Christopher J. Griffin and Tzvi Kahn assess Congress' role in Iran policy following the extension of negotiations.

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Thomas C. Moore examines how Congress can shape a deal with Iran in a new FPI Analysis.

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Confirmed speakers for the 2014 FPI Forum include Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Bobby Jindal, and Ambassador Robert Ford

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Read the FPI Leadership Network's assessment of the future of the U.S.-Japanese alliance.

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Overnight Brief

November 26, 2014

Khamenei: West failed to bring Iran ‘to its knees’

ICYMI: FPI's Griffin, Kahn on Iran talks and Congress

Aznar (WSJ sub), McInnis on Iran policy

Hagel successor faces no easy task; Flournoy out of running

OwensBonicelliEaglenBoot on Hagel resignation

FBI charges two Minnesotans for supporting ISIS

Syrian (WSJ sub) warplanes pound Raqqa

Libyan PM: We’re at war

Hong Kong police clear activists from protest site

Pentagon: No arms for Ukraine’s military

Yoo: Senator Paul has ‘naïve understanding of war’


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Tzvi Kahn | November 17, 2014

How to explain America’s failure, after 20 years of efforts, to impose genuinely crippling sanctions on Iran? Start with the penchant of the executive branch—from Presidents Clinton to Obama—for excluding Congress from the process.

Last month, the New York Times reported that President Obama planned to bypass Congress on any final deal with Iran, directly violating a pledge by Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this year that the administration would “of course” consult with lawmakers about the future of sanctions.

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Hannah Thoburn | November 14, 2014

There’s nothing like an invasion to bring a country together. Ask any Ukrainian on any street and they’ll tell you the same thing, almost thankfully: Vladimir Putin has united Ukraine like never before. His actions in eastern Ukraine have proven a kind of catalyst that have forged a nation out of a group of people that once squabbled incessantly about politics, language rights, and tax dollars.

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Rachel Hoff | Caitlin Poling | November 14, 2014

Exit polls from last week’s midterm elections challenged the conventional “it’s the economy, stupid” wisdom, as the number of voters who said the economy was the most important issue fell to just four in 10. The dark horse issue of the 2014 election was foreign policy.


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