In Turkey, Will Corruption Kill?

In Commentary MagazineAHS speaker Michael Rubin discusses why Turkey has never been a particularly clean country when it comes to economic transparency and rule of law:

"In Turkey, corruption occurs with impunity. That may be tragic for Turkey itself, the Turkish middle class, and foreign investors unwilling to pony up cash; but embezzlement, bribes, and kickbacks don’t necessarily take lives."



Congress Should See Obama's Defense Budget and Raise It

In The Hill, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen discusses why the new Republican majority has an important opportunity to prove it is serious about national security:

"Obama's submission of a higher-than-allowed defense budget will then shift the burden to a Republican Congress to find the appropriate offsets to pay this bigger bill."



Satire: The Islamist Kryptonite

On the AEI website, AHS speaker Michael Rubin discusses why satire strikes deep at the totalitarianism at the core of Islamism:

"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." 



Oil Prices, Midterms Hand U.S. Negotiators New Opportunity in Iran Talks

In Breaking Energy, AHS speaker Michael Singh analyzes the foremost question for U.S. policymakers: How to translate the pressure on Iran into a worthwhile deal.

"The clearest path to this outcome for the White House is not only to stop improving its offers to Iran, but to toughen its negotiating position and agree to impose new sanctions by a date certain in exchange for Congress agreeing to the extension of talks and working with the White House on a smart sanctions relief offer." 


We Must Fight Back Against North Korea

In the Daily Signal, AHS speaker James Jay Carafano warns us that we are not safe in our own cyber homes:

"Both Sony and Snowden offer lessons on the importance of ordered liberty and the need for a free society to balance security needs with the protection of individual liberty." 



Toward a Reform-Conservative Foreign Policy

In National Review, AHS speaker Colin Dueck proposes that American national-security policy can and should be based on the premise that U.S. military power does more good than harm in the world:

"A reform conservatism on national security would therefore look to correct some of the most common foreign-policy errors of the post–Cold War era, while bolstering America’s underlying strengths overseas. It would preserve uncontested U.S. military supremacy. It would make clear distinctions between allies and adversaries, while supporting the former and resisting the latter."



The Pentagon's To-Do List

In U.S. News & World Report, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen discusses why secretary of defense nominee Carter will face a mounting list of challenges with only a narrow window to act:

"There is a lack of understanding by policymakers about how bad the drawdown is hurting capacity and readiness and how much is required to reverse course. It goes beyond simply halting sequestration to restoring defense budget growth that is slightly above inflation to keep the Defense Department afloat."