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Analysis and Commentary

America Forgot Afghanistan. Donald Trump’s Chief Of Staff Has Not.

by Markos Kounalakisvia Charlotte Observer
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Americans may have lost sight of the Afghan war, but Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, General John F. Kelly, has not. He sacrificed his son to that war. He knows that what happens in Afghanistan does not stay in Afghanistan. Now, if he can focus West Wing minds, he may bring Afghanistan back to the public consciousness, where it belongs.


Strategika Issue 43: The Middle East: Terrorism Forever?

via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 31, 2017

Strategika Issue 43 is now available online.

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Beyond The Terror War

by Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Since the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the story of the Middle East has been one of inconclusive struggles of the weak against the weak. That the Ottomans lasted as long as they did is in substantial measure a testament to the constant chaos of Arab and Persian politics. 

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The Middle East: Terrorism Forever?

by Bing West via Strategika
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The short response is yes. Crime forever? Also, yes. Turbulence, terror, pestilence, famine, love, procreation, taxes, families, sunsets, rain, shine, etc.—all are components of the human condition. There is no arc toward perfection in human nature.

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“Pushing Back” Iran

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia Strategika
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On both the left and the right, there is a consensus in Washington that the United States needs to “push back” against the Islamic Republic’s nefarious actions in the Levant, Iraq, and Yemen. The clerical regime largely controls the ground war in Syria: Tehran’s foreign Shiite militias, imported from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and Iranian-directed native forces lead the battle against the Sunni insurrection. 

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Too Risky For Researchers?

quoting Stephen Kotkinvia Inside Higher Education
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Following 10-year jail sentence for Princeton Ph.D. student, scholars discuss the uncertainties of doing research in Iran.

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Western Values Are Superior

quoting Thomas Sowellvia DeSoto Times-Tribune
Monday, July 24, 2017

My colleague and Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell reveals some of the problem. He says, “Those in the Islamic world have for centuries been taught to regard ...

Analysis and Commentary

Sudan Sanctions And My Neighbor's Cat

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Diplomats here expect Washington to drop sanctions in the fall, as planned during the final days of the Obama administration, not least because they failed to achieve some key goals.


Kori Schake At The Aspen Security Forum

interview with Kori Schakevia The Aspen Institute
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake discusses the Iran nuclear agreement as well as ISIS's strategy.


Abbas Milani On Rational Radio Daily With Steele And Ungar

interview with Abbas Milanivia Rational Radio Daily with Steele and Ungar
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Abbas Milani discusses the Trump Administration policies towards Iran.