In the Canada Free Press, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt discusses the recent meetings between Europe and the United States on the September NATO summit in Wales:
"An alliance with such a varied history in helping meet the West’s strategic needs is not something to be dismissed summarily. Yet the fact that NATO has survived the end of the Cold War and has been an important element in addressing Western security concerns, doesn’t mean that it will remain so."
In The Foundry, AHS speaker James Jay Carafano discusses Obama’s strategy for a post-Iraq and Afghanistan military:
"After battling Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, al-Qaida, the Taliban, forest fires, hurricanes and floods, America’s Army is now fighting itself."
"The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not ripe to be solved, nor will it benefit right now from yet another high-level diplomatic push. But that does not mean we should neglect it, and step back that much further from regional leadership."
In the Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse, AHS speaker Jennifer Bryson explains how complex rather than single causality is the norm, not the exception, for terrorism:
"Complex causality is what we need to grasp if we are to understand how the interaction of multiple factors can escalate individual and group actions to the point of international terrorism."
In Defense News, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen suggests that it’s time to try a new approach after 20 years of marginally effective QDRs:
"Now is the time to toss out the QDR and rethink the entire effort. The quick dismissal of the report may have appeared intemperate, but rejection was a long time coming."
"The self-immolation of a Syrian refugee in Lebanon last month is a harrowing reminder of the desperate circumstances of those who have fled the war. But the hardship extends beyond just Syrians."
"We shouldn’t become so invested in the process that we lose sight of national security. We shouldn’t be afraid to walk away from the table. Rogues aren’t simply adversaries, they are states that eschew the rules of diplomacy."
"To be sure, it often takes a while for the pressures to build to the boiling point when strategic stakes are high. But many American officials and the broader public are now skeptical about just how high the stakes remain in Afghanistan."
"This is a moment filled with possibility, one in which America might awake from the befuddlement of the post–Cold War era and the hangover of Iraq. Alas, President Obama seems more likely to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep."
AHS speaker and U.S. Naval War College Professor Mackubin Thomas Owens remembers how one former commandant of the Marine Corps embodied courage that is both intellectual and physical:
"Let us hope that 'changing times' have not eroded such virtues as honor, firm adherence to principle, and courage, both physical and intellectual — virtues that General Mundy possessed in spades."