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Monday, September 21, 2015

Is Republican Narrative on National Security Drawing on 2014 Playbook?

IS REPUBLICAN NARRATIVE ON NATIONAL SECURITY DRAWING ON 2014 PLAYBOOK? Brian Katulis, Chairman of the Board at NSN September 18, 2015 | WALL STREET JOURNAL Five hours of debate among Republican presidential candidates Wednesday provided some insights into GOP views on national security. Sharp internal divisions remain, but glimmers of a new overall political narrative have started to emerge. Republicans have been in political disarray on foreign policy since at least 2010 over the Iraq war, the new START arms-control agreement, and defense spending. These internal divides help explain why Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign offered a lot of rhetoric on the Middle East uprisings but no sharp substantive policy contrast to the Obama administration… Republican vulnerabilities include a lack of clear details on what they would… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

PakistanMonday, July 27, 2015

Imagine, a Good News Story on Pakistan

Imagine, a Good News Story on Pakistan By Tara Sonenshine, Member of the NSN Advisory Board July 27, 2015 | The Hill We are so used to stories about Pakistan that include terrorism, violence, bombs and bullets. Similarly, we are used to stories about failed foreign aid, fraud, waste, abuse, charities that don’t do what they promise and a growing sense that we have so many problems at home, so why bother doing anything abroad? Into that cynical vortex comes a Washington Post story with a very different and welcome message about a part of Pakistan that is using outside money and inside determination to prove the critics wrong and remind us why we should care and why we should support cross-cultural engagement. In a remote… Read More ›

IranNuclear SecurityFriday, July 24, 2015

How India Could Benefit From the Iran Nuclear Deal

How India Could Benefit From the Iran Nuclear Deal By Brian Katulis, Chairman of the NSN Board of Directors July 24, 2015 | WSJ The Obama administration took an important step to advance America’s security in completing the comprehensive joint plan of action, or CJPoA. The deal negotiated in Vienna represents the best of the available options for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program. It avoids both the hazards and uncertainties of military action, and provides a strong international framework for stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. If the Iran nuclear deal moves forward without major hitches, India could be one of the few countries to have deepening relations with countries strongly at odds with one another. The evolving geopolitics of the broader Middle East… Read More ›

IranNuclear SecurityTuesday, July 21, 2015

A Framework for Stopping Iran from Getting Nuclear Weapons

A framework for stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons By Brian Katulis, Chairman of the NSN Board of Directors July 19, 2015 | Providence Journal The Obama administration took an important step to advance America’s security in completing the comprehensive joint plan of action, or CJPoA. The deal negotiated in Vienna represents the best of the available options for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program. It avoids both the hazards and uncertainties of military action, and provides a strong international framework for stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. One interesting aspect of the debate sparked last week by the Iran deal is that most critics are unclear about what they would propose as an alternative to the current deal – it is not clear that… Read More ›

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