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War Is The New Normal In Washington

by David Davenportvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, May 17, 2019

I have some bad news for Joe Biden: Donald Trump is not, as Biden said recently, an “aberration” from the bipartisan policymaking he remembers nostalgically in Washington. Biden’s “Republican friends,” and even many of his fellow Democrats, are not waiting eagerly for the kind of collegial dealmaking he says he will bring to Washington. Rather both politics and policy have shifted dramatically from a model of deliberation to one in which war is the new normal.


Sudan On The Cusp Of Democratic Change

by Larry Diamond, Anne Pence, Mohamed Abubakrvia The American Interest
Friday, May 17, 2019

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. Anne Pence was G7/G8 policy advisor at the State Department, senior advisor to the US MCC, a USAID Mission economist in Sudan and is on the Advisory Board of the African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL). Mohamed Abubakr, a Sudanese human rights activist, is President of AMEL.

Analysis and Commentary

If We Go To War With Iran, Blame President Jimmy Carter

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, May 16, 2019

immy Carter may be the one to blame if President Trump goes to war with Iran, thanks to his handed-down Carter Doctrine. The 94-year old ex-president is recovering from a turkey shoot hip injury, but while he was in the White House refusing to pardon Thanksgiving turkeys, he changed the course of America’s Iran policy.


Samuel Tadros: The Sorrows Of Egypt, Revisited

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Hudson Institute
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Samuel Tadros discusses whether Egypt still has a place in the US grand strategy.


The Syrian Paradox

by Col Timothy "Papa" Murphyvia The Washington Times
Thursday, February 14, 2019

We need to stay in Syria, and it has very little to do with ISIS.

The U.S. Army In The Iraq War – Volume 1: Invasion – Insurgency – Civil War, 2003-2006

by Colonel Joel Rayburn
Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Iraq War has been the costliest U.S. conflict since the Vietnam War. To date, few official studies have been conducted to review what happened, why it happened, and what lessons should be drawn.

In the News

Shah Of Iran Modernized His Nation But Vacillated In Crisis

quoting Abbas Milanivia The News Tribune
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
At the height of his power in 1971, Iran's Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi drew world leaders to a wind-swept luxury tent city, offering a lavish banquet of food flown in from Paris to celebrate 2,500 years of Persian monarchy in the ruins of Persepolis.

The Departure Of Mattis And Engagements In The Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, December 21, 2018

The near-destruction of ISIS in a matter of months (losing 99 percent of its landed caliphate), the restoration of sound defense budgeting, a reestablished sense of deterrence, and stable recalibration with allies were the signature achievements of James Mattis. And it seems a mistake not to have him finish a four-year stint at Defense.

In the News

Pulling Out Of Syria Is The Right Move

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Chicago Tribune
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria can’t be taken at face value. His impulsive, unpredictable and uninformed style of operation always leaves the possibility that whatever he promises today will be discarded tomorrow. But if he actually follows through, it would be a net plus.

Analysis and Commentary

Winter 2018 Supplement For Bradley & Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law: Cases And Materials

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Here is the Winter 2018 Supplement for Bradley & Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed. 2017). These materials cover, among many other things, the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii (the “travel ban” case), which is excerpted with questions; the Supreme Court’s decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank concerning corporate liability under the Alien Tort Statute; the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal; legal issues raised by U.S. missile strikes against Syria; President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; and the debates and litigation concerning “sanctuary jurisdictions.”