International Security News

Americanasaurus and the March to War in Syria

Sep 25, 2014
"In the words of the late Fouad Ajami, I suffer from the prejudice of low expectations. I'll own up to it. But after watching the United States operate in this broken, angry, and dysfunctional region under both Republican and Democratic administrations, and considering our allies and enemies in this situation, we damn well better keep our expectations real," writes Aaron David Miller.

Interpreting Iran’s Mixed Messages

Sep 24, 2014
"These mixed messages suggest that the Iranian leadership is either split over relations with the United States and the handling of the ISIS crisis in Syria and Iraq, or that it hasn't decided exactly which positions to adopt at a time of rapid and unpredictable change," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Obama Can’t Destroy the Islamic State Without Iran’s Help

Sep 24, 2014
"Nobody should underestimate the challenge of defeating ISIL. But the prospect of this crisis leading to an alignment of U.S., Sunni and Iranian interests holds out the prospect of finally creating lasting stability in the Middle East," writes Jack A. Goldstone.

The Coalition of Convenience

Sep 18, 2014
"The problem won't be fixed by a coalition of hangers-on and the not-so-willing -- nor, frankly, by the superwilling. This is ultimately a Syrian and Iraqi problem; it will require the kind of local buy-in that doesn't exist now and perhaps has never existed," writes Aaron David Miller.
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Which Boots on the Ground Can We Trust?

Sep 17, 2014
"I do think boots on the ground are necessary to achieve the mission... but the face of the boots on the ground ought to be a Muslim face from the region," says Jane Harman in this interview on Morning Joe.

Not a War on Terror, a War on an Ideology

Sep 17, 2014
" 'War on terror' was always a misnomer. Terror is not our enemy; it’s a tactic. Unfortunately, by framing our actions in a linguistically sloppy way, we’ve hurt our narrative with several important groups," writes Jane Harman.

Putin's Playbook

Sep 16, 2014
"So what is Mr. Putin up to, my American friends and colleagues keep asking. He is, quite simply, bent on preserving and expanding his personal and Russia’s international power...the methodology in his playbook is constant and ruthless." writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Boko Haram Takes Cues from ISIS: Ferocious New Friends?

Sep 16, 2014
Maiduguri, a key state capital in northeast Nigeria of two million people is now vulnerable -- just as Mosul in Iraq was to a swift takeover by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Four Terror Threats More Grave Than Islamic State

Sep 15, 2014
While ISIS is among the most terrifying terror threats to emerge in recent decades, Washington inflates the risks it poses to the U.S. homeland. Washington should be more focused on these four groups in particular, writes Michael Kugelman.

10 Takeaways From Obama’s Speech

Sep 11, 2014
Robin Wright discusses ten key points from President Obama's Wednesday night address on a new strategy to confront the Islamic state. She writes that, "rarely have two journalists had such an impact in directing a nation to military action. Their deaths may not be totally in vain."

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