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Iran: Pirate Of The Persian Gulf

quoting Kori Schakevia SF Gate
Thursday, May 28, 2015

“I personally think the politics are so opaque in Iran that I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to who’s behind it,” opined Hoover Institution foreign policy fellow Kori Schake. “This could just be the regular functioning of their government.” In a way, it doesn’t matter why. Rezaian’s trial tells Americans everything they need to know: Unless the government abandons this cruel charade, Iran cannot be trusted. The people of Iran may be gracious and open, but their government is ruthless and terrifying.

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GOP Grapples With Ground Troops In Iraq

quoting Kori Schakevia CNN
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pressing to send a new wave of U.S. combat troops into Iraq would have amounted to political suicide for White House hopefuls just a few years ago. But the shocking advances of ISIS over the past year -- from the gruesome beheadings of Americans to the group's success in conquering key Iraqi cities like Ramadi -- are creating a new uncertainty about whether the U.S. should re-engage in Iraq, thrusting the issue to the fore of the 2016 presidential race.


Egypt Two Years After Morsi: Part 1 Testimony Of Samuel Tadros

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Samuel Tadros, a contributor to the Hoover Institution's Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, testified concerning the state of Egypt, two years after Morsi.

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Hoover fellow Abbas Milani on ISIS, Iran, and the future of the Middle East

by Abbas Milanivia Fellow Talks
Friday, May 8, 2015

ISIS, Iran, and the future of the Middle East.

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Why The U.S. Officially ‘Believes’ Pakistan’s Bin Laden Story

by Elizabeth Cobbsvia Reuters
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Throughout its “war on terrorism,” the United States has had to rely on Pakistan. Though Washington may occasionally have believed its trust was abused, the Pentagon’s need for overflight rights or landing bases, crucial for U.S. troops in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East, trumped diplomatic niceties.


White House: U.S. Supports Iraqi Ground Effort To Take Back Ramadi

featuring Kori Schakevia After the Bell (Fox Business)
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hoover fellow Kori Schake discusses the growing strength of ISIS and the Obama administration’s lack of strategy to fight it.

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Civilization In The Crossfire

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A media that has generally consigned the advances of ISIS in Iraq and Syria to its inside pages and minor news reports, has suddenly been forced to give them full prominence, not because of the thousands of deaths that ISIS is causing but rather the threat it poses to the splendid urban architecture of Zenobia’s surviving jewel of a city, Palmyra.

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Ramadi Falls To Islamic State

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Boston Herald
Monday, May 18, 2015

"The complete withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 was one of the worst diplomatic mistakes in the last decade. Anybody who knew Iraq knew that the Iraqi Army in 2011 was not going to be able to take care of itself. It’s a tragedy that was preventable. We created a vacuum and ISIS was born.” Said Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute.

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We’re Still Dumbing Down The Iraq War

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, May 18, 2015

Jeb Bush tangled himself up recently when he tried to answer a dumb question on the intelligence failures about Iraq’s WMDs and their role in going to war with Saddam Hussein in 2003. I’m not interested in the media’s usual pointless chatter about the incident. More troubling is the continuing dumbing down of the context and circumstances that surrounded the decision to go to war.

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Hoover Fellow Peter Berkowitz Discusses The Iran Nuclear Deal On CNBC

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia CNBC - Squawk Box
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hover fellow Peter Berkowitz says the absence of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain leaders at the Camp David summit suggests a lack of confidence in the Iran nuclear deal.