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The Right Call: Benghazi Suspect to be Tried in Civilian Court

June 30, 2014

On Saturday, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind behind the Benghazi attack, appeared in a Washington, D.C., court to plead not guilty to charges of conspiring to support terrorism. Khatallah’s arraignment in an Article III federal court has prompted outrage from conservatives who claim Khatallah should be tried as an enemy combatant or war criminal, […]

Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: Vigilance Required

June 27, 2014

Yesterday, the White House submitted its Fiscal Year 2015 request for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. The request totaled $65.8 billion – what would be the  fifth highest-funded military in the world if it were a stand-alone force – $58.6 billion of which is slated for the Pentagon. While modestly below last year’s $80 billion, […]

Top Issues with the Declassified Drone Memo

June 25, 2014

Earlier in the week, a classified Department of Justice memo was released by court order that laid out the legal reasoning for the targeting of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen and accused member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who was killed in 2011 by a drone strike in Yemen. Despite its heavily-redacted format, […]

Iran Nuclear Negotiations in the Home Stretch

June 23, 2014

The latest round of the P5+1 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program concluded last Friday. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said on Friday that “conversations this week have been very tough but constructive,” and stressed that “we are at a very crucial moment in these negotiations.” The negotiations have made significant progress […]

President Obama to Send Advisors: What’s Next for Iraq?

June 20, 2014

  Yesterday, in response to the startlingly effective offensive against the Iraqi government by a coalition of groups led by the jihadist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), President Obama announced that he is “prepared to send a small number of additional American military advisors – up to 300 – to assess […]

5 Conservative Myths on the Khatallah Raid

June 18, 2014

  Over the weekend, a joint team of U.S. Special Forces and law enforcement operatives apprehended Ahmed Abu Khatallah in Libya, the alleged mastermind behind the 2012 Benghazi attack. His apprehension marks a major step forward in delivering justice for the attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Unfortunately, […]

What the U.S. Can (and Can’t) Do for Iraq

June 16, 2014

  Baghdad today is under threat from an aggressive military offensive led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the violent jihadist organization formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq. ISIS’ advance and aspirations of establishing an Islamic-fundamentalist emirate that spans much of the Middle East threatens the nascent democracy the United States helped […]

Major General Paul Eaton (Ret.) on Iraqi Soldiers

June 13, 2014

  NSN Senior Advisor Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.) was assigned to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he designed, manned, trained, and equipped the Iraqi armed forces for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the security forces for the Interior Ministry. In this […]

Getting to Yes with Iran

June 11, 2014

  Iranian negotiators are holding bilateral talks with U.S., French, Russian, and German delegations this week in Geneva ahead of the resumption of P5+1 talks on June 16. “The exchange” with American negotiators “helped us better understand each others’ positions,” an Iranian official told Al-Monitor. Negotiations are entering a tense phase as the deadline for […]

U.S. Leadership in Addressing the Climate Change Threat to Global Security

June 9, 2014

  Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the United States will sharply curb emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants between now and 2030. This is an important step forward in addressing the security threat posed by climate change, which is a key driver of international conflict and which if left unchecked […]

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