Media coverage of the S&ED, a U.S. embassy in Havana, and More.
July 3, 2015
People line up to withdraw cash from an automated teller machine (ATM) outside a National Bank branch in Iraklio on the island of Crete, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday announced a bank holiday and capital controls after Greeks responded to his surprise call for a referendum on bailout terms by pulling money out of banks.

The Greece factor: Can Europe learn from its mistakes?

Carlo Bastasin

While Greece’s financial situation continues to deteriorate, Carlo Bastasin writes that both Greece and its European partners need to learn from their mistakes in handling the crisis. Bottom line, Bastasin concludes, Europe cannot manage this 21st century crisis based on 19th century paradigms and diplomatic approaches.

Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna on April 24, 2015, days before the announcement of a political framework for a final deal.

A rare bipartisan consensus on the Iran nuclear negotiations

Robert Einhorn

Earlier this week, a diverse, bi-partisan group of former U.S. officials and Iran experts issued a statement urging completion of the Iran nuclear negotiations. Robert Einhorn explains why he signed the statement and details its recommendations, which, he argues, serve U.S. interests as well as those of American allies and partners across the Middle East.


Chinese and American media tell two tales about last week’s high-level dialogue

David Dollar and Wei Wang

Chinese and American media coverage of last week’s U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue raises the question—were they covering the same event? While major Chinese media outlets hailed the S&ED as a success, the majority of U.S. reports were consistently pessimistic in tone. David Dollar and Wei Wang delve into the reasons behind the divergent reporting.



Re-opening embassies in Havana and Washington is a critical step toward normalizing relations and will pave the way toward greater engagement that is in both countries' interest. Our differences—on issues like human rights, property claims and law enforcement—can now be tackled more effectively.”

July 1, 2015 | Ted Piccone



After 50 years, the U.S. and Cuba will finally have embassies to call home. Richard Feinberg writes that the hard work now begins as the two nations gradually dismantle the comprehensive wall of restrictions separating the countries for two generations.


The terrorist attack in Lyon sent the French political establishment into a frenzy. Jonathan Laurence stresses the importance of helping Muslim communities defend themselves against the Islamic State's ideology.

Why would Turkey invade Syria? Jeremy Shapiro and Ömer Taşpınar examine the nuances of Turkey's role in the Syrian civil war, while Sinan Ekim and Kemal Kirişci doubt Turkey's intervention into the conflict will actually happen.


India and Middle Eastern states have long enjoyed strategic and mutually beneficial relationships. Sultan Barakat and Kadira Pethiyagoda write that recent political changes impact the strategic importance of the Middle East to India and vice versa.

Should the U.S. put boots on the ground to fight ISIS? Jeremy Shapiro, Michael O'Hanlon, and Senator Chris Murphy provide their views on this much debated question.


The meaning of Russia's nuclear threats

July 8, 2015, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

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