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 recent high-profile bombings in Afghanistan have reignited a debate about the state of the war."

"There isn’t a number system in the world in which three is greater than 73. And yet, in Syria, an alliance of three governments has run circles around an alliance of 73."

“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."