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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Why the Suddenly Aggressive Behavior by China?

In the Los Angeles Times, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt discusses why Beijing is shedding its low profile — and causing regional waves:

"Perceived U.S. weakness cannot be the whole story, even if it's an important part. What are also at play are Chinese ambitions. China's leaders want their nation to be a great power; they want China, as in its imperial past, to have a predominant say in the region."

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Obama Should Ignore Calls to Get More Deeply Involved in Iraq

This week in The Daily Caller, AHS speaker Christopher Preble discusses deeper U.S. involvement in Iraq:

"Although some in Washington harbored fantasies about nation building in Iraq, Americans never intended to solve that country’s problems, in part because they understood that we lacked the ability to do so. That remains the case today. The Iraqi government has a fight on its hands, and it is a fight that it must win on its own terms."

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The Role of the National Security Advisor and the 2006 Iraq Strategy Review

What is the role of a National Security Advisor? Some argue that when national security advisors press for specific policy outcomes, their ability to improve the decision-making process is compromised. But AHS speaker and advisor Colin Dueck argues in Orbis that in the case of the 2006 Iraq Strategy Review, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley was able to act as an honest broker and a policy entrepreneur at the same time, connecting existing problems to alternative policy ideas. The national security advisor must be first and foremost an effective presidential agent, if he or she is to play any constructive role.

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The Loss of Momentum

Yesterday in Commentary Magazine, AHS advisor Max Boot cautioned that the United States is no longer serious about containing Iran:

"In politics, war, sports, and other realms momentum counts for a lot. If you maintain the momentum, you can give the appearance that your victory is inevitable. This disheartens your adversaries, emboldens your side, and leads waverers to root for your cause. The West has just lost momentum in the battle to keep Iran from going nuclear."

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Still Time to Attack Iran

In Foreign Affairs, AHS speaker Matthew Kroenig advises that diplomacy is not the answer to nuclear Iran:

"The United States may still have to choose between bombing Iran and allowing it to acquire a nuclear bomb. That would be an awful dilemma. But a limited bombing campaign on Iran’s nuclear facilities would certainly be preferable to any attempt to contain a nuclear-armed Iran."

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Happy Birthday, Alexander Hamilton!

Alexander Hamilton

Happy Birthday to Alexander Hamilton from the Alexander Hamilton Society!

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