"Since Tiananmen, then, U.S. human rights policy toward China has been uneven at best. But it is a mistake to neglect or grow complacent about the issue."
"The VA system still rejects ideas that could dramatically reduce the number of veterans on waiting lists to receive health care and veteran suicide rates that are at a modern-era high. Even as methods of care for PTSD and traumatic brain injury are rapidly improving."
"What I find offensive is that the president and his team are not treating this as a grubby and inglorious compromise–an attempt to reconcile our competing ideals of 'don’t deal with terrorists' and 'leave no man behind.'"
"Obama's foreign policy isn't just right, and it isn't deliciously warm either - it's lukewarm. It is also like porridge in another way: it's mushy."
"Even a comprehensive bargain might not solve the problem. The final settlement as currently envisioned would leave Iran only six months away from a nuclear breakout capability, severely tempting Tehran’s leaders to tear up the agreement (overtly or in secret) at a later date."
On the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website, AHS speaker Ashley Tellis discusses why Modi is well-placed to rebuild U.S.-India relations—but only if he and Washington can move beyond an old grudge:
"The prospect for a dramatic resuscitation of U.S.-Indian relations under a Modi government in India, therefore, looks less than promising, despite the fact that Modi is exactly the kind of assertive personality who could improve New Delhi’s outreach to Washington at will."
On the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website, AHS speaker Ashley Tellis discusses the 2014 national elections in India:
"The transformations that began with the economic reforms unleashed in the 1990s have given Indians a taste of what structural change can bring to their lives. The explosion of resentment against corruption only testifies to the popular desire for better distribution of the nation’s economic gains."