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Analysis and Commentary

Iran’s Attack On Saudi Arabia Reveals Our Foreign Policy Muddle

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

We're stuck in fossilized paradigms while our enemies grow stronger.

IntroductionAnalysis and Commentary

The Unbalanced

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Balance is one of the innate concepts of the human condition, vital but never entirely attainable. Aristotle concludes his Politics with the imperative in every society of seeking a balance between the male “Dorian” and female “Phrygian” modes – not necessarily gendered but a human necessity all the same. Balance in baseball is a goal; the American League’s long streak of victories over the National League in the All-Star Games is concerning to the keepers of the sport. And, most obviously, the balance-of-power doctrine in matters of war and diplomacy are as old as these arts themselves.

In the News

'Arrogance': Mattis Co-Author Bing West Says US Efforts To Transform Iraq And Afghanistan Were Doomed

featuring General Jim Mattisvia The Washington Examiner
Sunday, September 15, 2019

When Henry Kissinger told James Mattis he should write a book about his more than four decades in the Marine Corps, it was no surprise he chose fellow Marine Bing West to help him. West, 79, the author of 10 books about combat, had known Mattis for nearly two decades by the time he was tapped to be the co-author of Call Sign Chaos, a memoir which weaves leadership lessons with Mattis' experiences in the military.

Analysis and Commentary

John Bolton’s Baby Was Bombing Iran. Now What?

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Friday, September 13, 2019

Iran and America are entering an intense face-off phase now that the NSC’s John Bolton is no longer around to push for bombing Tehran.

The American Public Supports New START Will The Trump Administration?

quoting Michael McFaul
Friday, September 13, 2019

For anyone who thought endorsing arms control was controversial or partisan, a recent survey shows impressive public support for extending the New START treaty, which is otherwise set to expire in 2021. The think tank Data for Progress partnered with the data science firm Civis Analytics to conduct surveys on sixteen different policies that the organization collectively dubs “The New Progressive Agenda.” The list includes a host of domestic policies such as paid family leave and automatic voter registration, but also foreign policy issues such as ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia and extending the New START treaty.

In the News

The Ghosts Of Past Wars Live On In A Critical Archive

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia War on the Rocks
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The United States will soon deploy soldiers to Afghanistan born after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Next August will mark the 30th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, along with the subsequent American-led military buildup leading to Operation Desert Storm in January 1991. The American military has been directly engaged in the “greater Middle East” since. For the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, the experience of war has extended longer, with this December marking the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and next September the same for Iraq’s invasion of Iran. 

Featured

In The Deepfake Era, Counterterrorism Is Harder

by Amy Zegartvia The Atlantic
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

After failing to detect the 9/11 plot, spy agencies reinvented themselves for an age of terrorism, but a new generation of technological threats requires a new round of reforms.

Interviews

Condoleezza Rice 'Relieved' After Cancellation Of Taliban Talks

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Fox News
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice said she's "relieved" that the US walked away from talks with the Taliban concerning the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Featured

Condoleezza Rice: The Taliban Believed We Wanted A Peace Agreement More Than They Did

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Fox News Radio
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses her new book To Build A Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth. Rice notes that President Trump made the right decision to cancel meeting with the Taliban at Camp David, and Rice also believes that keeping a military presence in Afghanistan is important to make sure Afghanistan does not go back to a place that allowed 9/11 to happen.

Condoleezza Rice gives the before-dinner remarks titled “US Global Leadership?”
Interviews

Condoleezza Rice: "I'm Relieved" That U.S. Walked Away From Talks With Taliban

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CBS News
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice said she's "relieved" that the US walked away from talks with the Taliban concerning the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

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