The War on Terror

We are engaged in a hard struggle against a cruel and determined adversary. Our enemies have made clear the danger they pose to our security and to the very essence of our culture ...liberty. Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. Like all wars, this one will have its ups and downs. But we must fight. We must.

– Senator John McCain, 2004

 

 

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Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are escalating. In recent weeks, the two states have traded increasingly strident accusations of apostasy and aggression, portraying each other as the region’s dominant threat and chief purveyor of religious extremism. To a large degree, the burgeoning conflict represents the fallout of the July 2015 nuclear agreement, which, in Riyadh’s eyes, bolstered the...
September 28, 2016 | Bulletin | Tzvi Kahn
In their first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s discussion of national security policy focused largely on personal accusations, meandering asides, and questions that were so narrowly framed as to offer little vision on how the candidates would actually govern. One exchange near the end of the debate, however, offered a clear contrast between the candidates’ views on America...
When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet for the first of three scheduled debates this evening, moderator Lester Holt is expected to ask them about a variety of topics, including “securing America.” The Foreign Policy Initiative believes that the following questions and facts will help to illuminate the challenges that will face the next president as well as the choices facing the American...
Donald Trump likes dictators and likes to be liked by them. After meeting Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi last week, Trump called Sisi "a fantastic guy," gushing, "he took control of Egypt. And he really took control of it." Trump approves of the unprecedented repression that followed Sisi's taking power, which includes extra-judicial killings, repression of civil society organizations,...
The Foreign Policy Initiative hosted a conference call yesterday on the implications of the recent terror attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota for America’s national security. FPI Executive Director Chris Griffin moderated a discussion between Dr. Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute and Dr. Lorenzo Vidino of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland...
September 23, 2016 | War On Terror
Yesterday, the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance conducted a hearing examining the Obama administrations $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran. The hearing featured testimony from FPI board member and former under secretary of defense for policy Eric Edelman; former attorney general Michael B. Mukasey; and Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institution...
September 22, 2016 |
The Senate Armed Services Committee last week held an important hearing on the long-term budgetary challenges facing the military services.  The testimony from the heads of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force gave a sobering account of how constrained budgets are deleteriously affecting readiness.  Thursday morning, the committee will have an opportunity to revisit these issues...
September 21, 2016 | Defense
In recent weeks, the Obama administration has repeatedly argued that legal and pragmatic concerns accounted for its decision to use cash for a $1.7 billion payment to Iran. This claim lacks credibility: U.S. law expressly permits direct transactions between the American and Iranian financial systems to resolve outstanding claims before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, thereby enabling...
September 20, 2016 | Bulletin | Tzvi Kahn

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