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Bruce Riedel on the Origins of the Islamic State

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A brief history of the Islamic State in the form of an animated video from my Brookings colleague Bruce Riedel. Bruce is the director of The Intelligence Project at Brookings, and he spent 30 years at the Central Intelligence Agency.

In This Arab Time, by Ajami

In This Arab Time: The Pursuit of Deliverance

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Press
Saturday, November 15, 2014

In this collection of bold and wide-ranging essays, Fouad Ajami offers his views on the Middle East, commenting on the state of affairs in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and more. He brings into focus the current struggles of the region through detailed historical standpoints and a highly personal perspective.

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Kissinger: Israel Should Not Seek 'Permanent' Peace Now

quoting Henry A. Kissingervia Breitbart.com
Friday, November 14, 2014

Former Secretary of State and Nobel laureate Henry Kissinger told an awards dinner in New York this week that Israel should not seek a permanent or comprehensive peace with the Palestinians until regional turmoil settles down, Algemeiner reports.


Samuel Tadros on Bill Bennet's Morning in America

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Bill Bennett's Morning In America
Friday, November 14, 2014

Islamism and the International Order Working Group Member Samuel Tadros remembers Fouad Ajami on Bill Bennett's Morning in America.

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Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan: Different or the Same?

by Bing West via Analysis
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

From 1965 to 1972 in Vietnam, America fought both a conventional slugfest against North Vietnamese divisions and a counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign against guerrillas. We conducted a COIN campaign in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014, and a COIN campaign in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.

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Samuel Tadros on Opinion Journal

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Wall Street Journal Live
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Islamism and the International Order Working Group Member Samuel Tadros discusses Fouad Ajami and his recently released collection of essays on Opinion Journal.

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Obama Midwifes a Nuclear Iran

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, November 10, 2014

The news that President Obama has sent a secret letter to Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei––apparently promising concessions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for help in defeating ISIS–– is a depressing reminder of how after nearly 40 years our leaders have not understood the Iranian Revolution.


The Complexities in an Islamic State AUMF

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, November 7, 2014

In August I described a politically palatable AUMF against the Islamic State (IS).  What was politically palatable in August is not necessarily politically palatable after three months of air strikes, however, and will likely be even less so when a new and different-looking Congress comes to power next year. 


End of Forever War Watch, Election Day Edition

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The wise Walter Pincus had a good piece yesterday in the WP that makes two points: (1) the United States’ fight “against the so-called Islamic State has just begun and will last for years,” and (2) “Iraqi boots on the ground are the only ones that can defeat the Islamic State in Iraq.


A Friendship Scathed

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia Secure Freedom Radio
Friday, October 31, 2014

Secure Freedom Radio's Frank Gaffney interviews Hoover fellow Peter Berkowitz about Israel and the struggle over the international laws of war.