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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  •

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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A Post-America South America

Summer 2014  •  inFocus Quarterly

Last fall, in a speech before the Organization of American States, Secretary of State John Kerry announced with great fanfare that the "era of the Monroe Doctrine is over." Kerry's pronouncement was a distinctly political one, intended to reassure regional powers that the heavy-handed interventionism that at times had characterized America's approach to Latin America was a thing of the past. But it was also very much a sign of the times, because the United States is in strategic retreat in its own hemisphere.

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Last Shot For Reality To Pierce Russian Fantasy

August 25, 2014  •  USA Today

On Tuesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, in Minsk, Belarus in an effort to bring an end to the crisis in Ukraine. The summit is shaping up to be a critical turning point in the six-month-old conflict over the soul of Ukraine.

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