The Seven Impossible Demands Policymakers Place on Intelligence

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker, advisory board member, and UT faculty sponsor Will Inboden considers the intelligence community's internal failures in the Snowden fiasco:

“While policymakers have many justifiable frustrations with the intelligence community . . . . policymakers are also prone to placing contradictory, sometimes impossible demands on the IC.”

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It's Long Been Clear That Russia Doesn't Belong

In The New York Times, AHS speaker William Inboden discusses Russia's tenuous claim on being a credible G-8 member:

"In the 13 years of Vladimir Putin's rule, Russia has ceased to be an 'industrialized democracy' in any legitimate sense of the term and instead has become a kleptocratic autocracy."

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If He Believes It, It Must Be So

In The Weekly StandardAHS advisor Elliott Abrams comments on President Obama's "scary interview":

"Obama isn’t good off the cuff, especially when challenged; he is far better with a prepared speech. And what emerged is an awful portrait of the president and his conception of the world."

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Stand Up or Sit Down

In The American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel discusses Putin's perspective of the West, and why the West needs to prove him wrong:

"Whether Russia’s assessment of the West is correct or precise is irrelevant. Perception is reality and Russia’s perspective drives its march westward. Regardless of the specific Western response ranging from sanctions to repositioning of military assets, it is in everybody’s interest to alter Russia’s assessment of our weakness, decadence, and division."

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How the West is Losing Ukraine

In The Lost Angeles Times, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt explains why Washington and Moscow were never truly on the same page:

"There will be no peace for Ukraine until and unless Putin sees the cost for his behavior as being greater than the rewards, and there will be no permanent stability in Eastern Europe absent NATO expansion."

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The U.S. Makes Crises in Ukraine and Syria Worse by Not Planning for Them

In The Washington Post, AHS speaker Michael Singh discusses America's contingency planning failure:

"Few foreign policy failures have been so acute lately as the failure to think ahead and plan for contingencies. Many of the crises we are grappling with were foreseeable."

 

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Five Questions Left Hanging in Ukraine

In Foreign Policy's Shadow Government blog, AHS speaker Peter Feaver lists five questions that remain unasked about Ukraine:

"At almost every turn, the Obama administration has been wrong-footed by events in Ukraine. To catch up, the president and his advisors will have to think more strategically and candidly. And to do that, they will have to start asking and answering questions like these."

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