The Real Middle East Crisis Is Economic

In The New York Times, AHS speaker Michael Singh addresses President Obama's recent diagnosis of the economic crisis in Iraq:

"It would be naive to think that economic growth will solve all of the Middle East's thorny dilemmas; but it would be equally naive to believe that they can be solved without it."


A Line in the Sand on American Leadership

In US News & World Report, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen discusses why voters should run from any candidate who won't pledge to rebuild America's defense capabilities:

"As the midterm elections loom, voters should keep in mind not only the price of American power, but the costs of American disengagement."



Best Friends Don’t Have to Ask

In Politico Magazine, AHS speaker David Schenker explains why Israel's cracking into its U.S.-funded weapons stockpile goes unnoticed:

"Israel needed no such respite: It replenished its stocks in late July—prior to the ceasefire—by tapping into the $1 billion of pre-positioned U.S. war materiel known as the War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel, or WRSA-I."


How to Win in Iraq

In Foreign Affairs, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon explains why air strikes might not be enough in Iraq:

 "For a president who has been intent on ending two wars and getting American GIs home from both Iraq and Afghanistan, a military return to Iraq would be a bitter pill to swallow."




An Administration With Its Head Cut Off

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Kori Schake discusses why the White House is running around from crisis to crisis without a game plan:

"It's just not fun anymore to critique the Obama administration's foreign policy -- it's like picking on the Chicago Cubs. Except the Cubs aren't consistently bad and their mistakes haven't accrued lasting damage to our country."


Turkey’s Pariah President

In Commentary, AHS speaker Michael Rubin describes Prime Minister Erdoğan's shady path to the presidency:

"Erdoğan is now unwelcome in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority, something no previous Turkish statesman had ever achieved. So much for the role of respected mediator."



Airstrikes in Iraq don’t substitute for strategy

In AEI Ideas, AHS speaker and AEI scholar Michael Rubin discusses President Obama's recent airstrike announcement:

"Obama seems to compartmentalize Iraq and Syria as two different problems; but the nature of ISIS and, more broadly, the al Qaeda model from which it broke off, is that they act not as national insurgencies but as pan-national insurgencies."