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Analysis and Commentary

Lines Drawn In The Sand: Territorial Disputes And GCC Unity

by Yoel Guzanskyvia Ingenta
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Although the majority of territorial disputes between the Arab Gulf states have been settled on paper, the disputes and related issues have arisen periodically and negatively impacted the ability of the Gulf Cooperation Council to function successfully.


Kori Schake On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Kori Schakevia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake discusses Syria and the crisis in Aleppo, and whether a no-fly zone would ensure that aircraft of the warring parties are not allowed to enter the designated space but she notes, how would you stop Russia from flying in that area.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The “Thank God We’re Not In Kansas Anymore” Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Iraqi and U.S. forces begin the campaign to reclaim the city of Mosul, ISIS’s major stronghold in Iraq. Retired Gen. James Cartwright pleads guilty to lying to federal leak investigators. And three Kansas men are accused of plotting attacks on Somali Muslims.

Victor Davis Hanson on grand strategy, immigration, and the 2016 presidential election
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Victor Davis Hanson On Grand Strategy, Immigration, And The 2016 Presidential Election

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Uncommon Knowledge with Victor Davis Hanson.

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Giving Israel Its Due

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A new book offers a much-needed account of the Jewish state’s many achievements.

In the News

The ISIS Apocalypse Has Been Postponed But The Militants Might Still Believe In It

quoting Abbas Milanivia The Washington Post
Monday, October 17, 2016

To the Islamic State, the town of Dabiq in northern Syria was never of real strategic significance. And yet, symbolically, there were few places that were deemed more influential by the group's own leaders. 

In the News

How Will New Fighting In Iraq Affect Trump V Clinton? Probably Not Much

quoting Kori Schakevia The Guardian
Monday, October 17, 2016

In any other election year, a massive battle involving US force to seize a city of hundreds of thousands from the Islamic State might affect how voters choose their next president. But 2016, defense analysts and political advisers observing the mid-October campaign for Mosul point out, is no normal election year.

In the News

Clarity On Iraq

quoting George P. Shultzvia The Washington Post
Monday, October 17, 2016

The John Hay Initiative, a conservative foreign-policy group, has been putting out a series of useful fact sheets on various national security topics to both guide voters and inspire smarter questions from the media.

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Willing Accidents To Happen

by Kori Schakevia Military History in the News
Monday, October 17, 2016

One of President Obama’s least attractive attributes is his tendency to disparage his adversaries. Just yesterday, for example, he mocked Silicon Valley executives for the triviality of their achievements compared to his important and complex work. Democrats bewail the obstinacy of Republicans in Congress, but ignore just how much this Obama trait crushes the possibility of compromise (think of President Obama humiliating Paul Ryan at the health care speech in 2011). The effects are visible in foreign policy, as well—especially in regards to Russia.

Analysis and Commentary

Ethiopia's Promise, Potential At A Crossroads

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Friday, October 14, 2016

Coffee delivers a taste of Ethiopia to Americans daily. Coffee beans were discovered in Ethiopia, and a morning Starbucks is generally as close as most Americans get to that African nation.