Books & Reports

  • Report: Rethinking U.S. Strategy in the Middle East

    President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies have come under increasingly sharp criticism since the emergence of ISIL as a threat to Iraq during the summer of 2014. Some of this criticism has come from predictable quarters: neoconservatives and liberal interventionists who have long been critical of the Obama administration’s relatively “soft touch” approach to the

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  • Report: Tackling Asia’s Greatest Challenges

    On June 18th, Center for the National Interest released a report edited and co-authored by Harry J. Kazianis, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy and Executive Editor of The National Interest, which focuses on cooperation between the United States, Japan, and Vietnam in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, Tackling Asia’s Greatest Challenges: A U.S.-Japan-Vietnam Trilateral Report, examines

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  • Report: Looking at a Silver Bullet or Seeking Greater Energy Security

    All human activity requires energy—and the more energy one has, the more one can do. As a result, energy has been a central element of national power throughout history. In the distant past, building Egypt’s pyramids, Rome’s vast network of roads, and China’s Great Wall required enormous biological energy—food to support populations that could supply

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  • Book: War With Iran: Political, Military, and Economic Consequences

    The Center for the National Interest is pleased to announce the publication of War With Iran: Political, Military and Economic Consequences by Geoffrey Kemp, Director for Regional Security Programs, and John Allen Gay, Assistant Editor for The National Interest magazine. The book provides a history of Iran’s relationship with the West and expert assessments of

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  • Report: Maritime Security East of Suez

    At the height of America’s postwar power, in the 1960s and 1970s, the U.S. Seventh Fleet was able to sustain an unchallenged presence “East of Suez” to embrace the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean, the Indonesian Straits, and the South and East China Seas as well as the Western Pacific. Today the U.S. remains the

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