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J. Dana Stuster
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Derek Chollet, Matthew Olsen, John Bradshaw (moderator)
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How Iran’s Foreign Policy is Failing
J. Dana Stuster
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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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Ethics and New Defense Technology | Tobias Gibson

Ethics and New Defense Technology By Tobias Gibson March 3, 2015 | The Hill “What did you dream? It’s alright we told you what to dream.” — Pink Floyd, “Welcome to the Machine” Recently, there have been two trends, which when combined have a potential disconcerting impact for the future. First, with the rise of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers and educational opportunities, there has been a move to limit or cut the study in, and of, traditional liberal arts disciplines such as history, English and philosophy. The idea seems to be that STEM fields do not require the understanding of something as “soft” as culture or ethics. At the same time, there is very clearly a move toward increasing dependence on, and use of, emerging technology. Some include advanced technology in everyday activities, such as the imminent emergence of the “Internet of things.” Some, however, include more efficient weapons on battlefields, in naval combat and in the air, quite frankly continuing the process from war being a human endeavor to one melding humankind and machines into mechanized warriors. Indeed, the U.S. military is proudly designing the Iron Man “suit.” This suit is the play thing of a fictional billionaire playboy superhero, but may eventually… Read More ›

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Sen. Cotton’s Reckless Iran Letter: Wrong on Facts, Disingenuous in Intent

Sen. Cotton’s Reckless Iran Letter: Wrong on Facts, Disingenuous in Intent March 9, 2015 While U.S. negotiators and their P5+1 colleagues prepare to enter a new round of talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Switzerland next weekend, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) released today the text of an open letter to the Iranian government signed by himself and 46 Republican senators. The pedantic letter begins by noting that Iran’s leadership “may not fully understand our constitutional system” before a discussion of treaty ratification and term limits. “[W]e will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time,” Sen. Cotton writes, before concluding that he hopes this message “promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.” As NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw said this morning, “The letter was organized by a freshman senator from Arkansas with little foreign policy experience and it is an embarrassing, passive aggressive effort to undermine U.S. international policy. It’s also factually… Read More ›

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Why the U.S. Should Not Arm Ukraine Right Now

Why the U.S. Should Not Arm Ukraine Right Now March 6, 2015 Today, members of Congress and outside voices are continuing the push to send lethal aid to Kiev. These calls are ill-timed, especially while a tenuous ceasefire seems to have taken hold pursuant to the Minsk II agreement reached last month between European powers, Ukraine, and Russia. While the future of the ceasefire remains very much in doubt, a decision to send arms to Kiev now would carry more cost than benefits, undermining rather than protecting U.S. and European interests. Top costs include inducing Russian escalation, giving Putin political cover to violate the ceasefire, and undermining transatlantic unity in confronting Moscow’s aggression. Despite these costs, American arms will not empower Kiev to successfully resist any renewed Russian aggression by force. A better course of action – though still less than optimal – is to continue coordination with European partners to prepare an as robust-as-possible economic response to potential future Russian violations of the ceasefire. Meanwhile, the United States can continue to use the presence of its military forces in Europe to reassure NATO allies and demonstrate to Moscow that Washington’s commitment to collective defense is rock solid. Arms to… Read More ›

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