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General Jim Mattis testifies before the House Intelligence Committee

by General Jim Mattisvia C-SPAN
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow General Jim Mattis testifies on the ISIS Terrorist Threat House Intelligence Committee.


Readings: Adapting the Law of Armed Conflict to Autonomous Weapon Systems

by Kenneth Anderson, Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We are pleased to share our recently published article on law and autonomous weapons, on which we teamed up with our good friend Daniel Reisner (formerly head of the Israel Defense Forces International Law Department). The article, “Adapting the Law of Armed Conflict to Autonomous Weapon Systems,” appears as 90 International Law Studies 386 (2014), available online at SSRN (free pdf download).

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Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (28:57)

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Research Fellow Paul Gregory discusses recent events in Ukraine on the John Batchelor Show.


Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (10:14)

interview with Kori Schakevia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Research Fellow discusses the war against ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.

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Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show (35:15)

interview with Tunku Varadarajanvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hoover Fellow Tunku Varadarajan discusses the "bromance" between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the John Batchelor Show.

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Scottish Referendum: Alone, Scotland Will Go Back to Being a Failed State

by Niall Fergusonvia The Telegraph
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No good deed goes unpunished. In granting residents of Scotland a referendum on their country’s political future, David Cameron surely thought he was doing a good deed. The Scottish National Party would have to put up or shut up. A Yes vote would be a victory for them.

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Where Have All the Allies Gone?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The so-called Islamic State has left destruction everywhere that it has gained ground. But as in the case of the tribal Scythians, Vandals, Huns or Mongols of the past, sowing chaos in its wake does not mean that the Islamic State won't continue to seek new targets for its devastation.

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Avoid a Classic Blunder: Stay Out of Religious Wars in the Middle East

by Elizabeth (Lisa) Cobbs Hoffmanvia Reuters
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Muslims in the Middle East are fighting wars of religion. Like the carnage between Protestants and Catholics that haunted Northern Ireland during the last third of the 20th century, there is little anyone can do until local peoples crave peace so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.

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Kissinger’s Order

featuring Henry A. Kissingervia The Diplomat
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

If you have a serious interest in Asia or in foreign policy in general – whether you’re a policy wonk, an academic, or just a good citizen – I have a suggestion for you. Send an email to all of those to whom you owe service, such as employers and children, and ask for a three-day leave.

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Obama’s Sort-of War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How can we account for the apparent flip-flopping of the Obama administration about what we are doing, or might do further, to the Islamic State?


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