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Victor Davis Hanson on grand strategy, immigration, and the 2016 presidential election
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Victor Davis Hanson On Grand Strategy, Immigration, And The 2016 Presidential Election

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Uncommon Knowledge with Victor Davis Hanson.

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Strategika: "Empowering Iran: The Weaknesses Of The Nuclear Deal," With Tom Donnelly

interview with Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Friday, October 14, 2016

How the nuclear deal with Iran unleashed Tehran's ambitions in the Middle East.


Eyes, Ears, & Daggers Examines The Evolving Relationship Between America’s Intelligence And Special Operations In The War Against Terror

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Hoover Institution Press released today Eyes, Ears, & Daggers by Hoover Institution senior fellow Thomas Henriksen.

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Strategy And Assets In The Middle East

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Monday, September 26, 2016

The goal of this Caravan has been to provide an account of the strategic underpinning of the challenges the US faces and which the next administration—whoever occupies the White House—will have to address. Five distinguished experts have explained how the historical preeminence of American military power in the region cannot be taken for granted. It can be maintained only through a clear strategic vision and the political will to act on it. 

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Simplifying U.S. Strategy Amidst The Middle East’s Maelstrom

by Benjamin Runklevia The Caravan
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Anybody who follows foreign affairs and social media has likely seen some version of a chart entitled “A Guide to the Middle East Relationships.” The graphic shows a hopelessly tangled web of arrows illustrating the often contradictory strategic associations in the region, i.e. the United States and Iran support opposing sides in the Syrian civil war while fighting on the same side in Iraq against the Islamic State (ISIS); Turkey opposes Bashar Assad’s regime yet attacks the Kurdish militias fighting his army; Saudi Arabia and Qatar both support Syria’s Sunni rebels yet hold diametrically opposing views on Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, et cetera.  

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The Middle East: The Strategic Landscape For The Next Administration

by Russell A. Bermanvia Caravan
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This Caravan provides a compelling map of the significant challenges the US faces in the region as well as the opportunities to pursue a strategy to reestablish and maintain preeminence. Whatever the outcome of this extraordinary presidential election may be, the next administration will face significant challenges, especially in the Middle East.

In the News

Donald Trump Says The US Should Have Taken Iraq's Oil. Here's Why That Wasn't An Option

quoting Kori Schakevia Los Angeles Times
Friday, September 9, 2016

“Every country in the region would have opposed us,” Kori Schake, a top defense and security advisor to Bush, said in an email. ”And it would have made governments the world over suspicious of U.S. involvement.”


The Other Forever War Anniversary

by Jack Goldsmith, Matthew Waxmanvia Time
Saturday, September 10, 2016

The United States had been bombing the Islamic State sporadically throughout the summer of 2014, under the President’s Article II Commander-in-Chief power. But at about the time on September 10 when President Obama announced the United States’ ramped-up efforts “to degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State, he also shifted the legal basis for the effort to the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) that had been the foundation for the conflict against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Associates since a few days after the 9/11 attacks. 

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House Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia; White House Hints At Veto

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia New York Times
Friday, September 9, 2016

The bill “is a politically cost-free way for Congress to send a signal of seeming seriousness about terrorism on the dawn of the 15th anniversary of 9/11,” said Jack Goldsmith.

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Fifteen Years After 9/11, And America Still Sleeps

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, September 9, 2016

Fifteen years after the carnage of 9/11, American foreign policy is still mired in its fossilized dogmas and dangerous delusions. We interpreted the attacks as crimes, not battles in a war, and reflections of poverty, autocracy, or vague “evil,” rather than as the fulfillment of Allah’s divine commands.