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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The New York Times editorial board took a break this past week from its usual practice of blaming Israel for being the cause of assaults against her. On Wednesday, after the terror attack on Jews praying in a synagogue in Jerusalem, the Times editors ruminated:There is no comprehending the murder of four men, including three rabbis, at a synagogue complex in a neighborhood of West Jerusalem on...
November 21, 2014 | Middle East | William Kristol
By Thomas C. Moore [1]As negotiations with Iran near a November 24 deadline under the Joint Program of Action (JPA), the President and Congress find themselves at a stalemate.  Under current law, Congress has no immediate tools available to block a deal with Tehran or prevent further sanctions relief.  Meanwhile, the administration has suggested that “President Obama will do everything...
November 20, 2014 | Analysis | Middle East
Promises and Pitfalls for the U.S.-Japanese AllianceA Trip Report by the FPI Leadership Network [1]The United States and Japan face a rare opportunity to strengthen their alliance and bring much-needed stability to an increasingly volatile Asia. Over the past two years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has engaged in a bold effort to allow Japan's Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) to play a meaningful role in...
November 20, 2014 | American Leadership | Analysis | Asia-Pacific
On Thursday, November 20, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill that analyzed the potential outcome of talks with Iran, and its implications for U.S. policy, as the Nov. 24 deadline rapidly approaches. The event featured Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Mark...
November 20, 2014 | Middle East | War On Terror
Following yet another brutal murder of an American citizen on Sunday by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL or IS), the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) believes the following fact sheet will be useful for policymakers, lawmakers, and the general public to understand the nature of the crisis and the ongoing threat that ISIS poses to regional stability and U.S. interests.I...
November 18, 2014 | Fact Sheet | Middle East | War On Terror | Tzvi Kahn
How to explain America’s failure, after 20 years of efforts, to impose genuinely crippling sanctions on Iran? Start with the penchant of the executive branch—from Presidents Clinton to Obama—for excluding Congress from the process.Last month, the New York Times reported that President Obama planned to bypass Congress on any final deal with Iran, directly violating a pledge by Secretary of State...
November 17, 2014 | American Leadership | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Berlin—On August 17, 1962—exactly one year after barbed-wire barricades began to be reinforced with the concrete that would become the Berlin Wall—Peter Fechter made an impetuous, and ultimately tragic, decision. The 18-year-old East Berliner had left school four years earlier to begin an apprenticeship as a bricklayer, an occupation to which he brought considerable talent and energy. “Colleague...
There’s nothing like an invasion to bring a country together. Ask any Ukrainian on any street and they’ll tell you the same thing, almost thankfully: Vladimir Putin has united Ukraine like never before. His actions in eastern Ukraine have proven a kind of catalyst that have forged a nation out of a group of people that once squabbled incessantly about politics, language rights, and tax dollars....
Exit polls from last week’s midterm elections challenged the conventional “it’s the economy, stupid” wisdom, as the number of voters who said the economy was the most important issue fell to just four in 10. The dark horse issue of the 2014 election was foreign policy.Our experience campaigning on the ground in a battleground state reflected this reality. We were in Arkansas last week helping...

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