The Next Front Line in the Islamic State Onslaught

In the Wall Street Journal, AHS speaker David Schenker discusses Lebanon's precarious situation as ISIS beheads citizens and holds police hostage:

"While American military equipment may help the Lebanese Armed Forces contain ISIS territorial gains, it will do little to stem the ideological inroads of ISIS among Sunnis. Even if the current hostage crisis is resolved, the threat to Lebanon’s stability from ISIS will continue as long as the Syrian war persists."


The Weak Attack The Strong

In the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel discusses why overconfident and dismissive Vladimir Putin believes that nothing can stand in his way:

"This gap between our expectations and reality is particularly relevant for Russia’s ongoing westward push. It is a weak state, but weak states are often not deterred by stronger ones, and attack even when in the end the odds are against them. Putin may do the unthinkable, after all."



How to Halt the Slide towards a Hollow U.S. Military

In the National Interest, AHS speaker James Jay Carafano predicts that the defense budget will get a cash Band-Aid in 2016:

"Keeping America's military from going “hollow” requires capability sufficient to maintain trained and ready forces, conduct current operations and prepare for the future."



China and Japan: Troubled Waters

On the Asia Society website, AHS co-founder Dan Blumenthal considers the issues surrounding the contested Senkaku/Diaoyu islands and the current state of China-U.S.-Japan relations. 




A Decision NATO Should Not Make in Wales

In the Wall Street Journal, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses President Obama’s plan to remove all U.S. combat units from Afghanistan by the end of his presidency:

"The danger in Afghanistan and Pakistan tomorrow is the same as the danger in Iraq today. Without a unilateral counterterrorism capability in Afghanistan, al Qaeda may regenerate in South Asia as quickly as it has regenerated in Iraq." 



Why the U.S. Might Need Boots on the Ground in Iraq

In the Washington Post, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon explains why the U.S. might need boots on the ground in Iraq:

"At present, an Iraqi national guard does not even exist, yet it will be a linchpin of the new strategy. To succeed, U.S. advisers will probably have to help these new national guard units, as well as reconstituted regular army units, far beyond calling in airstrikes." 



Obama Embraces Military Intervention in Iraq and Syria —Reluctantly

On the Brookings Institution website, AHS speaker Michael Doran discusses President Obama's campaign against the Islamic State:

"Obama has left us with the strong impression that he is dedicated to defeating IS, but the method that he has adopted – air strikes – will not do the job."