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Forgetting How To Grow

by Timothy Kanevia Cato Institute
Friday, November 21, 2014

Trying to understand why the greatest nation in history is lurching from crisis to crisis leads many observers to the narrative of American decline in the face of a foreign rival.

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Maybe They’ll Listen To Kissinger

mentioning Henry A. Kissingervia PJ Media
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has been trying to explain to the adolescents in charge of American foreign policy in both parties that our Ukraine policy has been a disaster.


Bing West on the John Batchelor Show (28:54)

interview with Bing West via John Batchelor Show
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Military History Working Group Member Bing West discusses the war against ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.


Bruce Riedel on the Origins of the Islamic State

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A brief history of the Islamic State in the form of an animated video from my Brookings colleague Bruce Riedel. Bruce is the director of The Intelligence Project at Brookings, and he spent 30 years at the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Kori Schake on Global Dispatches

interview with Kori Schakevia Global Dispatches
Monday, November 17, 2014

Research Fellow Kori Schake discusses US foreign policy and her career on Global Dispatches.

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Gellman Talks About Snowden Revelations

mentioning Amy Zegartvia Center for International Security And Cooperation (CISAC)
Monday, November 17, 2014

Journalist Barton Gellman had left his job at The Washington Post and was working on a book about surveillance and privacy in America when he was contacted last year by someone using the code-name VERAX, or “truth teller” in Latin.

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Reforming China’s Commanding Heights

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Monday, November 17, 2014

MILAN – Chinese President Xi Jinping’s massive anti-corruption campaign has advanced a number of key objectives: It has gone a long way toward restoring confidence in the Communist Party’s commitment to a merit-based system; countered a decades-old pattern of public-sector domination; reduced the power of vested interests to block reform; and bolstered Xi’s popularity among private-sector actors, if far less so with the bureaucracy.

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Obama Makes Legacy Play On Trade

quoting Kori Schakevia Politico
Sunday, November 16, 2014

BRISBANE, Australia — After years of populist rhetoric against banks and Wall Street, repeated calls for raising the minimum wage and withering campaign-trail criticism of corporate America for shipping jobs overseas and dodging taxes, President Barack Obama could leave office with a foreign policy legacy whose most concrete achievement is a huge free trade deal with Pacific Rim countries.

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Bret Stephens' Call for Robust U.S. Foreign Policy

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, November 16, 2014

The disarray of American foreign policy has perilous consequences that are global in reach.

In This Arab Time, by Ajami

In This Arab Time: The Pursuit of Deliverance

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Press
Saturday, November 15, 2014

In this collection of bold and wide-ranging essays, Fouad Ajami offers his views on the Middle East, commenting on the state of affairs in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and more. He brings into focus the current struggles of the region through detailed historical standpoints and a highly personal perspective.


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