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Bruce Riedel on the Origins of the Islamic State

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A brief history of the Islamic State in the form of an animated video from my Brookings colleague Bruce Riedel. Bruce is the director of The Intelligence Project at Brookings, and he spent 30 years at the Central Intelligence Agency.

In This Arab Time, by Ajami

In This Arab Time: The Pursuit of Deliverance

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Press
Saturday, November 15, 2014

In this collection of bold and wide-ranging essays, Fouad Ajami offers his views on the Middle East, commenting on the state of affairs in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and more. He brings into focus the current struggles of the region through detailed historical standpoints and a highly personal perspective.

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Kissinger: Israel Should Not Seek 'Permanent' Peace Now

quoting Henry A. Kissingervia Breitbart.com
Friday, November 14, 2014

Former Secretary of State and Nobel laureate Henry Kissinger told an awards dinner in New York this week that Israel should not seek a permanent or comprehensive peace with the Palestinians until regional turmoil settles down, Algemeiner reports.


Samuel Tadros on Bill Bennet's Morning in America

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Bill Bennett's Morning In America
Friday, November 14, 2014

Islamism and the International Order Working Group Member Samuel Tadros remembers Fouad Ajami on Bill Bennett's Morning in America.

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Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan: Different or the Same?

by Bing West via Analysis
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

From 1965 to 1972 in Vietnam, America fought both a conventional slugfest against North Vietnamese divisions and a counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign against guerrillas. We conducted a COIN campaign in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014, and a COIN campaign in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.

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Samuel Tadros on Opinion Journal

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Wall Street Journal Live
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Islamism and the International Order Working Group Member Samuel Tadros discusses Fouad Ajami and his recently released collection of essays on Opinion Journal.

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Obama Midwifes a Nuclear Iran

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, November 10, 2014

The news that President Obama has sent a secret letter to Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei––apparently promising concessions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for help in defeating ISIS–– is a depressing reminder of how after nearly 40 years our leaders have not understood the Iranian Revolution.

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Comparing the 'War on Terror' With WWII

by Victor Davis Hansonvia WND - World Net Daily
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Over the years I’ve debated scholars and pundits on issues ranging from illegal immigration (no to open borders), George Bush’s troop levels in Iraq (don’t add and don’t subtract, but change tactics and force the Iraqis to step up), and World War II (the Red Army, for all the savagery and ordeal on the Eastern front, was not mostly responsible for winning the war, and its soldiers were no more courageous than Americans at Bastogne, Normandy Beach, Iwo Jima or Okinawa).

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Henry Kissinger’s words of wisdom

featuring Henry A. Kissingervia Boston Globe
Thursday, November 6, 2014

FOR 91-year-old Henry Kissinger, establishing a stable, balanced world order has been the overarching goal of his extraordinary life and career. “World Order” is also the title, not coincidentally, of his important new book, further affirmation of his place as one of the most distinguished foreign policy thinkers and diplomats in American history.


So What Does the New Republican Majority Mean for National Security Issues In Congress?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, November 6, 2014

The result is no surprise: Republicans now control both houses of Congress—or, at least, they will come January. I’ll leave it to others to dissect how we should understand last night’s electoral results in political terms, what it means for President Obama, the 2016 election, or the future of American politics.