"Whether Russia’s assessment of the West is correct or precise is irrelevant. Perception is reality and Russia’s perspective drives its march westward. Regardless of the specific Western response ranging from sanctions to repositioning of military assets, it is in everybody’s interest to alter Russia’s assessment of our weakness, decadence, and division."
"There will be no peace for Ukraine until and unless Putin sees the cost for his behavior as being greater than the rewards, and there will be no permanent stability in Eastern Europe absent NATO expansion."
"Few foreign policy failures have been so acute lately as the failure to think ahead and plan for contingencies. Many of the crises we are grappling with were foreseeable."
"At almost every turn, the Obama administration has been wrong-footed by events in Ukraine. To catch up, the president and his advisors will have to think more strategically and candidly. And to do that, they will have to start asking and answering questions like these."
"Most Americans, chastened and fatigued by the Iraq and Afghanistan experiences, might happily go along with this new way of thinking. But let's be careful not to push this logic too far."
"Those who argue that the United States spends too much on defense ignore the fact that the cost of preventing war is far less than the cost of fighting one. Unfortunately, the weakness inherent in Obama’s 'grand strategy,' such as it is, is tailor-made to invite aggression and therefore is likely to result in war."
“There is a pressing question of how to address U.S. allies’ disquiet about the reliability and credibility of our extended deterrent. But it is wrong to argue that we should terminate our alliances with Japan or South Korea if they pursue nuclear weapons. Geopolitics should trump nonproliferation.”
In Mosaic, AHS speaker Michael Doran writes on Obama's promise to prevent a nuclear Iran:
"The president doesn’t trust those who have traditionally managed the conflict with Iran, doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the struggle to be his. He wants out."
Last Thursday, the Alexander Hamilton Society St. Lawrence University Chapter hosted a debate on the Sochi Olympics that was featured on three different news sites.
The February 20th debate, which drew nearly 80 students, was featured on the websites of both St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University, as well as in the local newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times.
The Sochi Olympics debate featured AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel (Johns Hopkins, SAIS) and two local speakers, St. Lawrence University professor Howard Eissenstat and Clarkson University professor Gasper Sekelj.
In AEI's The American, AHS speaker Michael Rubin discusses why diplomacy misapplied can be the shortest path to war:
"Diplomats may see negotiation as a means to resolve conflict, but rogues do not share that view. After decades of watching how Washington operates, ayatollahs, commissars, and fedayeen all understand that once diplomats begin engaging, they seldom stop. When diplomats become invested in high-profile engagement, they refuse to admit failure. Too often, a rogue’s pledge to act substitutes for results."