Middle East Forum Webinar
March 26, 2021
Hosts Tom Joscelyn and Bill Roggio explain why President Biden should be clear-eyed when it comes to making decisions about the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some argue the U.S. should stay in Afghanistan to further the “peace process,” but there is no evidence that such a “process” even exists. Powered by RedCircle […]
Via The Caravan no. 2130This new issue of The Caravan covers how human rights advocacy should factor in US decision making in the Middle East. Charles Hill explores the historical definitions of the term “human rights”; Russell Berman explains the dilemma of applying an advocacy approach to US foreign policy; and other scholars assess how America can embed its values into issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, historical alliances with Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and brokering peace between Kurdish factions in Syria.
Featuring Victor Davis Hanson via PolicyEdLessons from history have clearly shown what happens when powerful nations do not show their might. During World War II, the Allied nations were far more powerful than the Axis powers, but their hesitancy in joining the war effort resulted in millions of deaths. Deterrence is about not just military might but also a mindset. For it to work, nations must show their capability to exert force and their clear willingness to use it when needed.
by spencer klavan
Our sense of ourselves as human beings changes. A premise of Strategic Humanism is that since Bacon and Descartes it has changed for the worse.
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by Dwight LongeneckerRené Girard was a polymath—not only writing on literature, but bringing his theory to bear on anthropology, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and theology. While I greatly admire his work, I would presume to pick a bone with his thought on sacrificial systems in religion... [MORE]
The Role of Foreign Fighters in Irregular Warfare
By Andrew Milburn & Abigail Gage, Modern War Institute: "Foreign fighters play an influential role in Islamic extremist groups. They tend to be more violent, more committed, and more resistant to reconciliation than their indigenous counterparts. Perhaps most significantly, they tend to be more peripatetic—acting as vectors of extremism, moving between zones of conflict, and sometimes returning to their countries of origin to instigate acts of terrorism."