Why China's Growing Defense Budget Matters

In Real Clear Defense, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby discusses why China's increase in military spending is disconcerting:

"This year’s announcement offers a crucial piece of evidence in figuring out which school has been more right about China’s intentions and aspirations. If the school more sanguine about China’s military buildup and strategic ambitions were right, we should have seen a decline in China’s military spending." 

   

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Ukraine Cannot Win Without Guns

On the Center for European Analysis website, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel assesses the argument against arming Ukraine:

"The competition is occurring in two different languages – Russia communicates in military terms, the West in economic – does not mean that there are equally effective. “Guns” can destroy “butter.” A militarily weak Ukraine on a path to political and economic reforms is an invitation for further and most likely larger Russian attacks."

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The Obama Administration's Strategic Black Hole

In the Providence Journal, AHS speaker Mackubin Thomas Owens discusses President Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy:

"President Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy is almost a parody of the worst previous NSS documents. Its catch phrase is “strategic patience,” presumably an attempt to replace “leading from behind.” Much of the document is given over to self-congratulation, touting the administration’s purported achievements. The rest is filler that does not fulfill the document’s promise to provide 'a vision and strategy for advancing the nation’s interests, universal values, and a rules-based international order through strong and sustainable American leadership.'"

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Dave Petraeus, National Hero

In Politico Magazine, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon explains why Petraeus's openness was his downfall, but that fact should not erase the legacy of one of America’s greatest generals:

"In understanding the travails of Petraeus today, and sizing up what his career has meant to the country, we should think first and foremost about his excellence across many domains of military and strategic endeavor. To my mind, what he did in Iraq was probably the greatest complex accomplishment by any American general since Washington in the Revolutionary War." 

   

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Congress Should Listen to Netanyahu’s Warnings on the Obama Iran Deal

In the Daily Signal, AHS speaker James Jay Carafano explains why President Obama can’t even match Jimmy Carter’s level of competency:

"In the end, it was appropriate for the issue to be brought before Congress. There are only two powers capable of preventing Obama sealing a deal with Iran and cementing his legacy as a far-worse foreign policy president than Jimmy Carter."

   

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Netanyahu’s Three Objections to a U.S. Deal With Iran

In the Wall Street Journal, AHS speaker Michael Singh discusses why the Obama administration’s case for nuclear negotiations with Iran includes a set of propositions that, taken together, are contradictory:

"Mr. Netanyahu’s suggestion that final sanctions relief be linked to terrorism and other issues addresses a key but little-acknowledged problem inherent in the narrow U.S. focus on the nuclear issue: how to deter Iranian malfeasance in an environment in which sanctions that have been linked to Iran’s nuclear program as well as to other concerns are being eased." 

   

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Does Obama Really Think a Bad Deal With Iran Is Worse Than No Deal?

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Peter Feaver explains why the administration's negotiations have shaken the confidence of even the ardent Obama supporters:

"The administration has repeatedly signaled that it is willing to accept virtually any deal, including deals that it might have denounced even a few years ago. This is the painful truth that administration insiders will concede in private but rarely state so candidly in public: the best deal President Obama thinks he can get today bears a striking resemblance to how experts would have described a “bad deal” a few years ago."

 

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