"Free speech can be a powerful tool, and so Western liberals should rally around Charlie Hebdo. Let us hope that no government or publisher responds to today’s violence with self-censorship. If they do, the Islamists have won and all man’s progress since the Enlightenment is at peril."
"Obama seems to compartmentalize Iraq and Syria as two different problems; but the nature of ISIS and, more broadly, the al Qaeda model from which it broke off, is that they act not as national insurgencies but as pan-national insurgencies."
AHS speaker and AEI resident scholar Michael Rubin has co-authored a booklet highlighting the diversity of Shi’ite communities in the Middle East and efforts by each to resist Iranian political and religious domination:
"As sectarian violence rages in Iraq and Syria and simmers across the broader region, the role of the Middle East’s diverse Shi’ite communities has become increasingly important for regional stability."
"This is a moment filled with possibility, one in which America might awake from the befuddlement of the post–Cold War era and the hangover of Iraq. Alas, President Obama seems more likely to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep."
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."