The Legacy of Chuck Hagel

In the National Interest, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen asks what history will say about the legacy of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s departure is not good news for a military already struggling to absorb ever more budget cuts on top of ever rising demands and a Pentagon bureaucracy unsure about itself while about to have its fourth change in command in six years."

   

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Smart Hawks

In National Review Online, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby discusses why we must, and how we can, get back ahead of our potential adversaries:

"U.S. military supremacy isn’t what it was ten, let alone twenty, years ago, particularly in Asia and Eastern Europe. Today, the United States faces a far more competitive battlefield should it have to square off against China or Russia, and a messier and less controlled one in the event of war with North Korea or even Iran."

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A President Riding Off Into the Sunset?

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."

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A Foreign Policy Election

In the Weekly Standard, former University of Texas chapter officer Rachel Hoff discusses why the dark horse issue of the 2014 election was 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."

   

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“Salami Slicing” and Deterrence

In the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel explains how deterrence can fail:

"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."

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Austria’s Troubling Quran Law

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."

 

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Politics is Killing the Pentagon

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."

   

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