War-Weariness As an Excuse

In The Weekly Standard, AHS advisor William Kristol discusses the level of war-weariness in America today:

"American war-weariness isn’t new. Using it as an excuse to avoid maintaining our defenses or shouldering our responsibilities isn’t new, either. But that doesn’t make it admirable."

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Why the Long Face?

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Kori Schake discusses how Secretary of State John Kerry could turn the ashes of Middle East peace into diplomacy that actually gets results

“The problem with leading from behind is that it necessitates others leading from the front ... and if others were willing and able to lead, they wouldn't need United States involvement.”

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Ukraine and Three Forgotten Realities

In the Foreign Policy Research Institute's E-Notes, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel explains how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an unwelcome reminder of time-tested realities:

"These realities, namely that history is written by men, that force must be met with force, and that wars are rarely local affairs, appear throughout history and are undoubtedly unpleasant because they do not lead to sunny optimism. It is not surprising therefore that we prefer to ignore them."

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How Syria's Civil War Threatens Lebanon's Fragile Peace

In the Los Angeles TimesAHS speaker David Schenker explores how Lebanon again appears to be hurtling toward instability:

"Less than a generation removed from the 15-year civil war that claimed nearly 200,000 lives, Lebanon again appears to be hurtling toward instability. If not for the Lebanese armed forces, many say, the state would have already devolved into chaos. It's not clear how much longer the army will be able to play this critical role."

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Would You Release a Convicted Spy to Secure Middle East Peace?

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker and Duke University faculty advisor Peter Feaver discusses the options for securing Middle East peace:

"I would, but I am not persuaded that is the question confronting the Obama administration. I think the real question it faces is: Would you release a convicted spy to get an extension on an arbitrary deadline on interim talks that show little prospect of succeeding, but show even less prospect if you don't release the spy?"

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In Afghanistan Election, Three Plausible Presidents

In the Lost Angeles TimesAHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses Afghanistan's upcoming presidential election:

"It is important that whoever wins work hard to create inclusiveness and stability in his government, and to take governance responsibilities seriously. There is much about this process that is hopeful. We should not rush to judgment."

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The National Security Generation Gap

 In The Wall Street Journal, AHS speaker, Harvard faculty sponsor, and National Advisory Board member Stephen Peter Rosen discusses why young Americans have become skeptical about the use of U.S. power abroad:

"With Russia's invasion of Crimea, Syria's civil war growing into a regional conflict, Chinese air and naval incursions in the East and South China Seas, and a nuclear North Korea menacing the world, many are asking: What will the U.S. fight for?"

 

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