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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By FPI Policy Intern Kaitlyn SmithwickLast weekend, protesters swarmed into the Green Zone in Baghdad, briefly occupying the parliament building and triggering concerns that the government may fall. The protesters withdrew peacefully by Sunday, leaving behind new questions about the Iraqi government’s ability to prosecute its war against the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh). Of particular...
May 3, 2016 | Bulletin | Middle East | War On Terror
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, will testify this Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh).  Earlier this week, President Obama announced plans to deploy as many as 250 more U.S. military personnel to Syria to help train...
Sanctions and diplomacy have failed to deter North Korea from expanding its nuclear program. Having conducted its fourth nuclear test at the beginning of this year, North Korea is completing its preparations to conduct a fifth. Pyongyang has simultaneously been expanding its ballistic missile program. While the Obama administration pursues punitive sanctions, North Korea flagrantly continues to...
April 27, 2016 | Asia-Pacific | Bulletin | Evan Beese
Harry Wu, the former Chinese political prisoner died Tuesday at 79. In the 1990s, Mr. Wu used his personal experiences and research to bring the matter of forced labor—and the products they exported to the West—into the then vigorous American debate over human rights in China. Thanks to Mr. Wu, the word "laogai" referring to a vast system of prison labor camps entered the vocabulary much as the...
The readiness of the nation’s armed forces continues to suffer because of the harsh and unjustified cuts imposed via the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 and the attendant process of sequestration. In addition to repealing these harmful cuts, Congress should also work with the Pentagon in order to enact meaningful, and continuous reforms to get the most value out of each defense dollar. In a new...
April 25, 2016 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Defense
Veterans of the 2014 Umbrella movement in Hong Kong are turning to formal politics. The young leaders of the street demonstrations that brought the central business district to a standstill in an effort to gain democratic elections have founded new political parties.At the launching of Demosisto on April 10, founder Joshua Wong said his party seeks a voice for Hong Kong’s people . “At least let...
By FPI Board Member Robert Kagan and Ivo H. DaalderThe economic, political and security strategy that the United States has pursued for more than seven decades, under Democratic and Republican administrations alike, is today widely questioned by large segments of the American public and is under attack by leading political candidates in both parties. Many Americans no longer seem to value the...
April 22, 2016 | American Leadership | Robert Kagan
President Obama’s meeting today with the heads of Washington’s Arab Gulf allies comes at a critical juncture in his relationship with the region. Mr. Obama, traveling with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, will seek to reassure the Gulf Cooperation Council of America’s commitment to its security.  This effort follows a year in which tensions between the United States and its regional...

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