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Moral Hazard and the Obama Doctrine

by James D. Fearonvia Analysis
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The U.S. war against ISIL risks helping the enemy in the long run by lessening locals’ incentives to develop their own military and state capabilities, and that it also helps with the enemy’s recruitment and PR. The more the U.S. does militarily, the less our friends and allies in the region do.

Thoughts on Unconventional Threats and Terrorism

by Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberryvia Analysis
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The term “unconventional threat” has often been an imprecise classification tool and has led to a focus on tactics at the expense of strategy in the U.S. struggle against transnational terrorists groups like Al Qaeda.  Combating transnational terrorism requires properly evaluating the threat terrorism poses, a deep understanding of geopolitical context surrounding a transnational terrorist group, and a willingness to be flexible in the tools used to mitigate risk, including focusing on improving countermeasures in the homeland. 

In This Arab Time, by Ajami
Interviews

Samuel Tadros on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 21, 2014

Islamism and the International Order Working Group Member Samuel Tadros remembers Fouad Ajami on the John Batchelor Show.

Interviews

Bing West on the John Batchelor Show (28:54)

interview with Bing West via John Batchelor Show
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Military History Working Group Member Bing West discusses the war against ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.
 

Blogs

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.

Other Media

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.

Interviews

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.

Fouad Ajami
Interviews

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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