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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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THE HIGH COSTS AND LIMITED BENEFITS OF THE F-35 PROGRAM
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How Iran’s Foreign Policy is Failing
J. Dana Stuster
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NSN’s AUMF Paper Discussed in Just Security

The Washington Post Editorial Board’s (Mis)Conception of Congress’s Role in War Authorizations By Ryan Goodman December 16, 2014 | Just Security It is unclear how the Post derives its understanding of the proper role of Congress—but if its assessment is based on a sense of historical practices, that view is deeply misguided.… Read More ›

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Paul Eaton quoted by Sputnik International on Possible Syrian Peace Talks with Russia

US ‘Better Off’ Negotiating Syrian Peace Talks With Russia: Major General December 13, 2014 | Sputnik International “The US administration should use every opportunity to negotiate a Syrian peace deal with Russia, retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton has told Sputnik. ‘Any opportunity that you can sit down and talk, and negotiate with your friends or opponents, the better off we are,’ Eaton said Friday when… 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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Asia and the PacificClimate and Human SecurityAsia RebalanceCongressCubaIranT-TIPTPP

Implementing Obama’s “Smarter Kind of American Leadership”

Implementing Obama’s “Smarter Kind of American Leadership” Last night, President Obama in his State of the Union address touched on a host of national security issues of critical importance to the United States and international community. While his discussion of national security was broad, a key theme running through his address was the forward-looking need to reinforce America’s global position and security in the 21stcentury by emphasizing diplomatic and economic power. This “smarter kind of American leadership” applies to a number of issues, but the President’s comments on Asia, Iran, Cuba, trade strategy, and climate security in particular demonstrate the value of careful and relentless global engagement to producing results. Now armed with a clear agenda, the Administration and Congress need to work together to implement policies with sustained and coordinated follow-through. Only by getting the details right can the big picture come together. Successfully implementing the Asia rebalance requires deeper follow-through for effective diplomatic engagement with the core region of the 21st century. The President renewed his commitment to sustain rebalancing American resources and attention to the Asia-Pacific. While strong foundations have been set down, more is ultimately needed. A major report by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee explained, “The United… Read More ›

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Conservatives Use False Claims to Justify New Gitmo Bill

Conservatives Use False Claims to Justify New Gitmo Bill This week, as the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay enters its 13th year of operation, Senate conservatives proposed new legislation that would prevent the transfer of any of the remaining detainees for the next two years, stymieing progress towards its closure. The bill’s sponsors – Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – have said the bill is a response to concerns that repatriated detainees could turn to terrorism once released, but this fear is misplaced and based on inaccurate representations of the data on recidivism rates of former detainees. The much greater risk comes from allowing the detention facility to remain open. Politicians from both sides of the aisle – including President Obama, President George W. Bush, and also Sen. McCain – have all advocated for its closure, as have more than 50 retired flag officers. There are responsible ways to mitigate the threat of recidivism, but the legislation does not address the issue and instead effectively extends the operation of a facility that continues to damage U.S. alliances and threaten national security. The expansive bill would halt all detainee transfers… Read More ›

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Misguided New Iran Measures in Congress would Scuttle Negotiations

Misguided New Iran Measures in Congress would Scuttle Negotiations U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva today ahead of the start of the next round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program. Negotiators are working to reach a political agreement by March and a technical plan for implementation by July, in accordance with an extension of the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), which has facilitated the talks. Under the JPOA, Iran has allowed international inspections, frozen its nuclear program, and reduced its stockpile of enriched uranium. Negotiators now have a real chance to strike a deal that would prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. However, some members of Congress are pushing legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran or require congressional approval of a deal. These actions would scuttle negotiations, lose the JPOA’s gains in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program, and squander this critical diplomatic opportunity. Congress is pushing forward with new proposals that would derail the talks. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) are preparing to reintroduce legislation from December 2013 that would impose new “triggered sanctions” against Iran should the nuclear… Read More ›

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