How to Safeguard Afghan Progress

In The Wall Street Journal, AHS advisor Max Boot explains why a follow-on force of no fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops is essential:

"It would be extremely foolish to risk allowing Afghanistan to return to its chaotic pre-9/11 state over a mere matter of 5,000 troops. If Mr. Obama wants a foreign-policy victory in his second term, he will need to puncture this misbegotten trial balloon."

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When Fasces Aren’t Fascist

In City Journal AHS speaker Eugene Kontorovich explains the strange history of America’s federal buildings:

"More than 60 years ago, George Orwell observed that the word 'fascism' had been so widely used as a political epithet that it had lost all meaning. With the word so freely and easily tossed about, it’s a wonder that no one has thought to apply it, if only for provocation’s sake, to structures that bear actual fascist symbols—those of the United States government, no less."

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The Bachelorette: Grand Strategy Edition

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker and Duke University faculty adviser Peter Feaver discusses the student group project in his "American Grand Strategy Through Film" class:

"[The students] opted for a spoof, The Bachelorette: Grand Strategy Edition, in which "Lady Liberty" goes on dates with three suitors -- "Max" (Maximum Restraint), "Asia" (Pivot to Asia), and "Pax" (Pax Americana) -- in the hopes of finding the perfect mate."

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Beijing Rising

In The Weekly Standard, AHS speaker and co-founder Dan Blumenthal discusses the Chinese challenge to American supremacy:

"Great power competition and the machinations of revisionist states have returned to international politics with a surprising ferocity. Now, even as Western elites have consigned geopolitical competition to the dustbin of history, big-power rivalry is back."

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The Essential Films on American Grand Strategy

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker and Duke University chapter faculty adviser Peter Feaver discusses his new class, "American Grand Strategy Through Film":

"Popular films are more likely to capture the public imagination and thereby reflect and possibly influence public opinion and policymakers. Popular films depict a certain understanding of America's global role, usually in a time-bound way -- so a movie from early in the Vietnam war would be quite different from a movie about Vietnam made much later."

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The Good and Bad of Ahrar al-Sham

In Foreign AffairsAHS speaker Michael Doran discusses Ahrar al-Sham, an al Qaeda–Linked group worth befriending:

"The al Qaeda of yesterday is gone. What is left is a collection of many different splinter organizations, some of which have their own -- and profoundly local -- agendas."

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Stop Asking the Military to Do More With Less

In U.S. News & World Report, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen discusses the shrinking U.S. defense spending:

"This growing gap between what the nation demands of the military and what its capacity, capability and readiness will allow, thanks to reduced budgets, will eventually lead to unacceptable outcomes and consequences, many of which will be borne uniquely by those in uniform and their families."

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