International Religious Freedom Policy and American National Security

In Public Discourse, AHS speaker Tom Farr discusses the Obama administration has failed to advance the cause of international religious liberty:

"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."

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On ISIS, Syria, Iran, and President Obama’s Middle East Strategy

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."

   

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The Russian Autocrat’s Eternal Return

In the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel analyzes why Russia remains a font of imperialism and war:

"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."

 

 

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“ISIS” Bans Art and Literature, We Should Promote These

In Arc of the Universe, AHS speaker Jennifer Bryson discusses the banning of art, music, and literature by the Islamic State:

"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."

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Beyond Air Strikes

In Foreign Affairs, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses the Obama Administration's plans for an Iraqi National Guard:

"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."

   

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Beijing Plays Lucy with Hong Kong’s Democratic Hopes

In AEI Ideas, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt explains how Hong Kong continues to have the ball pulled out from under them:

"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." 

   

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We Must Fight ISIS With More Than Missiles

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."

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