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John Kerry Fails to Hold Hamas Accountable

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rewarding vicious conduct is a sure-fire method of generating more of it. And wrongly blaming an ally for provoking young men and women to join your brutal adversary is an excellent recipe for harming friends and strengthening enemies. Yet in the struggle against Islamic extremism, the Obama administration has adopted both of these profoundly counterproductive tactics.


Hope and Change in the Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let us get this straight: We were going to bomb Bashar Assad, but then decided at the last minute not to. But then we were going to help the Free Syrian Army. But then the administration did not, and later dismissed its forces as amateurs and a “fantasy.”

The White House

Kori Schake on the Hays Advantage (14:15)

interview with Kori Schakevia Hays Advantage
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Research Fellow Kori Schake discusses the fight against ISIS on the Hays Advantage.

Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance
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Iraq Is Still Worth Saving

featuring Lieutenant Colonel Joel Rayburnvia National Interest
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In his new book, Iraq After America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance, Joel Rayburn has accomplished something remarkable. A book written before the invasion of northwestern Iraq this year by ISIL, and before the departure of Nouri al-Maliki from the prime-minister position, seems nonetheless entirely up to date—and Rayburn himself seems clairvoyant.

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Still Getting Jihadism Wrong

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

President Obama’s recent claim that Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam was nothing new. Since 9/11, we have heard from both ends of the political spectrum that jihadist terror has material causes and psychological conditions created by social, political, or economic dysfunctions.

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Ruins of the Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Obama’s unfortunate Middle East legacy was predicated on six flawed assumptions:


What Will U.S. Troops in Baghdad Do When Islamic State Militants Arrive?

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Saturday, October 11, 2014

There are several stories today about how Islamic State militants are threatening Baghdad.  Some of the stories suggest that “an all-out assault on Baghdad” may be in the cards, while others say that the militants will instead simply “wreak havoc” on the city from its western edge.  Whichever is right, Islamic State forces are threatening Baghdad itself.

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Strategika: “Reasons for Hope: How Arab Countries Can Advance the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process” with Kori Schake

interview with Kori Schakevia Strategika
Friday, October 10, 2014

Why there is still hope for progress despite recent violence

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Strategika: “Mowing the Grass: Why Half-Measures Won’t Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” with Thomas Henriksen

interview with Thomas H. Henriksenvia Strategika
Friday, October 10, 2014

Why Israel’s current approach to Palestinian violence can never lead to peace.

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Strategika: “The Long Conflict: Why the Israeli-Palestinian Question Won’t Be Settled Anytime Soon” with Andrew Roberts

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Friday, October 10, 2014

Why turmoil in the Middle East will likely continue for generations to come.