciding on clear U.S. strategic objectives in the region, appointing a high-level advocate for Asia, prioritizing the bewildering alphabet of organizations and venues to achieve those objectives, and avoiding coalitions based on common values or democracy.