Does Obama Really Think a Bad Deal With Iran Is Worse Than No Deal?

In Foreign Policy, AHS speaker Peter Feaver explains why the administration's negotiations have shaken the confidence of even the ardent Obama supporters:

"The administration has repeatedly signaled that it is willing to accept virtually any deal, including deals that it might have denounced even a few years ago. This is the painful truth that administration insiders will concede in private but rarely state so candidly in public: the best deal President Obama thinks he can get today bears a striking resemblance to how experts would have described a “bad deal” a few years ago."



Putin’s Desire for Failure

china-doesnt-back-russias-invasion-of-crimea-and-thats-a-big-problem-for-putin.jpgIn the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel explains why Putin wants Ukraine to fail:

"Putin does not want a stable Ukraine because he fears—nay, he hates—the Western international order. In his warped, paranoid mind, he deems that order, in its EU and NATO incarnations, to have been the culprit of Russia’s decline over the past two decades, and to be a direct affront to his own rule."


Strategy in Asia: The Past, Present, and Future of Regional Security

In Foreign Affairs, Andrew J. Nathan reviews a new book on U.S. strategy in Asia, edited by AHS speakers Thomas Mahnken and Dan Blumenthal:

"The most interesting chapters in this collection reflect on how geography affects the war-fighting options of Asian states. The region includes the mountain ranges of South Asia, the deserts of Central Asia, and the rivers of Southeast Asia. But several contributors agree that the crucial strategic domain today is the series of seas stretching along the Chinese coast that are hemmed in by the so-called first island chain." 





Why We Need to Hear Netanyahu

150301_benjamin_netanyahu_ap_629.jpgIn Politico, AHS adviser Michael Doran and former Rep. Mike Rogers give five reasons why Netanyahu is right to deliver his speech to Congress tomorrow:

"If the president makes a deal with Iran without first subjecting its terms to a rigorous debate in Congress, he will be concluding an agreement that is entirely personal in nature. The legitimacy of such a deal would be hotly contested, rendering it inherently unstable, if not dangerous. By helping to force a more thorough examination of the matter, Netanyahu is therefore performing a service to us all."


A Nuclear Asia?

In Lawfare, AHS speaker Elbridge Colby assesses the risk of a rising nuclear China:

"For all the focus on maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas, there is an even greater peril in Asia that deserves attention: the rising salience of nuclear weapons." 



America On the Way Up

In the Washington Post, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses why the short-term economic trends in the United States are encouraging:

"More than any nation on Earth, and arguably more than any in history, the United States has the assets needed to confront its problems head-on." 



Breaking Trust

In the Weekly Standard, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt discusses the problems that plague the U.S. military:

"If there is any one measure of our elected leaders’ indifference to upholding the moral compact needed to sustain a volunteer military, it is the decline in combat readiness."