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.
In the Winter 2014 issue of the Foreign Policy Research Institute's journal Orbis, founder of the AHS Georgetown Chapter Gabriel M. Scheinmann warns us why allies are incapable of replacing American military leadership:
"Even if Europe somehow solved its capabilities deficit and overcame its fundamentals problem, European states lack the political will necessary to pool their resources and integrate their forces to act collectively and independently from the United States."
In a corrupt polity, speech is at the service of power, and is replaced by flattery, the use of words to obtain something from the other. Words are thus tools of power, not of dialogue and conversation, as they assume the meaning most useful at the moment and to the nature of the transaction at hand. They are no longer directed toward truth, but toward a preferred outcome."