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Interviews

Kiron Skinner: 'America First' Has Not Been Abandoned

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia America's News HQ (Fox News)
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner notes that President Trump's national security strategy still shares good ideas with the world, but puts America first.

Analysis and Commentary

Foreign Relations Law Casebook Supplement

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, December 18, 2017

The new Supplement for Curtis A. Bradley and Jack Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed. 2017), is now available. These materials update the casebook, and in particular address litigation over the Trump administration’s executive orders relating to its “travel ban,” the administration’s announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, the debates and litigation concerning “sanctuary jurisdictions,” President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and legal issues raised by various U.S. missile strikes in Syria and by the military detention of a U.S. citizen who was allegedly fighting on behalf of the Islamic State.

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Area 45: China’s Maritime Silk Road And American Naval Readiness, Featuring Admiral Gary Roughead

interview with Admiral Gary Roughead, Bill Whalenvia Area 45
Friday, December 15, 2017

China’s Naval Expansion across the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Aden.

Interviews

Kiron Skinner: How Can The US Take Down The Caliphate Once And For All?

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia America's News HQ (Fox News)
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses how the US can get rid of ISIS once and for all. Skinner notes that the US needs to be able to identify lone wolves and develop a counter narrative that makes the ISIS/radical ideology unattractive.

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Religious Bias Is Distorting American Foreign Policy

by Kori Schakevia Atlantic
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The administration is imperiling the very minority communities it claims to want to protect.

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Countering Iran Requires A Political Strategy

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It was not supposed to end this way. As protests erupted across the Arabic-speaking world, Iran seemed to be on the losing side. True, Iran’s leader, Ali Khamenei, had immediately called the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia “an Islamic liberation movement” and hailed them as “reverberations of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.” But as the protests spread from capital to capital and reached Damascus, not a few observers were confident that Iran would emerge weaker in the regional power game.

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Cold War Lessons For Iran Strategy

by Karim Sadjadpourvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

“Strategy,” wrote Lawrence Freedman in his book of the same name, “suggests an ability to address causes rather than symptoms, to see woods rather than trees.” While Iran’s expanding influence in the Middle East is primarily the symptom of an underlying cause—the power vacuums created by the 2003 Iraq War and the 2011 Arab uprisings—there is now a symbiotic relationship between Iranian ambition and Arab disorder. The latter accentuates the former, and the former accentuates the latter. 

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Rolling Back Iran: The Global Context

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A question mark is hanging over American grand strategy. The triumphal optimism that marked the end of the Cold War has given way to profound anxiety about the future of the international order. American supremacy has frayed and ominous challenges have emerged. We have entered difficult times. How did we lose our advantage? Can we reclaim it?

In the News

8 Great Business Books For Holiday Reading

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia intheblack.com
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Square and the Tower (Allen Lane, A$35) is about the Big Picture. Niall Ferguson has written several books romping through the past, often aiming to upset conventional wisdom. Here, he argues that history can be construed as networks, or layers of intellectual groupings and ideas, rather than as conflicts between tower-like states and the elites who run them. Ferguson uses this framework to examine border-jumping networks ranging from the Enlightenment to Al-Qaeda.

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Rolling Back Iran

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The matter of the Middle East is now critical to the fate of modern world order. The end of the Cold War, now a quarter-century in the past, increasingly looks like the turning-point from which began a downward spiral toward the global disarray and dangers which swirl through this still-new twenty-first century. For a short time the international relations sector buzzed with the possibility of “A New World Order” which President George H. W. Bush tried to describe without success. 

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