"To sanction two dozen individuals in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the diplomatic equivalent of double-secret probation in Animal House—a response that mostly just makes those imposing it feel good."
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."
In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Michael Rubin discusses why "sports diplomacy" and the Olympics don't actually advance peace:
"Amid the controversy over the Russian government's crackdown on gays and against the backdrop of threats by al-Qaida-affiliated groups, the Olympic Charter's promise to "place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity," seems increasingly tenuous."