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Q. and A.: Larry Diamond on Political Change in Hong Kong

interview with Larry Diamondvia New York Times
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Street protests for free elections in Hong Kong have now stretched into a second month, and there is no sign of resolution. The movement, known as Occupy Central With Love and Peace, is demanding changes to the restrictive framework Beijing has imposed for the election of Hong Kong’s next leader, the chief executive, in 2017.

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Crackdown In Lebanon Pushes Some Sunnis Toward ISIS, Al-Nusra

quoting Thomas H. Henriksenvia International Business Times
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A recent wave of Shiite-led crackdowns in Lebanon is causing some Sunni Muslims within the country to adopt extremist ideology and align with jihadist groups like the Islamic State or al Qaeda. The Lebanese Army, working with Lebanon’s own Iran-backed, Shiite militant group Hezbollah, is fighting a recent upswing of Sunni extremist activity -- but the crackdown makes no distinction between Lebanese and Syrian Sunni militants, hits Syrian refugees and moderate rebel fighters as well, and may contribute to inflaming sectarian conflict in Lebanon, linking it to the war in next-door Syria.  

American Flags

Susan Rice Did Not Consult DOD When She Urged Repeal of 2002 AUMF That DOD (Correctly) Thought Was “Still Needed”

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, October 27, 2014

Michael Hirsh has a piece at Politico on the disorganized, uncoordinated crafting and implementation of the administration’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State.  Of particular interest to Lawfare readers is the news that National Security Advisor Susan Rice failed to consult with DOD when she wrote a letter to Congress last summer asking for the repeal of the 2002 AUMF.

A coal miner in Donetsk, Ukraine
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Ukraine Election Exit Polls: The New Parliament Will Resist Putin And Defend Ukraine

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, October 26, 2014

On Sunday October 26, Ukrainians elected a new parliament – the Verkhovna Rada — its 450-seat single-house legislative body. As a consequence of the Euromaidan revolution and Russia’s war on southeastern Ukraine, the parliamentary election was moved up from 2017 to October 2014.

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Reserve Soldiers’ Jobs for Soldiers, Not Contractors

by Kori Schakevia New York Times
Sunday, October 26, 2014

The American military is profoundly dependent on civilian contractors in the conduct of our wars. Since 2003, contractors have constituted more than 50 percent of the force in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

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Chasing Away the Democracy Blues

by Larry Diamondvia Foreign Policy
Friday, October 24, 2014

Why democracy is worth fighting for -- now more than ever.


Markos Kounalakis on the John Batchelor Show (9:26)

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Visiting Fellow Markos Kounalakis discusses Boko Haram and its kidnapping of Nigerian girls on the John Batchelor Show.

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Victor Davis Hanson on Hugh Hewitt

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hugh Hewitt Show
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the attack on the Canadian parliament on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

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John Kerry Fails to Hold Hamas Accountable

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rewarding vicious conduct is a sure-fire method of generating more of it. And wrongly blaming an ally for provoking young men and women to join your brutal adversary is an excellent recipe for harming friends and strengthening enemies. Yet in the struggle against Islamic extremism, the Obama administration has adopted both of these profoundly counterproductive tactics.

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Stress Tests Conclude That Europe Can Call Putin's Energy Bluff And Win

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On October 16, the European Energy Commission published its European Energy Security Strategy on how to limit the potential disruption of reductions of Russian gas supplies to European countries as a consequence of the Russian-Ukrainian War.


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