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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 ›

IranP5+1 TalkssanctionsWednesday, January 21, 2015

Paul Eaton Cheers Continuing Demise of Iran Sanctions Bill

Top retired General cheers continuing demise of Iran sanctions bill January 21, 2015 | Vet Voice Foundation  Washington, DC – With rumors swirling that sponsors of an Iran sanctions bill are struggling to find Democratic support, and a veto threat issued by President Obama in last night’s State of the Union, a major veterans organization is optimistic that diplomatic efforts to end Iran’s nuclear ambitions will continue. “Interference by Congress won’t strengthen our negotiators’ hand, it will make it harder for them to do their job,” said Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton, Managing Director of the Vet Voice Foundation. “Diplomacy is far more likely to work without backseat driving from Congress.  Congress has the responsibility to do everything it can before putting American troops in harm’s way… Read More ›

Asia RebalanceCongressCubaIranT-TIPTPPWednesday, January 21, 2015

Implementing Obama’s “Smarter Kind of American Leadership”

Implementing Obama’s “Smarter Kind of American Leadership” Last night, President Obama in his State of the Union address touched on a host of national security issues of critical importance to the United States and international community. While his discussion of national security was broad, a key theme running through his address was the forward-looking need to reinforce America’s global position and security in the 21stcentury by emphasizing diplomatic and economic power. This “smarter kind of American leadership” applies to a number of issues, but the President’s comments on Asia, Iran, Cuba, trade strategy, and climate security in particular demonstrate the value of careful and relentless global engagement to producing results. Now armed with a clear agenda, the Administration and Congress need to work together to… Read More ›

CongressIranP5+1 TalksWednesday, January 14, 2015

Misguided New Iran Measures in Congress would Scuttle Negotiations

Misguided New Iran Measures in Congress would Scuttle Negotiations U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva today ahead of the start of the next round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program. Negotiators are working to reach a political agreement by March and a technical plan for implementation by July, in accordance with an extension of the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), which has facilitated the talks. Under the JPOA, Iran has allowed international inspections, frozen its nuclear program, and reduced its stockpile of enriched uranium. Negotiators now have a real chance to strike a deal that would prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. However, some members of Congress are pushing legislation… Read More ›

IraqIslamic StateMonday, January 12, 2015

7 News Quotes Paul Eaton on Military Response to the Islamic State

Islamic State: US facing long war to retake Iraqi territory and defeat Islamist insurgents By Michael Vincent January 12, 2015 | 7 News The messaging from the Obama administration has been mixed. The president has said he is not Iraq’s air force. But, for now, he clearly is. So far the US Congress is backing him, budgeting $US5 billion for the air strikes and army training over the next nine months. US secretary of state John Kerry clearly expects a concerted ground campaign against Islamic State soon. He told a Washington DC forum on Mid East relations on December 7 that “Iraq’s national army is preparing to launch a counter-offensive. And we are confident that they will do so when the time is right, not… Read More ›

AUMFCubaIranIslamic StateRussiaT-TIPTPPUkraineTuesday, January 6, 2015

Morning Briefing Interviews John Bradshaw on 2015 Foreign Policy Challenges

January 6, 2015 | POTUS, The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley John Bradshaw discussing foreign policy challenges of 2015 – reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, authorizing use of military force against the Islamic State, closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, U.S.-Russian relations and Ukraine, and trade – with Tim Farley on the Morning Brief. To view the original posting, click here.  Read More ›

AUMFGuantanamoIranRussiaT-TIPTPPMonday, January 5, 2015

Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges for 2015

Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges for 2015 Tomorrow, the new Congress is set to begin its first session amid a flurry of near- and mid-term foreign policy challenges that it will have the ability to affect for better or worse. Issues looming large include negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program as conservatives once again consider new counterproductive sanctions, the war against the Islamic State as American forces are being exposed to increased risk, the fate of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as the transfer of prisoners picks up pace, managing America’s security interest in sustained nonproliferation cooperation with Russia even as Moscow misbehaves in Eastern Europe, and potentially divisive trade agreements under negotiation. On all of these issues, an effective relationship between Congress and… Read More ›

diplomacyRussiaSyriaSaturday, December 13, 2014

Paul Eaton quoted by Sputnik International on Possible Syrian Peace Talks with Russia

US ‘Better Off’ Negotiating Syrian Peace Talks With Russia: Major General December 13, 2014 | Sputnik International “The US administration should use every opportunity to negotiate a Syrian peace deal with Russia, retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton has told Sputnik. ‘Any opportunity that you can sit down and talk, and negotiate with your friends or opponents, the better off we are,’ Eaton said Friday when asked whether the Obama administration should take up the recent Russian offer to relaunch talks to settle the conflict in Syria. ‘Any opportunity you can to sit down with Russian negotiators should be taken [because] the outcome can always be a negotiated result,’ Eaton stressed, saying ‘it is better to jaw-jaw, than to war-war’, referring to a quote by former British prime minister Winston Churchill. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday that if Syrian officials wanted to meet in Moscow, he would discuss the issue… Read More ›

AUMFIslamic StateMonday, December 8, 2014

Congress Needs to Step up to the Plate and Pass an Islamic State AUMF

Congress Needs to Step up to the Plate and Pass an Islamic State AUMF This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to conduct a hearing on an Islamic State Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and work on draft legislation. The hearing and legislative process in the Committee is expected to be contentious with uncertain prospects for any piece of legislation to move forward during the limited time left for this Congress. Nonetheless, Congress has the responsibility to act decisively as soon as possible, especially given that the war has far exceeded the 60-day limit under the War Powers Resolution and Congress is preparing to authorize and appropriate new funds for the conflict. In acting, Congress should apply the lessons from the… Read More ›

IranP5+1 TalksWednesday, December 3, 2014

Iran Extension Is a Good Deal – Don’t Stop Now

Iran Extension Is a Good Deal – Don’t Stop Now Congressional hawks are readying new sanctions against Iran despite last week’s extension of the negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 nations to resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. The extension of the interim agreement, the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), imposes further restrictions on Iran’s program: In addition to halting all nuclear enrichment, Iran will freeze its development of new centrifuges and further reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium, extending its potential breakout time. Iran must also allow more frequent and intrusive inspections of its nuclear facilities. The extension has many vocal supporters in Congress who recognize the benefit of rolling back Iran’s nuclear program and preserving the potential for a peaceful, negotiated agreement.… Read More ›

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