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Trump’s Fascistic Order Would Put Troops In Peril

quoting Timothy Kanevia The Washington Post
Friday, March 4, 2016

Ill-equipped to conduct serious journalism at a time of national urgency, the media will obsess about Donald Trump’s vulgar reference last night to his anatomy, ignoring his most important and devastating utterance in a campaign in which he has left little doubt about his contempt for democracy and the moral necessity to defeat him either before or after he gets the GOP presidential nomination.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump As National Security Threat

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I don’t, as a rule, endorse political candidates. I don’t do work for campaigns. I have never given a dime to a candidate—for any office. I have never signed up to be an adviser to one either.

Analysis and Commentary

Wishful Thinking And Unintended Consequences

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mrs. Clinton was won over. Opposition leaders "said all the right things about supporting democracy and inclusivity and building Libyan institutions, providing some hope that we might be able to pull this off," said Philip H. Gordon...

Analysis and Commentary

American Diplomacy In Syria Has Handed A Victory To Bashar Al-Assad And Vladimir Putin

by Kori Schakevia National Review Online
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The impetus for John Kerry’s “cessation of hostilities” deal is easy to understand: According to the United Nations, 450,000 Syrians are under siege in 15 locations, and another 4 million are in hard-to-reach areas. The administration’s humanitarian concerns do them credit. But sometimes the best humanitarian contribution is success on the battlefield.

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Strategika: “ISIS And Islam,” With Raymond Ibrahim

interview with Raymond Ibrahimvia Strategika
Friday, February 26, 2016

Raymond Ibrahim explains how Islamic history and theology have influenced the development of ISIS.

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Strategika: “Understanding ISIS,” with Mark Moyar

interview with Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Friday, February 26, 2016

How the radical Islamist group fits into the broader history of terrorism.


The Latest Issue Of China Leadership Monitor Is Now Available Online

via China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

China Leadership Monitor Winter 2016: Issue 49, is available online.

Military Affairs

Promoting “Young Guards”: The Recent High Turnover in the PLA Leadership (Part II: Expansion and Escalation)

by Cheng Livia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The most noticeable trend under the leadership of Xi Jinping since the 2012 National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been the continuing consolidation of power. In particular, the military has been a key arena in which Xi has strengthened both his personal power and his new administration’s authority. 

Military Affairs

China’s “Goldwater-Nichols”? The Long-Awaited PLA Reorganization Has Finally Arrived

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

On 31 December 2015, CCP supremo Xi Jinping announced the most sweeping reorganization of the People’s Liberation Army since the 1950s.

In the News

When The World Is Aflame

featuring Michael McFaul, Condoleezza Ricevia Stanford OpenXChange
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hear from top scholars and international affairs experts about the global issues we face today and the need for greater compassion. Learn what role universities may play in a fragmented world and how they may be a way forward in fixing broken systems. 


National Security & Law Task Force

The National Security and Law Task Force examines the rule of law, the laws of war, and US constitutional law to make proposals that strike an optimal balance between individual freedom and the vigorous defense of the nation against terrorists both abroad and at home.