In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Kori Schake gives us three reasons why President Obama isn't about to be a second-term foreign-policy free-ranger:
"Many presidents, stymied by Congresses and diminishingly relevant to the political debates late in their terms take refuge in the wide latitude the framers gave our country's chief executive in the conduct of foreign policy."
"When it comes down to it, the president makes U.S. foreign policy. Aside from some advice and consent from the Senate and budgets for aid and defense programs initiated in the House, America’s international affairs are in the hands of the executive branch."
"America’s rivals are aware of the dangers of provoking the world’s most powerful nation. But this doesn’t mean that they have reconciled themselves to the U.S.-led system in the 21st century; rather, they are challenging it subtly."
In Public Discourse, AHS speaker Jennifer Bryson analyzes Austria’s attempt to mandate a single German translation of the Quran:
"This proposal reflects gross ignorance about Islam, ignorance about the factors contributing to violent extremism, and obliviousness to the nature of modern media. Last but not least, it smells of cultural imperialism."
In The Hill, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen explains why Washington is in denial about two major realities:
"All too soon, America won’t be able to take on this range of challenges. Indeed, it’s not even clear that we still can today."
"The presidential visit comes at a perilous time for Sino-American relations. Washington has not adequately answered China’s continued aggression toward Japan and Southeast Asian nations."
"The make-up of the new Congress might make it easier for President Obama to tack toward a more responsible foreign and defense policy, but that’s not likely to happen."