Washington's Version of the Awards Ceremony

In Foreign Policy's Shadow Government blog, AHS speaker Kori Schake comments on President Obama's State of the Union address this week:

"It's like the Academy Awards without awards or celebrities or high style. It's like the Grammys without music or celebrities or outré style. It's like Sundance without screenings or deals or celebrities or coolness. The State of the Union is Washington's version of the president's awards ceremony. It's an endless acceptance speech."

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Shooting the Pentagon in the Foot

In U.S. News & World Report, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen discusses the defense budget cuts:

"While no one party shares all the culpability for this paralysis, all policymakers have a mutual responsibility to fix the growing crisis and become effective advocates for America's men and women in uniform."

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Privacy or Security: a False Choice

In The Weekly Standard, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt discusses the balance between privacy and security:

"Because we’ve lost sight of what our core civil liberties are, we tend to forget those periods in American history where getting the balance between safety and liberty was far more difficult and problematic than it is today. During previous wars, American presidents have suspended the writ of habeas corpus, ignored the authority of the courts, censored publications, compromised mail, and interned over a hundred thousand Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens in “war relocation camps.” We’re nowhere near that state today."

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Obama’s Losing Bet on Iran

On January 15 in The New York Times, AHS speaker Michael Doran and AHS advisor Max Boot warn that the Obama strategy is breathtakingly ambitious and is destined to fail:

"This shows what happens when the United States stands aloof and refuses to do more to counter Iranian power: America’s allies in the region take matters into their own hands. The result is the polarization of the entire region into pro- and anti-Iran blocs that feed a mushrooming cross-border civil war."

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Will Assad's Atrocities Change Obama's Course?

On Wednesday in Foreign Policy's Shadow Government blog, AHS speaker Peter Feaver predicts that the recent evidence of Assad's atrocities is not enough to change the Obama Administration's policies:

"President Barack Obama already knows that Assad has committed mass atrocities, but the president has decided not to act decisively regardless. The photographic evidence released this week makes it harder to believe that the administration can really deal with Assad, but the president is committed to that course, and it will probably take something more than horrifying evidence of Assad's atrocities to shift Obama off that course."

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Why Syria Peace Talks Will Fail

On Tuesday in USA Today, AHS speakers Michael Doran and Michael O'Hanlon explain how negotiations between Assad and the opposition are not based on reality:

“This week, elements of the Syrian opposition are scheduled to begin negotiations in Geneva with representatives of President Bashar Assad. Absent a miracle, the talks will fail. The goal of each side is the complete defeat of the other. But neither has the means to accomplish such objectives, or even understand this profound disconnect."

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Roiling the Waters

Yesterday in Foreign PolicyAHS speaker and Co-chair of the DC Professional Chapter Elbridge Colby explains why the United States needs to stop playing peacemaker and start making China feel uncomfortable:

"As a former Chinese ambassador told us in December, her country's position in the world is like that of 'a new student that jumped many grades.' Maybe so, but Beijing's behavior since 2009 is more akin to that of a brash adolescent both unaware and blithe to the potential consequences of adventurous behavior."

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