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Despite Growing Tensions, US Must Move Forward on Cooperation With China

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

The world is watching, and where we go from here in our relationship is the most important factor in the peace, security and stability in the new world coming.

U.S. Needs to Engage North Korea Now over Nuclear Threat

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

The situation on the Korean Peninsula is dangerous and incredibly challenging, but we aren't bound to make any progress toward peace if we can't overcome our decades-long fixation with one country and our reluctance to directly engage with another that truly represents the larger nuclear threat.

Middle East Continues to Dominate U.S. Foreign Policy, but Our Strategy in Region Remains Largely Unclear

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

The need is to reexamine what the clear, compelling U.S. vital interests are in the Arab World. These countries will have instability, violence and bad actors no matter what we do, and there's no end in sight.

Freeze on U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan Marks Latest Chapter in Debate Over 'Cut and Run'

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

When President Barack Obama announced recently that he would freeze a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, he explained that Afghanistan remained a dangerous place.

What to Do About the Putin Problem?

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Like almost everyone, I find Putin's policies objectionable, and I think he's potentially dangerous. I'm certainly not sympathetic to him, nor do I admire him. But I think he's shrewd. I also think we have largely underestimated him as a leader and his hostility toward the West.

To Win the War on Terror, We Must Win the War of Ideas

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We should not forget the successes we've had in the fight against terror. At the same time, surveying the current landscape suggests that the U.S. and its allies need to up their games considerably in dealing with ISIS and other terrorist groups.

It's Time to End Torture

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Some say our national security was well served by so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques," but the efficacy of torture and other coercive actions in counterterrorism efforts are difficult to gauge. The benefits of such actions are not clear.

Why Do They Hate Us?

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

At a public meeting I recently attended, a woman stood up and asked me a question that gave me some pause: Why do the Arabs hate us so much? On its surface, hers was a simple, straightforward question. But when you stop to really think about it, the question is rather complex.

Are We Safer Now? Yes, But Not as Much as We Could Be

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Wherever I go, the question is almost always the same, and it's to be expected, considering my past co-chairmanship of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, more commonly known as the 9/11 Commission. The question: Are we safer now?

International Community, Including U.S., Must Do More to Stop Ebola Outbreak

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 10.19.2014 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

While our health planning mechanisms are likely to keep Ebola from our shores, we cannot avoid our role in the larger, global fight.

Sam Stein

9/11 Commission Update: Threats Have Evolved, U.S. Hasn't | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The authors of the seminal 9/11 Commission report have produced a new study, a decade after the first, painting an often alarming pictur...

Diplomacy Is the Only Real Solution to Iraq Crisis

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

As the nation analyzes the roots of the recent meltdown in the Middle East, this much is certain: the Middle East, as we've known it for decades, is on the verge of disintegrating.

Achieving Long-term Stability in Ukraine Is Key to Navigating Watershed Moment in East-West Relations

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Missing from much of the discussion, though, is a frank assessment of what exactly the U.S. and its European allies seek to accomplish outside the more immediate aim of keeping the Russians out of Ukraine.

The Cold Truths About America's Foreign Policy Vortex

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We are an America that, right now, is reluctant to fully embrace a world leadership role, but not quite ready to abandon it. We're far from isolationist, but we're not that interested in policing the world either.

Iran Nuclear Talks Are Bound to Get Tougher

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

Achieving any sort of deal would be a major accomplishment, as it would help alleviate a large number of problems that continue to plague the Middle East, including the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Wife Of Former Congressman Dies In Tragic Accident

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

Nancy Hamilton, wife of former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.), died this weekend after a car accident in which she was apparently run over by her own vehi...

The Club for Growth and the Demise of Our Democracy: A Look Beyond Lugar's Loss

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Republican Sen. Richard Lugar joins the ranks this month of his ousted moderate colleagues and predecessors. Frankly, it is a little depressing. Wait, more than a little. A lot.

Christina Wilkie

Dozens Of Former U.S. Officials Make Millions Advocating For Terrorist Organization | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ornate ballroom of the Willard Hotel buzzed with activity on a Saturday morning in July. Crowded together on the stage sat a cadre ...

Time to Act on Iran Regime

Ali Safavi | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

The Iranian regime's nuclear aggression, suppression at home and terrorist support abroad are outracing US policy.

223 Years On (VIDEO)

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

Today is Constitution Day, aka Citizenship Day. A day to reflect on our extraordinary form of government, and reconnect with what it means to be an active citizen, and why it matters.

Poisonous Atmosphere Keeping Obama From Appointing Judges

The New Yorker | Jeffrey Toobin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama Administration wanted to send a message with the President's first nomination to a federal court. "There was a real conscious decision to us...

Lee Hamilton, 9/11 Commission Chairman: Is The Afghan War Worth It?

The Indianapolis Star | Posted: August 10, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Seventy-five U.S. and NATO troops died in Afghanistan in July, the deadliest month for allied forces in nearly eight years of fighting. More than 1,00...

Conservatives Rise Up Against Obama's First Court Pick

CBN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Maybe the Obama administration should have nominated George Hamilton instead of David F. Hamilton. The hollywood actor may have an easier time at conf...

David Hamilton, Obama's First Appeals Court Pick, Said To Be A Moderate

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is expected to name his first candidate to an appeals court seat this week, officials said, choosing David F. Hamilton, a highly regar...

Obama: Choose Bill Richardson, Lee Hamilton, Dick Lugar, Al Gore or Chuck Hagel -- but not Hillary Clinton -- as your Secretary of State

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Guttman

Why get involved with the Clintons when there are much better choices to be considered? Shouldn't the new president-elect be forming his own team of Obama loyalists?