Dave Petraeus, National Hero

In Politico Magazine, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon explains why Petraeus's openness was his downfall, but that fact should not erase the legacy of one of America’s greatest generals:

"In understanding the travails of Petraeus today, and sizing up what his career has meant to the country, we should think first and foremost about his excellence across many domains of military and strategic endeavor. To my mind, what he did in Iraq was probably the greatest complex accomplishment by any American general since Washington in the Revolutionary War." 



Congress Should Listen to Netanyahu’s Warnings on the Obama Iran Deal

In the Daily Signal, AHS speaker James Jay Carafano explains why President Obama can’t even match Jimmy Carter’s level of competency:

"In the end, it was appropriate for the issue to be brought before Congress. There are only two powers capable of preventing Obama sealing a deal with Iran and cementing his legacy as a far-worse foreign policy president than Jimmy Carter."



Netanyahu’s Three Objections to a U.S. Deal With Iran

In the Wall Street Journal, AHS speaker Michael Singh discusses why the Obama administration’s case for nuclear negotiations with Iran includes a set of propositions that, taken together, are contradictory:

"Mr. Netanyahu’s suggestion that final sanctions relief be linked to terrorism and other issues addresses a key but little-acknowledged problem inherent in the narrow U.S. focus on the nuclear issue: how to deter Iranian malfeasance in an environment in which sanctions that have been linked to Iran’s nuclear program as well as to other concerns are being eased." 



Does Obama Really Think a Bad Deal With Iran Is Worse Than No Deal?

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Peter Feaver explains why the administration's negotiations have shaken the confidence of even the ardent Obama supporters:

"The administration has repeatedly signaled that it is willing to accept virtually any deal, including deals that it might have denounced even a few years ago. This is the painful truth that administration insiders will concede in private but rarely state so candidly in public: the best deal President Obama thinks he can get today bears a striking resemblance to how experts would have described a “bad deal” a few years ago."



Putin’s Desire for Failure

china-doesnt-back-russias-invasion-of-crimea-and-thats-a-big-problem-for-putin.jpgIn the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel explains why Putin wants Ukraine to fail:

"Putin does not want a stable Ukraine because he fears—nay, he hates—the Western international order. In his warped, paranoid mind, he deems that order, in its EU and NATO incarnations, to have been the culprit of Russia’s decline over the past two decades, and to be a direct affront to his own rule."


Strategy in Asia: The Past, Present, and Future of Regional Security

In Foreign Affairs, Andrew J. Nathan reviews a new book on U.S. strategy in Asia, edited by AHS speakers Thomas Mahnken and Dan Blumenthal:

"The most interesting chapters in this collection reflect on how geography affects the war-fighting options of Asian states. The region includes the mountain ranges of South Asia, the deserts of Central Asia, and the rivers of Southeast Asia. But several contributors agree that the crucial strategic domain today is the series of seas stretching along the Chinese coast that are hemmed in by the so-called first island chain." 





Why We Need to Hear Netanyahu

150301_benjamin_netanyahu_ap_629.jpgIn Politico, AHS adviser Michael Doran and former Rep. Mike Rogers give five reasons why Netanyahu is right to deliver his speech to Congress tomorrow:

"If the president makes a deal with Iran without first subjecting its terms to a rigorous debate in Congress, he will be concluding an agreement that is entirely personal in nature. The legitimacy of such a deal would be hotly contested, rendering it inherently unstable, if not dangerous. By helping to force a more thorough examination of the matter, Netanyahu is therefore performing a service to us all."