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Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hoover fellow Richard Epstein discusses the art of negotiation in light of discussions concerning a two state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Interviews

Larry Diamond On The HuffPost Live

interview with Larry Diamondvia HuffPost Live
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hoover fellow Larry Diamond says Tunisia is still a success, but notes that Tunisia is going through a tough period and needs security assistance and support.

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Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On WIBC

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Garrison (WIBC)
Friday, March 27, 2015

Hoover fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses what consequences may come from Iran having nuclear weapons.

Blogs

No Need To Prosecute Bowe Bergdahl?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, March 27, 2015

I normally make a point of not arguing with New York Times editorials, contenting myself with my role as their unofficial fact-checker on national security legal matters. (Don’t thank me.)

I find myself called, however, to say a substantive word about today’s editorial, “No Need to Prosecute Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.” There’s no specific factual error in it that I want to correct. It’s the very premise that requires comment.

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Featured Commentary

Finding A Place For Atrocity Prevention Amid New Security Challenges

by Tod Lindberg, Lee Feinsteinvia United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Monday, March 23, 2015

When we recently set out for meetings in London, Berlin and Brussels on improving transatlantic links on atrocity prevention, foremost in our minds was concern about the dramatic return over the past 18 months of first-tier international security challenges. The rise of ISIS against the backdrop of civil war and humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, the new adventurism of the Russia of Vladimir Putin, and the daunting challenge of the Iranian nuclear program combine to take up a lot of space in the in-boxes of senior policymakers in North America and Europe.

Blogs

ISIS As Cult

by Jessica Stern, J.M. Berger via Lawfare
Thursday, March 26, 2015

In a study that is widely seen as among the most important contributions to social psychology, a team of observers joined a prophetic, apocalyptic cult to determine what would happen to the group if the predicted events failed to materialize.

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Blogs

Who’s Afraid Of The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Of 2015?

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Last Friday The Hill reported that Senator Corker believes he “will have a veto-proof majority” to enact the “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015” (INARA).

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Kori Schake On Bloomberg Radio

interview with Kori Schakevia Bloomberg Radio
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hoover fellow Kori Schake discusses President Obama’s plan to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Schake notes that the end game of war should be dictated by the circumstances not by an artificial timeline. Schake believes that Obama does not want another Iraq on his hands and therefore he wants to leave troops in Afghanistan for a longer period of time.

Featured Commentary

Sen. Tom Cotton, Tragic Hero

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand -- "It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder" -- has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 46 other senators.

Blogs

The Race To Caliphate

by Jessica Stern, J.M. Berger via Lawfare
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The quality of ISIS video releases fluctuated as the organization gained momentum, but overall, the group’s media team improved steadily over time, even as the quantity of its output increased.

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