"The United States has had virtually no impact on the global rise of religious persecution. While American diplomats have helped in individual cases, we have had no comprehensive policy in place to help the millions who suffer because of their faith."
On the Brookings Institution website, AHS speaker Michael Doran reveals what he believes is the “great white whale” of President Obama’s Middle East strategy:
"Although he says that Obama’s initiatives in the region have failed, he explains what the president can do to put together a coalition of like-minded powers to act as a counterweight to the ISIS threat."
"Russia continues to baffle us. Her fragility is evident according to most metrics: a population in decline and in poor health, an economy unable to produce exportable goods and reliant on natural resources, and a political system propped by kleptocratic autocracy and propaganda."
"The so-called Islamic State is telling us what they fear. So we should bring it on. Wage art, wage music, wage literature until we can help bring art, music, and literature back to Mosul."
"There is only one problem, though. The Iraqi National Guard does not yet exist. Even if many able officers and soldiers are available to join it, it will take some time to determine the characteristics of the force and then create it, meaning that operations to retake the Sunni Arab heartland from ISIS would probably have to wait until 2015."
"Like Lucy in the Peanuts cartoon who always pulls the football away just as Charlie Brown attempts to kick it, so Chinese officials have once again pulled the prospect of true democratic reform out from under the citizens of Hong Kong."
In First Things, AHS speaker Tom Farr presents a testimony that was given before Sub-Committees of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, asserting that what we are facing in Iraq and Syria today has deeply troubling similarities to 9/11:
"The threat to Christians and other minorities in this region was not ultimately caused by U.S. military action or the struggle for democracy. The root cause is Islamist terrorism of the kind that hit us on 9/11."