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IraqIslamic StateSyriaWednesday, February 18, 2015

6 Key Takeaways on Confronting the Islamic State

6 Key Takeaways on Confronting the Islamic State February 18, 2015 Today, the Obama Administration is convening a summit on countering violent extremism. Representatives from more than 60 countries are meeting to discuss ways to prevent radicalization and terrorism. The summit illustrates that fighting terrorist groups like the Islamic State is about more than military strategy in Iraq and Syria. As Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.) notes in NSN’s new report, Confronting the Islamic State: An Assessment of U.S. Strategic Options, “the choices facing policymakers are characterized by problems far more complex than fine-tuning a military strategy and the question of boots or no boots on the ground. Counter-ideology, diplomacy, economics, and politics at home and abroad all play a role.”  Nonetheless, most current strategic… Read More ›

AUMFIslamic StateTuesday, February 17, 2015

Lyle Denniston Quotes NSN on Obama’s ISIL AUMF

Constitution Check: Is the President actually giving up some of his war powers? By Lyle Denniston February 17, 2015 | Yahoo News President Obama has won significant praise, from scholars, pundits and some politicians, for his action last week in recommending limits on a new move to wage military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He proposed a three-year time limit on that authority, and a lack of permission for extensive use of U.S. ground troops against ISIL. He also asked Congress explicitly to repeal a 2002 resolution that had authorized the U.S. military invasion of Iraq. As the President conceded, however, he explicitly declined to ask for repeal of the 9/11 authorization – the warmaking power that Congress had authorized against the… Read More ›

IraqIslamic StateSyriaTuesday, February 17, 2015

REPORT: Confronting the Islamic State

Confronting the Islamic State: An Assessment of U.S. Strategic Options Policy Report by J. Dana Stuster and Bill French Foreword by Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.) February 2015 The National Security Network (NSN) is pleased to release a new policy report,Confronting the Islamic State: An Assessment of U.S. Strategic Options. The report, which features a foreword by NSN Senior Advisor Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.), reframes the debate on U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria. NSN Policy Analysts Dana Stuster and Bill French analyze the full field of strategies to counter the Islamic State proposed by experts and outline a new approach to combat it. To read the full report, click here. Confronting the Islamic State categorizes the various strategic proposals into four camps: those… Read More ›

AUMFIslamic StateFriday, February 13, 2015

Daily Kos Quotes NSN on the Islamic State AUMF

Okaying an AUMF against ISIL may prove impossible, but that won’t stop U.S. military action By Meteor Blades February 13, 2015 | Daily Kos As worded, President Obama’s proposed authorization to use military force against the murderous extremists of ISIL would guarantee more years of perpetual war. It would permit attacks against a wide range of targets. It would set no effective curb over the use of combat troops. It would not repeal the broad 2001 “war on terror” AUMF that has been used to take military action pretty much anywhere the Bush and Obama administrations have chosen. Congress ought to reject the ISIL AUMF in its current form and repeal not just the 2002 Iraq AUMF as Obama’s proposal would do, but the 2001 AUMF… Read More ›

2001 AUMFAUMFIraqIslamic StateSyriaWednesday, February 11, 2015

Obama’s ISIL AUMF: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Obama’s ISIL AUMF: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly This morning, the White House sent Congress the text of its proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State. The proposed legislation includes strengths and weaknesses that deserve careful analysis and debate. Overall, the proposal would set important, if imperfect, limits on the war against the Islamic State, including: a three-year sunset clause, a careful definition of associated forces, and the repeal of the 2002 AUMF. But the proposal also includes a number of significant problems, including: a faux prohibition on large-scale ground combat operations that is effectively meaningless because of extremely poor wording, a lack of geographic limits, the potential application to ill-defined future “successors” of the Islamic State, and… Read More ›

AUMFIslamic StateWednesday, February 11, 2015

NSN Statement: Obama’s ISIL AUMF

Obama’s ISIL AUMF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2015 Washington, D.C. – John Bradshaw, Executive Director of the National Security Network, a progressive and pragmatic messaging and policy group focused on foreign policy and national security, offered the following statement in response to President Obama’s submission of an Authorization to Use Military Force against the Islamic State: The AUMF proposed by the Administration contains some important limitations, including a sunset clause, that reflect lessons learned from the blank check AUMF passed by Congress in 2001. Attempts to effectively define the forces the U.S. will be fighting against and to limit the role of combat ground forces are welcome although both are problematic and can be improved. The failure to define the role of the 2001… Read More ›

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Top 5 Questions for Ashton Carter’s Confirmation Hearing

Top 5 Questions for Ashton Carter’s Confirmation Hearing Later this week, the Senate is scheduled to consider Ashton Carter’s nomination for Secretary of Defense. New leadership at the Pentagon provides an opportunity for policy changes that require careful thought and effective dialogue with Congress. The nomination hearing can begin this process by digging into some of the critical questions facing the Department of Defense and its role in foreign policy, including the future of Overseas Contingency Operations funding, fiscal discipline at the Pentagon, the way forward on the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the fight against the Islamic State, and potential changes with U.S. involvement in the war in Ukraine. On these critical issues to the future of U.S. defense policy, key questions include: With the… Read More ›

Saudi ArabiaTuesday, January 27, 2015

John Bradshaw on Morning Briefing Discusses U.S.-Saudi Relations

January 27, 2015 | POTUS, The Morning Briefing   In his interview on “The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley,” John Bradshaw, Executive Director of NSN discussed President Obama’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia following the passing of the late Saudi King. John Bradshaw highlights that the new Saudi leadership marks an opportunity to redefine U.S.-Saudi relations and discusses its implications for security, human rights and the ongoing tensions regarding U.S. sanctions against Iran.     To see the original posting, click here. Read More ›

AQAPYemenFriday, January 23, 2015

What Comes Next in Yemen

What Comes Next in Yemen January 23, 2015 Yemen entered a new political crisis this week as President Abdu Rabu Mansur Hadi and his Prime Minister and cabinet announced their resignation rather than comply with demands from the country’s Houthi Movement. The collapse of the government makes it unclear who – if anyone – is in charge of the country; some factions within Yemen are trying to exploit the new political vacuum, and the situation has far reaching effects for U.S. counterterrorism operations and the geopolitics of the region. However, alarmist claims that the country is collapsing into a terrorist state are wildly overblown – Yemen faces an uncertain future that will be decided by disputing factions that may turn violent, but this does not… Read More ›

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