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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On July 10, the Washington Post reported that President Obama’s national security team had begun to assemble a disarmament agenda for the President’s final months in office. By design, the agenda consisted of initiatives that the President could implement without congressional approval even though some entailed breaking pledges made to Congress in previous years. This concern led the House Armed...
July 25, 2016 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Defense
Last week’s Republican Nation Convention in Cleveland was supposed to unify the party and signal to general-election voters that Donald Trump was capable of handling the duties of the presidency. However, his remarks in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times last week undermined those efforts and added to the concerns many national security-minded voters have with his candidacy.For the...
July 25, 2016 | American Leadership | Europe | Evan Moore
Yesterday, FPI hosted a conference call to discuss the attempted coup in Turkey and the impact it will have on U.S.-Turkish relations, the civil war in Syria, and the erosion of political liberty under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The speakers on the call were Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute, Blaise Misztal of the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Christopher Kozak of the...
July 20, 2016 | Europe | Middle East | War On Terror
One week after an international tribunal dismissed China’s claim to a vast swath of the South China Sea as having “no legal basis,” Beijing announced military exercises and began flying combat patrols over the disputed waters.In the context of China’s record of asserting its claims via force, this counts as a relatively restrained response, and one that will likely last through the summer as...
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The recent release of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the origins of the Iraq War has predictably inspired recriminations about that country’s disintegration into political turmoil and sectarian violence. Since the American-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, a series of government investigations, of which the British-sanctioned Chilcot report is the latest, have highlighted the role...
By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman, Michael Makovsky, and Jonathan RueThe year since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program was announced has been a strategic windfall for Iran and a disaster for the United States. Many of the deal’s shortcomings were glaring from the beginning, yet they have been magnified by serial and gratuitous U.S. concessions to unilateral...
Today marks the first anniversary of the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Foreign Policy Initiative has carefully monitored the deal’s implementation over the past year and published extensively about Tehran’s continued provocations. FPI believes that this selection of resources from the past 12 months will prove useful to...
July 14, 2016 |
Iran may have violated the nuclear deal, German intelligence suggests. In its annual report, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), the German equivalent of the FBI, stated that Tehran continued its “illegal proliferation-sensitive procurement activities” at “a quantitatively high level” in 2015, thereby raising questions about the adequacy of the accord’s provisions governing Tehran’s...
July 13, 2016 | Bulletin | Tzvi Kahn

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