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Short-Term Gains for Long-Term Losses: The Iraqi Response and US Support to Instability in Iraq

Iraq has largely slipped from the American public’s radar. The ongoing civil war in Syria and negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have taken precedence, followed by deliberations on the United States’ long-term presence in Afghanistan and ongoing instability in Egypt, Lebanon, and Yemen. Given this country’s recent history with Iraq, the Iraqi government is facing a very different political climate in Washington when it asks for weapons sales, military training, and other US support.

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Violence, Distrust, and Instability: Iraq’s Future in Uncertain Times

It has been more than two years since the last US troops left Iraq, effectively ending a war that carried on for nearly nine years. Even before the final US soldiers pulled out of the country, signs of instability due to a delicate power-sharing arrangement between Shia, Sunni, and Kurdish parties were evident. Today, the future of Iraq is in question.

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A New National Security Strategy: The Case for Conditioning US Military Aid to Israel

By Emily Manna A new Amnesty International report released on February 27th calls on the United States and the European Union to suspend military aid to Israel, following what it calls a “harrowing pattern of unlawful killing” committed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank. The report details the killings of 22 Palestinian civilians…

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Malala’s Other Message: Why Drones Aren’t Working

By Emily Manna At just sixteen years old, Malala Yousafzai has survived a Taliban attack, been lauded by the world for her bravery in standing up for women’s education rights, and this month became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She recently paid a visit to the White House as part of a US tour to promote…

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Bioterrorism: Growing Threat, Inadequate Budget

By Mark Sharoff In November, 2001, in a briefing with CIA Director George Tenet and NSA Director Condoleeza Rice, Vice President Cheney articulated what in years following would become the “One-Percent Doctrine,” the Bush administration’s approach to threats of “low-probability, high-impact” terrorism. The doctrine holds that if there is, in Ron Suskind’s words, “ a…

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National Security in the New Millennium

In April the Georgetown Public Policy Review announced its 2010-2011 edition.  In light of the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, our staff decided to focus the publication on “National Security in the New Millennium.” For our headlining interview, Heather Vaughan sat down with Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.  During his Senate career Hagel sat on…

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Has Multiculturalism in America Failed?

by Christopher Lin Sometime during the week of March 7, 2011, the House Committee on Homeland Security will hold hearings examining whether Muslim Americans are becoming radicalized and pose a threat to the nation’s security. Civil rights groups are worried that the hearings will turn into a political witch-hunt, akin to the anti-communist investigations conducted…

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The START Treaty

by Joseph Cox A treaty that is a priority of the President, advocated for by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the head of the Missile Defense Agency, the Secretary of State, every Democrat in the Senate, the President of Russia, every member of NATO, U.K. leaders past and…

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The Karzai Contractor Ban: What Could be Next for Afghanistan’s Development?

by Ryan Greer Afghan President Hamid Karzai has issued a decree banning private security firms from Afghanistan early next year, a move likely to drive out many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in reconstruction. Karzai – and even some American leaders – believe this is a necessary move to shore up Afghan sovereignty, but the priority in…

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The General and the Ambassador

by Andrew Wolf The “escalate-then-exit strategy” the President unveiled in a December 1st speech at West Point had been developed over the course of the past three months as part of a comprehensive review of America’s involvement in Afghanistan. Perhaps two of the most influential men involved in the discussions appeared Tuesday before the House…