Budgeting for Austere Defense

In the Strategic Studies Quarterly, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen analyzes the impact of the steep and irresponsible sequestration spending cuts:

"Policymakers must attempt to trace the impact of the BCA—not just sequestration—upon the military both now and into the future." 



The U.S. Needs a New Foreign Policy Agenda for 2016

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker William Inboden discusses why foreign policy might figure more prominently in the 2016 cycle than it has in recent elections:

"By any reasonable standard the world is a more dangerous place today than it was in 2008. Terrorists we had thought were vanquished are now back with a vengeance, not only reversing the hard-fought gains we had made in Iraq but once again potentially threating the American homeland."



Limited War Is Back

In The National Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel explains why NATO's current strategic framework might fail to deter further gains by Russia's green men:

"If European states are to respond to Russia’s reintroduction of limited war by embracing the concept of local defense individually, they will need strong encouragement from the United States."


Step Away, Do Nothing, Pat Self on Back

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Kori Schake discusses whether the Obama administration has found its grand strategy after all:

"If there actually is an Obama Doctrine -- and it's a debatable point, given the contradictions in the administration's policies -- it is this: Step back, criticize others who step forward, and laud our own moral superiority for doing nothing."


Destroy the ‘Islamic State’

In National Review Online, AHS adviser John Bolton assesses the recent military successes of the Islamic State:

"America’s basic objective is clear: We must seek to destroy the Islamic State. It is simply not enough to block the group’s threat to the Kurds or other vulnerable minorities in the region." 



Why Obama Should Get Congress to Back the Fight Against the Islamic State

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker and University of Texas-Austin faculty adviser William Inboden addresses the Obama administration's accelerating campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State:

"To their credit, the administration is now beginning to approach the IS threat with the gravity it deserves. Doing so will mean marshalling domestic and international support for the sustained campaign that will be needed to defeat IS, and requesting that Congress grant a new authorization to use military force is the most important first step in this direction."


Why Nuclear Deterrence Still Matters to NATO

On the Atlantic Council website, AHS speaker Matthew Kroenig argues that nuclear deterrence will remain a crucial part of NATO defense policy for the foreseeable future:

"Over the past two decades, nuclear weapons have been deemphasized in NATO planning, but this should not be interpreted to mean that the Alliance has abandoned the core principle that a nuclear attack will meet a nuclear response, or that NATO will not retain the necessary means to deliver such a response."