On February 9, the Alexander Hamilton Society, University of Dallas Chapter hosted an event titled “The Rise of China and its Impact on U.S. Hegemony," drawing 100 students and university press coverage:
“If Blumenthal was correct in arguing that we tend to overestimate China’s true abilities, we need to reevaluate our stances on many contemporary issues,” said Will Chavey, AHS Chapter Vice President. “We frequently start debates regarding China with the assumption that China is a global power; perhaps we need to begin at a bit more elementary of a level.”
In the Los Angeles Times, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses why it's time to reassess the long-standing American anathema to military involvement in Africa's terrible wars:
"Rather than view that as an excuse not to be involved, the United States should seize the opportunity to contribute to a greater international effort to help turn Africa gradually from a zone of conflict to a zone of hope. Doing so will be good for America's own security and economic interests, as well as humanitarian ones."
In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Peter Feaver discusses the quality and reliability of the U.S. command-and-control system:
"The string of horrifying stories may just be coincidence, but they sure look like they point to a wetware problem. The senior nuclear commanders have assured the defense secretary that there is no systematic wetware problem. Proving that is the case will be the vital mission of Hagel's review panel."
"Just because two parties talk does not mean both are dealing honestly. If rogues engage insincerely, they can rearm and make resolutions more difficult."
"In Iraq, we ignored them until we discovered that they were our best allies. Now those in Syria are being neglected."
In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Peter Feaver presents a valentine for the National Security Council Staff:
"'What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet' -- or, more in Shadow Government's bailiwick, would a National Security Council (NSC) staff smell as good as a National Security Staff (NSS)? National Security Advisor Susan Rice thinks the NSC staff would be sweeter than the NSS, and I am inclined to agree with her."
"The United States must be realistic about what a democracy must do to demonstrate its ability to defend itself and must stop the flights of fancy that have led to a current de facto arms-sales freeze. This sort of policy would serve U.S. interests and may even be realistic."