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What the 9/11 Lawsuits Bill Will Do

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Council on Foreign Relations
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Congress entered into law a bill that will allow the families of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia in the first veto override that President Barack Obama has faced. The bill drew large bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate, but many lawyers and national security professionals have criticized it.

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The Risks Of Suing The Saudis For 9/11

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia The New York Times
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Senate and the House are expected to vote this week on whether to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role it had in the terrorist operations. The lawmakers should let the veto stand.


Kori Schake: Obama, Syria, And The Missed Opportunities Of UNGA 2016

interview with Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Monday, September 26, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake discusses bright spots and blunders of last week’s UN General Assembly, Obama's speech to the UN, the refugee crisis and the war in Syria, and whether or not Obama successfully achieved what he set out to do.

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Strategy And Assets In The Middle East

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Monday, September 26, 2016

The goal of this Caravan has been to provide an account of the strategic underpinning of the challenges the US faces and which the next administration—whoever occupies the White House—will have to address. Five distinguished experts have explained how the historical preeminence of American military power in the region cannot be taken for granted. It can be maintained only through a clear strategic vision and the political will to act on it. 

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Simplifying U.S. Strategy Amidst The Middle East’s Maelstrom

by Benjamin Runklevia The Caravan
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Anybody who follows foreign affairs and social media has likely seen some version of a chart entitled “A Guide to the Middle East Relationships.” The graphic shows a hopelessly tangled web of arrows illustrating the often contradictory strategic associations in the region, i.e. the United States and Iran support opposing sides in the Syrian civil war while fighting on the same side in Iraq against the Islamic State (ISIS); Turkey opposes Bashar Assad’s regime yet attacks the Kurdish militias fighting his army; Saudi Arabia and Qatar both support Syria’s Sunni rebels yet hold diametrically opposing views on Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, et cetera.  

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Bill Allowing Terror Victims To Sue Saudi Arabia Creates Serious Potential Problems

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Law Newz
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last week, coincidental with the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

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Airpower In The Middle East—A Contemporary Assessment

by David A. Deptula, Lt Gen USAF (Ret)via The Caravan
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Since the introduction of airpower as a military force just over 100 years ago, it has played a key role in shaping the geopolitical posture of the Middle East. The first example is the success of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in exerting strategic control by the use of aircraft over regions of British interest in Mesopotamia in the 1920s. A handful of RAF squadrons and a small force of troops successfully subdued rebellious tribes in Iraq.

Navy boat patrolling in the Gulf of Aqaba
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Eastern Mediterranean: Do Not Write Off States Just Yet

by Ehud Eiran, Aviad Rubinvia The Caravan
Friday, September 23, 2016

Do not write off states as power brokers in the Eastern Mediterranean maritime arena just yet. It is easy to do so. Great powers (past, present and aspiring) as well as non-state actors seem to have eroded the centrality of regional state actors in shaping the region’s maritime security environment in the last few years. 


Kori Schake On ISIS: Understanding Its Origins And Rise

interview with Kori Schakevia World Affairs Council of Northern California
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake talks with Joby Warrick, a reporter with The Washington Post, about how ISIS emerged so forcefully from the chaos and power struggles of competing jihadist groups and whether the efforts of the West to crack down on Al Qaeda, inadvertently fueled the growth of ISIS. His latest book, “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” pursues a thoughtful reflection on the origins the most notorious terror group in the world today.


Larry Diamond Talks About Democracy In Decline Around The Globe On WNYC

interview with Larry Diamondvia WYNC
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond talks about how the the early years of the 21st century might be viewed historically as the beginning of the decline of democracy itself. Through his research, Diamond has found that 27 countries experienced a breakdown in democracy between 2000 and 2015, while authoritarian governments have become increasingly emboldened and locked down. Democracy, Diamond notes, seems to have lost its appeal.