Apply More Pressure on Iran: Opposing View

In USA Today, AHS speaker Matthew Kroenig discusses why the U.S. should bring more pressure to bear on Iran:

"An extension of the international negotiations with Iran may be better than the talks breaking down altogether, but an indefinite string of extensions does not make for a sound long-term strategy."

   

 

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A Republican Congress Is Good News for Asia

In the Wall Street Journal, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby discusses why the GOP will be a better partner on trade, security and human rights:

"The president- and foreign officials- could soon come to realize that the incoming Republican-led U.S. Congress is good news for Asia and America's position in the region."

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Is There a Crisis in Military Morale?

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Peter Feaver assesses a recent report from the Military Times on the "worsening morale crisis" in the military:

"The incoming secretary of defense will have a very full plate just dealing with the myriad foreign policy and force structure challenges arising out of the last couple years. But the latest Military Times survey suggests that he should squeeze one more topic onto his agenda: the morale of the rank and file."

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Highlights from the 2014 FPI Forum

AHS students from 10 schools were represented at the 2014 FPI Forum on December 3. This week, the Foreign Policy Initiative published the forum's highlights on their website, featuring quotes from FPI speaker and AHS adviser Eric Edelman on fixing the defense budget:

"The problem here is that both the executive and legislative branches have taken the defense budget hostage with slightly different theories of the case. Both propositions over the last three years have been definitively exposed as wrong, but when two sides are at an impasse and have taken the same hostage, it doesn't usually work out well for the hostage."

The problem here is that both the executive and legislative branches have taken the defense budget hostage with slightly different theories of the case.  The executive branch case was, if we hold the defense budget hostage, we will get Republicans to agree to raise taxes.  And then the legislative branch theory was if we hold the defense budget hostage, we can get the President to reduce discretionary domestic spending.  Both propositions over the last three years have been definitively exposed as wrong, but when two sides are at an impasse and have taken the same hostage, it doesn't usually work out well for the hostage. Ambassador Eric Edelman - See more at: http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/content/defense-highlights-2014-fpi-forum#sthash.eft4uVnj.dpuf

 

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The Geopolitical Nihilist

In the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel explains why Putin's Russia may be able to wreck the geopolitical status quo, but it doesn’t have the power to replace it:

"Putin is thus feared to be a shrewd competitor willing to use all forms of Russian power—from nuclear innuendo to a superiority in conventional forces to relentless information warfare—in order to build methodically a new regional order. In other words, he may be a geopolitical master. But there is another possibility."

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My Guantanamo Experience

In Public Discourse, AHS speaker Jennifer Bryson explains why America's rejection of torture would reinforce our commitment to America’s founding values and support excellence in intelligence collection for the defense of our nation:

"All too often, inexperienced pundits have presented us with a stark choice between security and humane treatment of detainees. This is a false set of options. The real contrast is between torture, on the one hand, and security through interrogation consistent with respect for the humanity of the detainee, on the other."

 

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Iran’s Not-So-Hidden Hidden Agenda

In the Dallas Morning News, AHS speaker Michael Rubin analyzes Hassan Rouhani's efforts to remake the Islamic Republic’s image on the world stage:

"While the United States and Europe may lament the failure to reach a final agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, for Iranian officials, all is going according to plan."

  

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