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."


How Much Army is Enough?

In USA Today, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses why going beyond the Pentagon's plan to scale back to 450,000 soldiers is not wise:

"Most Americans, chastened and fatigued by the Iraq and Afghanistan experiences, might happily go along with this new way of thinking. But let's be careful not to push this logic too far."


Obama Chooses National Decline

In The National Interest, AHS speaker Mackubin Thomas Owens asserts that the Obama administration appears to be intentionally pursuing a policy of American decline: 

"Those who argue that the United States spends too much on defense ignore the fact that the cost of preventing war is far less than the cost of fighting one. Unfortunately, the weakness inherent in Obama’s 'grand strategy,' such as it is, is tailor-made to invite aggression and therefore is likely to result in war."


Choose Geopolitics Over Nonproliferation

In The National Interest, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby discusses American nonproliferation policy:

“There is a pressing question of how to address U.S. allies’ disquiet about the reliability and credibility of our extended deterrent. But it is wrong to argue that we should terminate our alliances with Japan or South Korea if they pursue nuclear weapons. Geopolitics should trump nonproliferation.”


“I Don’t Bluff”

In Mosaic, AHS speaker Michael Doran writes on Obama's promise to prevent a nuclear Iran:

"The president doesn’t trust those who have traditionally managed the conflict with Iran, doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the struggle to be his. He wants out."


St. Lawrence University Event Makes News




Last Thursday, the Alexander Hamilton Society St. Lawrence University Chapter hosted a debate on the Sochi Olympics that was featured on three different news sites.

The February 20th debate, which drew nearly 80 students, was featured on the websites of both St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University, as well as in the local newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times.

The Sochi Olympics debate featured AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel (Johns Hopkins, SAIS) and two local speakers, St. Lawrence University professor Howard Eissenstat and Clarkson University professor Gasper Sekelj.


Is Talking the Shortest Path to War?

In AEI's The American, AHS speaker Michael Rubin discusses why diplomacy misapplied can be the shortest path to war:

"Diplomats may see negotiation as a means to resolve conflict, but rogues do not share that view. After decades of watching how Washington operates, ayatollahs, commissars, and fedayeen all understand that once diplomats begin engaging, they seldom stop. When diplomats become invested in high-profile engagement, they refuse to admit failure. Too often, a rogue’s pledge to act substitutes for results."