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Mosul and the Future of Iraq

by Mark Moyarvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The 100,000-man assault on the Iraqi city of Mosul has reportedly made swift gains in recent days. After months of slow going, the assault force of Iraqi Army soldiers and Kurdish and Shiite militiamen appears to be wearing down the heavily outnumbered ISIS defenders. Obama administration officials are touting the recent advances as vindication of their strategy of restricting American participation to advice and support of local forces.

Analysis and Commentary

Latest Incident Shows Building US-Iranian Tensions In Persian Gulf

by Yoel Guzanskyvia The Hill
Friday, January 13, 2017

In the latest incident of Iranian bullying at sea, four Iranian boats again closed in at high speed to a Navy destroyer in the Straits of Hormuz on Sunday. Once again the U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Mahan, fired warning shots after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats did not respond to requests to slow down.

Richard A. Epstein

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Obama’s Dangerous Palestinian Gambit."

In the News

Speaker: Trump Likely To Fulfill His Promise To Be Tough On Terrorists

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia The Palm Beach Daily News
Thursday, January 12, 2017

How is soon-to-be President Donald Trump likely to deal with terrorism? Historian, author and columnist Victor Davis Hanson shared his predictions Tuesday during the season-opening lecture of The Society of the Four Arts’ Esther B. O’Keeffe series.

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The Drone Memos

by Jack Goldsmith, Jameel Jaffervia Lawfare
Monday, January 9, 2017

The Hoover Institution hosted "The Drone Memos" on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

Analysis and Commentary

The New Administration's More Sympathetic Ear For The Arabs

by Yoel Guzanskyvia Forbes
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

For many of the Arab regimes in the region, the election of Trump as president of the United States is positive, if only because Obama's presidency is ending. No less important to them is that the incoming administration is expected to toughen its policy towards Iran. 

Analysis and Commentary

Another Day, Another Material Support Suit Against A Social Media Company

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Another group of terrorism victims has filed suit against a social media company for allegedly giving material support to a terrorist group, in this case ISIS. These cases have been proliferating of late.

In the News

Dropped Into History

mentioning Amy Zegart, Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)via Medium
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A sophomore seminar gives students an intimate view of the people and places surrounding the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Analysis and Commentary

The Modern Language Association Votes To Reject Academic Boycott Of Israel

by Russell A. Bermanvia Tablet Magazine
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Insight into why the largest professional association of humanities scholars in North America rejected a BDS motion to boycott Israeli universities.

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Increased Support For Afghanistan

by Mark Moyarvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This past week, the Marine Corps announced that it will be deploying 300 Marines to Afghanistan’s Helmand province to serve in an “advise-and-assist” capacity. According to Brig. Gen. Roger B. Turner Jr., who will command these Marines, their duties will include helping the Afghans in intelligence, logistics, and other combat-enabling functions. Their most immediate concern will be the defense of the province’s beleaguered capital, Lashkar Gah.