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THE FAR-RIGHT FRINGE ORIGINS OF ISLAMOPHOBIC AND ANTI-REFUGEE POLITICS
J. Dana Stuster
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PRESS CALL: GETTING THE FACTS ON BENGHAZI

Derek Chollet, Matthew Olsen, John Bradshaw (moderator)
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REPORT: THUNDER WITHOUT LIGHTNING

THE HIGH COSTS AND LIMITED BENEFITS OF THE F-35 PROGRAM
Bill French
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POLICY BRIEF: THE LIMITS OF IRAN'S REGIONAL AMBITIONS

How Iran’s Foreign Policy is Failing
J. Dana Stuster
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John Bradshaw Quoted on Reaganism in AFP

Reagan still Republicans’ reference point for White House seekers By Ivan Couronne April 18, 2015 | AFP Washington (AFP) – Barack Obama is weak and Ronald Reagan exuded power, Republicans say. But while conservative White House hopefuls revere the 1980s president as a foreign-policy icon, oversimplifying Reaganism may mask nuances… Read More ›

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Hyperbole is not a Strategy

Hyperbole is not a Strategy December 18, 2015 While all the candidates on the Republican debate stage in Las Vegas criticized Democrats on national security issues, very few of them presented anything resembling a clear strategy for tackling the threats facing the United States. Instead, they substituted tough talk, threats,… Read More ›

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A Dangerously Confused AUMF Discussion in Congress as Escalation Looms

A Dangerously Confused AUMF Discussion in Congress as Escalation Looms March 13, 2015 Earlier this week, top officials appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the Obama Administration’s proposed authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey took part in a conversation that highlighted several areas of concern for which additional focus is warranted going forward. In particular, the hearing added confusion to the proposed definition of “associated forces” and how it is currently interpreted or could be interpreted in the future. The hearing also confirmed the proposed language that would prohibit “enduring offensive ground combat operations” lacks significant meaning. The discussion highlighted that the Administration is increasingly comfortable relying on 2001 AUMF authority to prosecute the war and that they believe they could revert to 2001 authority should an Islamic State-specific authorization expire. Finally, back-and-forth during the hearing and related statements by top Republican senators indicate there is a real chance that the war against the Islamic State could escalate to taking action against Bashar al-Assad – and that some Republicans want to put… Read More ›

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A Bumper Crop of Banana(s) Republicans | John Bradshaw

A Bumper Crop of Banana(s) Republicans By John Bradshaw March 18, 2015 | Huffington Post One of the ironies of life in Washington is that those most concerned with American credibility are often working the hardest to undermine it. Under the new “Cotton doctrine,” unveiled in the now-infamous letter from Senator Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican Senators to the government of Iran, America’s commitments are only good for as long as the President who signed them remains in office. This is the way banana republics do business, not the United States. It’s an approach unworthy of our diplomatic traditions, and one that damages our ability to work with other nations and exercise international leadership. As a former U.S. diplomat who served overseas under both Republican and Democratic presidents, I represented the United States, not the party in power in the White House. Whatever our political views, my colleagues and I were professionally obligated to secure America’s long-term interests, not to service transient political needs. We took that commitment seriously, because the many hundreds of international agreements that the U.S. is party to rely on its status as a credible partner, invested in the international system — a system it… Read More ›

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Republican Pentagon Proposal: Gimmicks Inside Gimmicks

Yesterday, House Republicans released a budget that included a massive increase in Pentagon spending to $613 billion for Fiscal Year 2016. The core of the proposal is a $39 billion plus-up to the Department of Defense by funding Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) accounts at artificially high levels so that OCO money can be spent on what should really be base-budget functions. Because OCO is not covered by the Budget Control Act spending caps, the proposal amounts to a massive budget gimmick that would skirt the budget caps on the Department of Defense by playing a budgetary shell game with funds roughly the size of the GDP of Lebanon. In fact, the gimmick is so brazen that it has been harshly criticized by top Republicans themselves. Also featured in the House’s budget proposal – and a reported feature of the Senate’s upcoming proposal as well – are so-called “deficit-neutral” reserve funds that would give the Pentagon additional money taken from cuts to Medicare. House Republicans are proposing a massive increase in Pentagon spending funded by budget gimmicks that abuse OCO war funding. “The House Budget Committee released its non-binding fiscal 2016 budget resolution on Tuesday, proposing Congress spend $523 billion for defense, which… Read More ›

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