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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Henry Kissinger projects the public image of a judicious elder statesman whose sweeping knowledge of history lets him rise above the petty concerns of today, in order to see what is truly in the national interest. Yet as Kissinger once said of Ronald Reagan, his knowledge of history is “tailored to support his firmly held preconceptions.” Instead of expanding his field of vision, Kissinger’s...
October 11, 2014 | American Leadership | David Adesnik
Hong Kong -- On the evening of Saturday, October 4, enormous crowds gathered in downtown Hong Kong at the main site of the democracy protests that have dominated the affairs of this city of 7.2 million for weeks. They filled an eight-lane thoroughfare in the center of the Admiralty business district, spilling out around the adjacent government office complex. Banners hanging from overpasses...
The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a conference call yesterday on the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Ellen Bork, FPI’s Director of Democracy and Human Rights, and David Feith, an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal Asia, gave their on-the-ground perspective on recent events in the territory.In addition to the full audio of the event, FPI believes the following...
“No deal is better than a bad deal” with Iran over its nuclear program. So says the president, and the secretary of state (and his predecessor), the secretary of defense, the chief U.S. negotiator, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the State Department spokeswoman (and her deputy).Or not. In a little-noticed passage from her written testimony to the Senate in July, chief U.S....
October 9, 2014 | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Last week, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), and Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on Iran nuclear program. The session, Are We Heading Towards a Bad Deal with Iran, featured David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, Mark Dubowitz of FDD, Olli Heinonen of the Harvard Kennedy School of...
October 9, 2014 | American Leadership | Middle East
Hong Kong protesters lifted their sit-in around the government’s headquarters building this week and plan to begin formal talks in the coming days. Though the crowd size has dwindled to a few thousand people from last week’s estimated highs of 200,000, Hong Kong’s struggle to maintain its unique political and legal culture against mainland encroachment continues.The Foreign Policy Initiative is...
By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman and Henri J. BarkeyA crucial part of President Obama’s effort to build a broad coalition to halt the spread of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria is the Administration’s lobbying effort to win Turkey’s cooperation. Over the past several weeks the Secretaries of State and Defense have visited Turkey, Vice President Joe Biden met with President Erdogan in New...
October 7, 2014 | Middle East | Eric Edelman

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