Keeping America's Military Lead: A Front Opens in Congress

On the Center for a New American Security website, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby discusses Senator Marco Rubio's recent speech to the John Hay Initiative on redoubling our national focus on defense innovation and modernization:

"Rubio’s focus on redoubling our national focus on defense innovation and modernization is encouraging. That the nationally prominent Senator from Florida did pay so much heed to addressing this problem makes this speech worth special attention." 



The U.S. Needs a New Foreign Policy Agenda for 2016 (Part Two)

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker William Inboden discusses how U.S. policies have contributed to new and potentially dangerous shifts in America's strategic posture:

"It is no accident that world disorder is on the rise at the same time that American power and influence are on the wane.  The inconstancy (sometimes verging on incoherence) of U.S. policies  -- and the widely held perception that America is walking away from its responsibilities -- have contributed to instability in the Middle East."


Terrorists and the Mantle of Human Rights

In Commentary magazine, AHS speaker Michael Rubin analyzes the strange bedfellows that some progressive organizations make with radical terrorist groups:

"Until human rights groups stop interpreting human rights through a subjective political lens, and until they cease allowing themselves to be used knowingly or through their own naivety by hardcore Islamist groups, they will both advance an agenda anathema to freedom, liberty, and individual and they will also make a mockery of their declared and important mission to promote human rights." 



The United Nations at 70: How to fix a broken organization

On the Fox News website, AHS adviser John R. Bolton discusses why the UN system today is a huge operation which defies orderly analysis:

"The fuzzy notion of continuing World War II’s winning coalition (itself called “the United Nations”) to prevent future wars disappeared long ago. The UN now has an extensive real-world record to evaluate, rather than merely its founders’ aspirations. Some drastic changes are clearly in order."



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."


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."



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."