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America’s Pivot to Vietnam

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Friday, May 27, 2016

No Asian country carries more relevance and significance to the history of the United States than Vietnam in the post-WWII era. The political ethos, military institutions, and social mores of America were fundamentally altered by the war in Vietnam. Thirteen times more Americans died in that conflict than in the two Iraq wars combined; nearly 25 times more Americans were killed in the jungles and rice paddies of the Southeast Asian country than in the armed conflict in Afghanistan, America’s longest foreign war.

In the News

The Long Struggle Over The Legal Bounds Of Fighting Terrorism

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia The Washington Post
Friday, May 27, 2016

Karen Greenberg’s new book, “Rogue Justice,” takes on a challenging task: adding new insight to our understanding of the long-running legal battles surrounding the post-9/11 fight against terrorism.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "At Least You're Not Mullah Mansour" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, May 27, 2016

President Obama makes one last pivot to Asia in an official visit to Vietnam and Japan. The United States kills the Taliban’s leader. And a State Department inspector general report scolds Hillary Clinton and others for their use of private email. Plus, Susan reads cybersecurity advice for members of Congress—from other members of Congress. And the gang is all together—in a cool new photo!


On Nuclear Weapons, Nations Must Cooperate To Avoid Catastrophe

by Sam Nunnfeaturing George P. Shultz, Henry A. Kissingervia The Washington Post
Thursday, May 26, 2016

President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima comes almost 71 years after the conclusion of a world war that was fought and ended with tremendous sacrifice, huge casualties and immense devastation. Today, global nuclear arsenals are capable of destroying not only cities but also civilization itself. 

In the News

North Korea Linked To Digital Attacks On Global Banks

quoting Herbert Linvia The New York Times
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Security researchers have tied the recent spate of digital breaches on Asian banks to North Korea, in what they say appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain.


Carmel Valley Conference 2016 Podcasts Available Online

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Carmel Valley

The Hoover Institution’s recent Carmel Valley Conference offered an intimate forum where Hoover fellows could address current policy challenges from a candid perspective. We are pleased to share two of the most popular talks from the conference by Hoover fellows Victor Davis Hanson and Kori Schake, adapted below as audio podcasts.

In the News

The Great EU Power Trap

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia The Spectator
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Having influence in a powerful European Union means giving it much more power over us.

Related Commentary

Learning What Not To Do: The North Korean Nuclear Example

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Friday, May 27, 2016

There are no historical precedents to justify current American confidence that the treaty with Iran will prevent it from going nuclear. There are, however, historical precedents of how unauthorized and unhelpful secret back channels have derailed ongoing major U.S. governmental diplomatic initiatives and negotiations that involve difficult players.

Related Commentary

Blinded by the Light? What It Will Take for the Iran Deal to Succeed

by Bing West via Strategika
Friday, May 27, 2016

Before addressing history, it should be pointed out that the Obama agreement (it is not a treaty) provides Iran with the expertise, systems, and unimpeded bridge to nuclear weapons within about twelve years. Iran can abide by the agreement and still become a power with nuclear weapons.

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Iran Without Nuclear Weapons: We Can Only Hope

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Friday, May 27, 2016

History suggests three ways to prevent a state that has the capacity of going nuclear from exercising that option. The first is a security guarantee in exchange for denuclearization. The former Soviet republic of Ukraine took this route in 1994, when it gave up its extensive nuclear stockpile and jointed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty upon a promise of respect for its territorial integrity from the United States, Britain, and Russia. 


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