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REPORT: Ending the Endless War

August 12, 2014

An Incremental Approach to Repealing the 2001 AUMF By Bill French with John Bradshaw August 2014 The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF)  passed in 2001 is unique among other such authorizations in American history in that it includes no limitations in time, geography, operations, or a named enemy, as this report documents […]

Seeing Past the Theatrics on the Iran Debate

July 30, 2014

The NSN Daily Update will be on hiatus during the congressional August recess and return in September. Hearings on Capitol Hill yesterday on the Iran nuclear talks produced serious testimony by Administration witnesses but also enabled considerable uninformed showboating by opponents of a diplomatic agreement with Iran. Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political […]

The Case for Repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF

July 28, 2014

As the debate continues over how the United States should respond to the Islamic State, the Administration last week reiterated its calls to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Indeed, the need for an effective response to the Islamic State not only coincides with the need to repeal the Iraq […]

The Islamic State and al-Qaeda: Threat Inflation and Conflation

July 25, 2014

  Today, large areas of the Iraq-Syria border region remain under control of the Islamic State, a violent Salafi jihadist organization that has declared the territory a new caliphate under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Members of the Obama Administration appeared before Congress this week to testify about the organization and the threat it […]

Increasing Pressure on Russia to Resolve the Ukraine Conflict

July 23, 2014

  Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in eastern Ukraine, the West faces challenges in coordinating a significant increase in pressure on Russia to bring an end to the regional conflict.  Thus far, relatively modest sanctions by the United States and Europe have been effective in imposing costs on the Russian economy […]

Iran Nuclear Talks: Extension Builds on Positive Momentum

July 21, 2014

On Friday night, P5+1 and Iranian diplomats announced a plan to extend the nuclear negotiations past the July 20 deadline for the Joint Plan of Action that has frozen Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for modest sanctions relief. Under the terms of the extension, Iran’s nuclear enrichment program will remain frozen and it will continue […]

Stopping the Dangerous Political Games with State Department Nominees

July 16, 2014

    Fueled by conservative obstructionism, over 50 nominees for top posts at the Department of State remain unconfirmed by the U.S. Senate, including over 40 nominees for ambassador positions. But the foot-dragging is not motivated by substantive concerns regarding most of the nominees. Instead, conservative obstructionism appears to be primarily a politically motivated retaliation […]

Understanding a Potential Iran Nuclear Deal

July 14, 2014

  Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are in Vienna this week as Iran and the P5+1 attempt to conclude negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program prior to the July 20 deadline. After a meeting between Kerry and Zarif on Sunday, Zarif noted that the two had “made some important […]

Critical Issues in the Senate Defense Appropriations Bill

July 11, 2014

  As the Senate begins consideration of Pentagon spending next week, several issues in the proposed defense budget warrant closer scrutiny. The Defense Appropriations Bill will be marked up at the subcommittee level next week and legislators should pay careful attention to  the Administration’s proposals for a Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF) and European Reassurance Initiative […]

What Afghanistan’s Election Crisis Means for Kabul, the Taliban, and the United States

July 9, 2014

  The divisive Afghan elections have escalated into a crisis. Preliminary results from the June 14 presidential election run-off, released on Monday, showed Ashraf Ghani leading with 56.4% of the vote, ahead of Abdullah Abdullah’s 43.6%, but millions of votes reportedly remain under review amid accusations of fraud. Abdullah’s campaign has leveled accusations of fraud […]

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