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Declaring War on ISIS

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 29, 2014

Does the President need congressional approval to use military force against the Islamic State?

Moscow, Russia
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Russian-language Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Interview on the Legality of US Military Intervention Against ISIS

mentioning Michael S. Bernstamvia Washington Post
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Below is the audio of a recent Russian language interview I did with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the legality of US military intervention against ISIS. The program also includes commentary by foreign policy experts Mikhail Bernstam of the Hoover Institution, Anna Barshefsky, and Daniel Goure. I know we have some readers who understand Russian; the audio may be of interest to you.

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Michael McFaul on the Lars Larson Show

interview with Michael McFaulvia Lars Larson Show
Friday, September 26, 2014

Senior Fellow Michael McFaul discusses the tensions in US-Russia relations on the Lars Larson Show.

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Modi’s Operandi

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Time Magazine
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Self-interest is at the heart of India’s new foreign policy—and that’s good for relations with the U.S.

Tehran, Iran
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Iranian Hardliners Block Rouhani's Promises of Greater Freedom

quoting Abbas Milanivia Reuters
Thursday, September 25, 2014

After a year in office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has achieved a steady thaw in relations with the West but failed so far to deliver on campaign promises of more freedom at home.

Speaking the Law: Chapter 5

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Analysis
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In chapter 5, the authors look at the criticisms of the Obama administration’s legal policies on counterterrorism from both the political Right and the political Left—and explain why they largely reject both. They assert that although the framework of law and legitimacy that the administration has laid out is not without its problems, the legal, ethical, and policy framework is far more robust, as a matter of law, morality, and legitimacy, than the critics acknowledge. Moreover, in the view of the authors, it compares favorably with all the alternatives the various strains of critics have proposed in its stead.

Speaking the Law: Chapter 4

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Analysis
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In chapter 4, the authors discuss the Obama administration’s speeches in response to the NSA revelations made public by Edward Snowden and review the involvement of other branches of government in the legal framework described in the administration’s national security speeches. They explore the degree to which each branch is implicated in major aspects of the administration’s position. They also look at the degree to which the international system and its actors—other countries and international nongovernmental organizations—have had their voices heard, even though outsiders to the government, and have exerted leverage to influence it.

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Kissinger Is Right: 'Asia' Is a Western Construct

featuring Henry A. Kissingervia The Diplomat
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Amitai Etzioni’s review in The Diplomat on Henry Kissinger’s new book World Order noted Kissinger’s (correct) insight that the concept of Asia is a western construct. This point seems to have generated much debate in the comments section and deserves further discussion.

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Ukraine Is More of An Existential Threat Than ISIS, Because It Could Destroy NATO

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It is rare for a head of state, especially one fighting a hot war against, using Mitt Romney’s phrase, “America’s number one geopolitical enemy,” to be invited to address a joint session of Congress.


Victor Davis Hanson on the Lars Larson Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Lars Larson Show
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the air strikes in Syria on the Lars Larson Show.


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