“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."


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."



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." 



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."


North Korea's Hamas Connection: "Below" the Surface?

In the National Interest, founder of the AHS Georgetown chapter Gabriel Scheinmann suggests that North Korea assisted Hamas directly in constructing its tunnels:

"North Korea’s nefarious activities are organized along multiple lines of assistance: missile technology, tunnel expertise and nuclear proliferation." 



Our Unrealist President

In National Review Online, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby explains why Obama’s foreign policy has been quite far from what you’d expect of a realist:

"The truth is that Obama is no realist. The president might approve of restraint in international affairs; he might be skeptical of grand projects, ambivalent about the promotion of democracy and human rights, and even inclined toward retrenchment. But that doesn’t make him a realist."




The Existential Roots of the Gaza War

In the National Interest, AHS speaker and Georgetown professor Robert Lieber explains why the conflict in Gaza is existential:

"At root, the conflict is not about borders, blockades or “occupation.” It is existential."