Putin May Have Just Lost One of His Best Friends

In the Daily Signal, AHS speaker James Jay Carafano explains why a recent Saturday Night Live sketch is a good barometer of Russian relations with Germany:

"If Putin has lost Merkel—and it looks like he has—then Moscow may be a lot less cheery this holiday season. It’ll be tougher sledding for Putin in the days ahead."



Long View on Iran

In Foreign Affairs, AHS speaker Peter Feaver discusses why the real work will start after the nuclear deal with Iran is signed:

"Much of the struggle to ensure the deal’s success will come after the ink is dry. A host of obstacles could undermine the future agreement’s sustainability, and even the most favorable deal reached by the end of the new extension period would represent the start of the real work rather than a victory."


The Diplomatic Insanity of Iran Talks

On CNN.com, AHS speaker Michael Rubin assesses the sanity of Iranian nuclear talks:

"Alas, fiction can trump reality for only so long: North Korean nuclear tests belie the progress it made against the backdrop of diplomacy."



A Preclusive Strategy to Defend the NATO Frontier

In the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel assesses why NATO would do well to rethink its defense-in-depth strategy in favor of a more forward-leaning posture:

"Using defense-in-depth in today's NATO creates two serious problems, one military and one political. This means that NATO's conventional military strength- far larger than Russia's- is unlikely to deter a Russian attack."


Five Lessons from Taiwan's Elections

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Daniel Blumenthal presents five reasons why the ruling Kuomintang party (KMT) suffered a "thumpin" in Taiwan's recent regional and municipal elections:

"The only long-term peaceful solution is a change in Beijing's attitudes about national greatness. Such greatness must be equated with the impressive accomplishments of the Chinese people rather than dead-end revanchist claims of calcifying Chinese Communist Party."



A U.S.-China War: A Battle between Networks

In the National Interest, AHS George Mason University chapter member Zachary Keck writes on AHS speaker Elbridge Colby's recent talk hosted by by the Alexander Hamilton Society’s GMU chapter:

"Strategically, Colby argued the U.S. must remain supreme in maritime Asia and retain the ability to project power in the region. This can be best achieved by building a robust defense posture immediately, instead of allowing U.S. capabilities to atrophy in the short-term and trying to play catch up later."



The Legacy of Chuck Hagel

In the National Interest, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen asks what history will say about the legacy of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel:

"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s departure is not good news for a military already struggling to absorb ever more budget cuts on top of ever rising demands and a Pentagon bureaucracy unsure about itself while about to have its fourth change in command in six years."