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THE FAR-RIGHT FRINGE ORIGINS OF ISLAMOPHOBIC AND ANTI-REFUGEE POLITICS
J. Dana Stuster
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REPORT: THUNDER WITHOUT LIGHTNING

THE HIGH COSTS AND LIMITED BENEFITS OF THE F-35 PROGRAM
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How Iran’s Foreign Policy is Failing
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To Increase Youth Turnout, Make Voting Sexy

TO INCREASE YOUTH TURNOUT, MAKE VOTING SEXY Tara Sonenshine, NSN Advisory Board November 13, 2015 | THE HILL With a year left before a presidential election, America has a major challenge ahead: getting its young citizens to exercise, not just in the gym, but in the voting booth. We need teens… 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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2016

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 do alternatively in situations such as Syria and some key emerging security questions such as cybersecurity and climate change. Democrats might benefit from shifting more focus to the security debate. Ideally, Republicans and Democrats would seek to build consensus on some of these challenges. The country would benefit from a more strategic, forward-looking discussion of foreign policy. But this is a political season. Consensus is unlikely while rhetoric and sloganeering are inevitable. The best that… Read More ›

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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 more forward-looking debate that deals with real-world challenges is needed, especially on issues where Congress has been deadlocked: cybersecurity legislation is stalled, no authorization has been passed for the use of military force against Islamic State one year into that campaign, and China’s evolving role in U.S. politics raises questions ahead of this month’s bilateral summit. Three factors make it difficult for candidates to get into details of forward-looking policies, especially at this stage of… Read More ›

2016

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 his battles with Wisconsin’s labor unions, Walker asserted that “he has been tested like no other candidate in this race.”  When Walker translates his experience as governor into foreign policy the result will be that, “Our forces will be strong, our weapons will be modern and, America will be unintimidated.”  Hard to argue with that broad prescription, but does it reflect any actual problems with America’s current national security posture?   The U.S. military has more… Read More ›

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