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2016Monday, September 14, 2015

What’s Holding Back the 2016 Foreign Policy Debate

WHAT’S HOLDING BACK THE 2016 FOREIGN POLICY DEBATE Brian Katulis, Chairman of the Board at NSN September 13, 2015 | WALL STREET JOURNAL Hillary Clinton‘s speech Wednesday about the Iran nuclear deal and the tea-party rally against the deal headlined by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz may help shift foreign policy to a more prominent place in the 2016 presidential campaign. So far, candidates who have raised the topic of national security, including Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, have not gone much beyond sloganeering. And most skirmishes have been retrospective, such as the back and forth between Jeb Bush and Secretary Clinton on Iraq. It’s common this early in a campaign cycle to hear more rhetoric than clear policy positions about the way ahead. But a… Read More ›

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Not Able To Operate: The European Retreat from the Global Stage

Not Able To Operate: The European Retreat from the Global Stage By Jeffrey Witter, NSN Intern August 13, 2015 Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron forcefully argued that the UK needs to step up its efforts to combat ISIL and other Islamic terrorist organizations. Coming on the heels of an ISIL attack on a resort beach in Tunisia that killed at least two dozen British tourists, Cameron called for renewed efforts to combat homegrown Islamic extremism, and announced plans to push Parliament to authorize British airstrikes in Syria as well as Iraq. The move is certainly welcome news to the Obama administration, which has been pushing for increased involvement by coalition partners in the Middle East to combat ISIL. However, the amount of political capital… Read More ›

Friday, September 4, 2015

Scott Walker’s Shallow Posturing on Foreign Policy

America Unintimidated: Scott Walker’s shallow posturing on foreign policy. By John Bradshaw, Executive Director of NSN September 4, 2015 Although he seems to be sinking rapidly in the polls, Scott Walker remains a viable candidate and his continuing effort to stake out a credible foreign policy is relevant because it builds on themes that are representative of most of the rest of the large field of candidates.   In keeping with the general Republican line, Walker’s speech at the Citadel last Friday, read in the lugubrious cadences of a Midwestern preacher, was long on hawkish posturing and short on policy substance. The hollowness of his approach was evident even in the title of his speech:  “America Unintimidated”. Harkening back to his campaign book, “Unintimidated,” which chronicles… Read More ›

Monday, August 31, 2015

John Bradshaw and Julie Smith on Credibility with European Allies

Damaging our credibility with our European allies By Julianne Smith, NSN Board of Directors Member, and John Bradshaw, NSN Executive Director August 31, 2015 | The Hill Hardline conservatives in the U.S. congress who are eager to repudiate the nuclear agreement reached with Iran act as if the deal is just between the U.S. and Iran. The indispensable role of our close European allies hardly gets a mention. This short-sighted approach risks undercutting alliances and partnerships that have been the bedrock of American security for decades, and fails to appreciate the role European partners played in creating the international sanctions regime that brought Iran to the negotiating table. Six countries – not just the United States – negotiated the July 14th Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,… Read More ›

IranNuclear SecurityWednesday, August 19, 2015

Advisory Board Member Daniel Benjamin on Sen. Schumer, Iran Deal

NSN Advisory Board Member Daniel Benjamin on Sen. Schumer, Iran Deal Daniel Benjamin: Schumer’s unconvicing argument August 12, 2015 | NY Daily News Sen. Chuck Schumer owes us more. Although in the statement explaining his opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, he adopts a Solomonic pose and recounts that he has engaged in “deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching,” Schumer’s reasoning is seriously flawed on key issues. He avoids issues that need to be faced squarely, and he delivers judgments that do not hold up under scrutiny. To continue reading, click here. Is Iran About to Unleash a Wave of Terrorism Against the United States? August 13, 2015 | Foreign Policy Yes, some of the potential $150 billion windfall coming to Tehran will help support Assad.… Read More ›

Monday, August 10, 2015

REPORT: F-35, Thunder without Lightning

Thunder without Lightning: The High Costs and Limited Benefits of the F-35 Program Policy Report by Bill French August 2015 The National Security Network (NSN) is pleased to release a new policy report, Thunder without Lightning: The High Costs and Limited Benefits of the F-35. According to our analysis, the F-35 lacks the capabilities to execute its primary mission, and costs too much relative to its predecessors. The Department of Defense should examine ways to reduce its commitment to this albatross of an acquisition program. To read the full report, click here. From the report: “To perform against near-peer adversaries, the F-35 will have to be capable of executing a range of missions, from defeating enemy aircraft to penetrating enemy air defenses to strike surface… Read More ›

CongressIran Nuclear DealMonday, August 10, 2015

NSN Advisory Board Chairman Sandy Berger on the Iran Nuclear Deal

A “No” to Iran Means No Forever By Samuel Berger August 2015 | POLITICO There is a notion cultivated by opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement, attractive to members of Congress under intense pressure to vote no, that congressional rejection of the agreement will enable U.S. negotiators to reach a better deal. The expectation is, that with a further turn of the screws, we can pressure the Iranians to give more and/or we give less. But it can’t happen. The agreement needs to be judged on its merits and the consequences of rejecting it need to be confronted without the illusion that there will be another, easier chance. Opponents cannot escape through a trapped door marked “later.” There is no later, this is the end of… Read More ›

IranNuclear SecurityFriday, August 7, 2015

Sen. Schumer’s Partial Endorsement of the Iran Deal

Sen. Schumer’s partial endorsement of the Iran deal By John Bradshaw, Executive Director of NSN August 7, 2015 Chuck Schumer’s announcement that he will vote to disapprove the Iran deal was not unexpected, but his detailed explanation of his decision contains some surprisingly positive analysis of the agreement.  After citing a number of weaknesses he sees in the first ten years of the deal, Schumer admits that: “Those who argue for the agreement say it is better to have an imperfect deal than to have nothing; that without the agreement, there would be no inspections, no snapback. When you consider only this portion of the deal — nuclear restrictions for the first ten years — that line of thinking is plausible”. Not a ringing endorsement, to be sure, but… Read More ›

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