Center for Strategic & International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a prominent American think tank based in Washington, D.C., in the United States. The center conducts policy studies and strategic analyses of political, economic and security issues throughout the world, with a specific focus on issues concerning international relations, trade, technology, finance, energy and geostrategy.

“The U.S. should not stay in Afghanistan without considering risks and liabilities, or out of sheer strategic momentum.”

"The U.S. should learn from the more than a decade and a half of fighting is not to declare 'mission accomplished' on the basis of even the greatest tactical victory."

“The Department of Defense has issued an unusually detailed DoD budget request for Iraq and Syria.”

"To understand the risks and downsides of such a move, we can look to the experience of the merger of the USIA into the State Department in 1999."

“This struggle, or "war," will be won or lost at a global level. It is a fight for the hearts and minds of some 1.6 billion Muslims throughout the world—some 23% of the world...

"There are times when quick action can do more harm than good. The way in which the United States deals with violent Islamic extremism and terrorism is a case in point."