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Clock Is Ticking To Arm Ukraine

November 17, 2014  •  USA Today

Welcome to the Ukraine war, round two. In recent days, European observers, NATO forces and media outlets have all reported what amounts to a massive influx of Russian war material and personnel into Ukraine — a development that has fanned fears of a fresh cycle of violence between Moscow and Kiev. The news is a timely reminder that the conflict precipitated earlier this year by Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and subsequent efforts at subversion in eastern and southern Ukraine is, in fact, far from over.

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Israel — Wild Card
As negotiations with Iran continue, Israel increasingly finds it can no longer rely on the U.S.

November 4, 2014  •  National Review Online

To say U.S.–Israeli relations are on the rocks would be something of an understatement. It has been quite obvious for some time that diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Washington have become badly frayed, with President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu failing to see eye to eye on a range of issues. Even so, bilateral relations are now unquestionably at a new nadir.

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Should We Be Worried About Iran's Moves In The Western Hemisphere?

October 31, 2014  •  The National Interest

Sometimes, it's difficult to see the forest for the trees. Optimism may currently be running high in Washington that next month's deadline for negotiations will yield some sort of durable deal over Iran's nuclear program. But amid all of the diplomatic euphoria, one aspect of the Iranian challenge has received remarkably short shrift: its expanding presence and activities in our own hemisphere.

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Putting The Islamic State In Proper Context

September 17, 2014  •  Forbes.com

Quite suddenly, all eyes are riveted on the Islamic State (IS). Ever since its self-proclaimed "emir," Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the creation of a new "caliphate" during a speech in Mosul, Iraq this June, his group has become global public enemy number one. All of this attention has served to inflate the image of the Islamic State, positioning it as the next great adversary of the West. Often overlooked in this discourse, however, is the fact that IS suffers from some real limitations and strategic constraints—vulnerabilities that need to be understood and exploited as part of any serious Western strategy.

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Confronting The Evolving Peril In Islamic Extremism

September 11, 2014  •  Washington Times

What a difference a couple of months can make. This summer, the Bipartisan Policy Center released a new report from Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the original co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission. That study, titled "Today's Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States," warned that America was running the risk of becoming a victim of its own counterterrorism success. "With growing fatigue after 13 years of counterterrorism struggle, with 9/11 receding into memory, and with a younger generation with only the vaguest recollection of the attacks, complacency is setting in," the authors warned. As a result, "There is a danger that this waning sense of urgency will divert attention and needed resources from counterterrorism efforts." That's decidedly not true today. Over the past several weeks, the growing territorial gains and unfettered brutality of the group now known as the Islamic State has galvanized American attention and public opinion more than at any time in the past decade.

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