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Feinstein At Stanford: U.S. Needs To Track Possible Terrorists

quoting Amy Zegartvia Stanford University
Friday, May 29, 2015

She pointed to the rise of groups like ISIS – now in 12 countries, she said – and the gruesome spectacles of their brand of terrorism as proof that the world is more dangerous than ever. "I don't think during my lifetime I've ever seen the degree of evil that is out there in the world today," said Feinstein, noting mass murders and beheadings of innocent civilians, including children. "These [surveillance] programs aim to protect this country, pure and simple. They're not aimed to go after Americans."

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Iran: Pirate Of The Persian Gulf

quoting Kori Schakevia SF Gate
Thursday, May 28, 2015

“I personally think the politics are so opaque in Iran that I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to who’s behind it,” opined Hoover Institution foreign policy fellow Kori Schake. “This could just be the regular functioning of their government.” In a way, it doesn’t matter why. Rezaian’s trial tells Americans everything they need to know: Unless the government abandons this cruel charade, Iran cannot be trusted. The people of Iran may be gracious and open, but their government is ruthless and terrifying.

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Russia ‘Reset’ Architect To Next President: Don’t Try That Again

featuring Michael McFaulvia Yahoo News
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a key architect of President Barack Obama’s attempt to “reset” relations with Moscow, has some advice for the next president: Don’t try that again. “Don’t say, ‘We need another reset with Russia.’ And I’m the guy that said that to the president the last time around in the Oval Office,” McFaul told Yahoo News, describing his support for the effort to reboot relations with Russia in 2009.

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Michael McFaul - Do Not Reset On Russia

interview with Michael McFaulvia Yahoo News
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hoover fellow Michael McFaul says he would advise the next president to stay the course on Russia and not try for another ‘reset’ in relations with Russia.

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Sanction FIFA And Putin At The Same Time: Take The 2018 World Cup From Russia

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The soccer World Cup gives the host country prestige, publicity, and international recognition. The World Cups in 2010 and 2014 hosted by South Africa and Brazil–two BRICS countries–signaled their arrival on the world scene. A third BRICS member, Russia, is scheduled to host in 2018. The two largest public relations feathers in Vladimir Putin’s hat are the Sochi Olympics and now the upcoming World Cup.

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Snowden’s Dirty Work For Putin

by Josef Joffevia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Handygate” is another instance of foreigners hijacking what they think is American English and hip. A “handy” is a cellphone in German. Melded with “gate,” it stands for the U.S. National Security Agency’s assault on Germany’s national dignity: hacking into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile, as trumpeted by defector Edward Snowden from his Moscow hideout in 2013.

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Strategika – “NATO: The Once And Future Alliance” With Peter Mansoor

interview with Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How NATO has survived—and will continue to prosper—in the post–Cold War era. Military historian Peter Mansoor explains the historical trajectory of NATO, how it adjusted after the demise of the Soviet Union, and why it will survive the current threats from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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Strategika – “Will the West Still Fight?” With Josef Joffe

interview with Josef Joffevia Strategika
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Have the United States and Europe simply run out of steam?

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Why America Needs International Agencies

by Abraham D. Sofaervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 28, 2015

These organizations, flawed though they may be, enhance international cooperation and can help solve international security problems.


The War In Afghanistan Is Over, Says The President. Not, Says The Justice Department

by Benjamin Wittes, Cody Poplin via Lawfare
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The United States and NATO did formally end the war in Afghanistan, amidst some ceremony, in December 2014. However, in many ways, it is hard to see that the changing of the guard was little more than the changing of a flag. And President Obama’s own Justice Department—for its part—is busily arguing in court that the war is not, in fact, over.


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