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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FPI Senior Policy Analyst Tzvi Kahn discusses the origins, development, and ongoing threat of ISIS.

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Overnight Brief

November 20, 2014

Extension of Iran talks would be a hard sell in Congress

US report: China’s nukes getting bigger and better

N. Korea threatens nuclear test, may be extracting plutonium

Kurt Campbell: Obama’s whirlwind Asia tour

Dempsey urges larger Defense budget, Odierno: US must rethink Army cuts

Colby and Sayers: How US can get back ahead of adversaries

CIA Director considering sweeping organizational changes

White House putting up fierce fight to conceal torture report

UN Ambassador warns against intervention fatigue


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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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