How to Interpet Khamenei’s Criticism of the Iran Nuclear Framework

In the Wall Street Journal, AHS speaker Michael Singh discusses Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's announcement of a broadside against the nuclear parameters:

"The administration should avoid falling into the trap of offering concessions in response to Ayatollah Khamenei and instead focus on using the coming months to strengthen the nuclear framework while also seeking to underscore our alternatives to a deal. The latter can be accomplished by warning of further sanctions and taking tougher actions to counter Iran’s regional activities."



U.S. Let ISIS Gain Foothold in Iraq

In the Army Times, Mary Cirincione covers a recent lecture at our American University chapter with AHS speaker and OSU faculty adviser Peter Mansoor:

"We had al-Qaida down on the 10-count, and we let it off the mat," Mansoor said.

After his deployment as XO to Petraeus, Mansoor retired in 2008 and went on to publish two memoirs detailing his experiences during the surge. He's now an associate professor at Ohio State University, where he teaches military history. Speaking at a discussion Wednesday at American University in Washington, D.C., Mansoor assessed the Obama administration's approach to Iraq and criticized several key areas.

Citing a general "unraveling of the security situation around the world," Mansoor stressed the need to "know who your enemy is."



A Nuclear Turning Point

In the Weekly Standard, AHS speaker Matthew Kroenig discusses why the longstanding bipartisan nonproliferation standard is dead:

"Perhaps more important, the Iran deal sets a dangerous precedent. The United States is making this exception to its nonproliferation policy not for just any country, but for Iran, a longstanding U.S. enemy, a leading state-sponsor of terrorism, a country that has violated its nonproliferation commitments in the past, and a country that at present stonewalls the International Atomic Energy Agency’s questions about the military dimensions of its nuclear program." 



The Problem with Hybrid Warfare

In War on the Rocks, AHS speaker Nadia Schadlow explains why Europe is now a petri dish for hybrid war:

"The hybrid warfare concept gives many in the West the luxury of picking and choosing from a range of actions – a media campaign here, a cyber-intrusion there (and even the occasional political assassination) – and interpreting them as one-off isolated events. There is no need to connect the dots."



How America’s Next President Can Lead on Foreign Policy

In the Daily Signal, AHS speaker James Jay Carafano discusses why talent matters in American foreign policy:

Managing complicated foreign-policy conundrums requires talented people with insight and wisdom. They need to be skilled decision makers and effective leaders. Such people can be found in government. Unfortunately, government rarely empowers the right people at the right time."



Managing Mayhem: How America's Next President Can Succeed

In the National Interest, AHS speaker James Jay Carafano explains why a strong leader needs to have a very particular set of skills to succeed:

"There should be no surprise when a mediocre national-security squad suffers a string of foreign-policy setbacks. Top-rank talent may not guarantee any administration an unbroken winning streak in foreign policy, but it sure improves the odds."



What Does Current Morass Say About Middle East Studies?

In Commentary, AHS speaker Michael Rubin explains why President Obama is an outlier in the history of U.S. foreign policy:

"The Middle East is in chaos. And while the sectarian and ideological forces which tear the region apart would exist regardless of U.S. policy, decisions made by President Barack Obama and his team of advisors have effectively thrown fuel on the fire."