We're Losing Our Military Edge Over China

In The National Interest, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby proposes how the United States can regain military edge over China:

"The fact that much of our eroding advantage has come through self-inflicted wounds means that we also have it in our power to rectify the situation."

 

 

 

 

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Obama's Disregard of Europe Haunts the Response to the Crimea Crisis

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker and Duke University faculty advisor Peter Feaver discusses President Obama's struggle with the crisis in Crimea:

"President Obama's ongoing struggles thus far to muster such a united front, despite a slow ratcheting up of sanctions, owes as much to Europe's own contradictory incentives as it does to Obama's weakness as a leader."

 

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Still Vacant: The Post of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

On the Council on Foreign Relations website, AHS advisor Ellliott Abrams addresses the vacancy in the post of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom:

"It is a bit mysterious why it seems impossible for the administration to demonstrate any interest in this post and to get it filled. Mysterious, and disgraceful."

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The Problem with Obama's Strategy

In Foreign Policy's "Shadow Government" blog, AHS speaker Peter Feaver questions whether Obama's strategy of "graduated escalation" will achieve the administration's objectives:

"Putin can inflict significant pain on us as well, making it less likely that we continue employing this strategy until it works. Coercive diplomacy is a contest in pain tolerance, with success going to the party that can withstand more pain for a longer period of time."

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It’s Not Just Ukraine

In Mosaic Magazine, AHS speaker Michael Doran considers Vladimir Putin's actions in Eastern Europe and what they tell us about his view on the Middle East:

"As a former KGB agent and judo black belt, Putin is undoubtedly adept at the deceptive move that turns an ordinary handshake into a crippling wristlock, instantly driving the adversary’s head to the ground."

   

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How Obama Could Beat Putin Playing Energy Geopolitics

In The Washington Times, AHS speaker Mackubin Thomas Owens argues that gas and oil are at the center of the struggle with Putin:

"The United States has had the opportunity to play “the great game” of energy geopolitics against Russia, but so far has not done so. The Obama administration could, if it desires, change the geopolitical balance of energy power in the world, curtailing the ability of the likes of Mr. Putin to cause mischief."

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Think Russia's Land Grab is Unique? Think Again.

In the Los Angeles Times, AHS speaker Eugene Kontorovich discusses why gobbling up territory is conveniently ignored:

"When conquest fails, it is because of resistance from the target state — as with Argentina's bid for the Falklands, or Libya's for parts of Chad, and Iraq's attack on Iran. But international tsk-tsking does not do the trick."

   

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