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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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NSN’s 2001 AUMF Report Quoted in The Epoch Times

Authorizing Force for Future Military Operations By Mark Pomerleau September 3, 2014 | The Epoch Times  The argument several scholars have made against the current administration’s reliance on this sixty word authorization for counterterrorism is that several terrorist groups today did not exist in 2001 and therefore would or should… Read More ›

Bill French Quoted in IHS Jane’s 360 on an Islamic State AUMF

Analysis: Iraq Campaign Continues as Obama Frames War Footing By Zachary Fryer-Biggs August 22, 2014 | IHS Jane’s 360  Meanwhile, Obama could invoke the 2001 AUMF again before the 60 days has elapsed, giving him added flexibility to continue the strikes. Still, thus far the administration is citing possible genocide… Read More ›

Paul Eaton Quoted in Washington Examiner on Afghan Strategy

Experts argue Iraq woes should lead to new strategy in Afghanistan By Susan Crabtree  August 14, 2014  In light of Iraq‘s current problems, some national security experts thinkPresident Obama should rethink his exit strategy in Afghanistan. Moderate voices in the national security community have begun to urge President Obama to reconsider imposing a firm draw-down… Read More ›

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2016Counterterrorism

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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CounterterrorismDefense Budget

Five Challenges for the Next Congress on Defense Policy

Five Challenges for the Next Congress on Defense Policy The results of tomorrow’s elections, of course, are uncertain – and the outcome of some races may not be known for months. But regardless of how the elections affect the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats, the next Congress will already face a host of defense policy challenges, although a conservative victory could hurt rather than help the chances of positive outcomes on a number of issues. The big picture item looming over the next class of legislators will be whether lawmakers try to increase Pentagon spending – which is already two to three times the size of the military budgets of potential adversaries combined, depending how it is calculated. The next Congress will also have to confront the continued abuse of Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) accounts, which not only skirt the caps imposed by the Budget Control Act (BCA), but do so at the expense of sound strategic planning. Lawmakers will also face hurdles with providing effective oversight of major procurement programs like the SSBN(X) program to replace the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine – which is showing signs of trouble at an exorbitant cost – and more effectively partnering… Read More ›

Rule of Law and Diplomacy

Conservative Critics Ignore Facts in Call for Guantanamo Transfer Ban

Conservative Critics Ignore Facts in Call for Guantanamo Transfer Ban Congressional conservatives are rallying for a new ban on the transfer of Guantanamo detainees – with a complete disregard for the facts. Politicians, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), are reacting this week to an unsubstantiated report from Fox News that claims former Guantanamo detainees are returning to terrorism, some fighting in Syria with the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra. This is not supported by any public record – and in fact, reports by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and New America Foundation have found that rates of recidivism are low and have dropped over time. The continued fear-mongering and obstruction of the transfer of Guantanamo detainees is craven political maneuvering and ignores the reality that many of the remaining detainees are incapable of fighting and have been cleared for release by all relevant agencies of the U.S. government. Contrary to conservative critics’ claims to be defending the country, they are undermining U.S. national security by allowing the prison, a blight on the U.S. human rights record and a terrorist recruiting tool, to remain open. Reports of former Guantanamo… Read More ›

CounterterrorismDefense Budget

Public Opinion Supports Progressive National Security Policies ahead of Midterms

Public Opinion Supports Progressive National Security Policies ahead of Midterms As next week’s midterm elections approach, many pundits and analysts expect that a handful of close races will determine who will control Congress for the rest of President Obama’s term in office. A poll by the Pew Research Center found that many Americans view the midterms as a referendum on the President’s performance, noting that “Fully 61% of Republican voters consider their congressional ballot as a vote against the president.” Despite the hard electoral battle faced by many Democrats, recent polls have also found strong popular support for progressive policies on national security and foreign policy issues. The polling data on the issues are clear: The American public is confident in the Obama Administration’s response to the Ebola crisis, favors a limited counterterrorism mission in Iraq and Syria, supports diplomacy with Iran, would like to see Pentagon spending decrease, and wants a multilateral, international approach to foreign policy challenges. Ebola: Americans are concerned and misinformed, but still trust the U.S. government’s response both at home and abroad. According to a recent Pew poll, 49% of Americans are following news of the Ebola outbreak closely, making it far and away the… Read More ›

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