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National Security Strategy

Obama's Last National Security Strategy

John Feffer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

This National Security Strategy will not likely silence administration critics or secure the White House for a Democratic successor in 2016. But it at least illuminates what Obama will try to accomplish globally in his last two years in office and, more importantly, how he will spin those efforts.

America Needs a More Focused and Restrained National Security Strategy

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

As the American cable news entertainment channels focus on the artificial American Sniper controversy, the Obama administration's issuance of its second and final national security strategy was buried deep in the back pages of the newspapers.

Kate Sheppard

Obama's National Security Strategy Lists Climate Change Among 'Top Strategic Risks' To U.S. | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's new national security strategy, released Friday, puts a top priority on climate change, calling it "an urgent...

No Strategy, No Doctrine, No Organizing Principle?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

When crises emerge, critics charge that Obama should act more quickly and more aggressively, or they argue that no US interests are involved and the US should decline any intervention. Headlines often claim that the administration has no strategy, no doctrine, or no organizing principle. But for those who study the field, Obama's is an easily recognizable strategy.

Proactive Domestic Security -- Dare I Suggest Drones...

Michael Kay | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime
Michael Kay

The idea of increased surveillance by UAVs may well be unpopular, but should proactive security surveillance measures harnessing the latest technology not be a viable alternative to the reactive scramble for evidence?

Strong on Defense

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

National security strategy, or grand strategy, governs both the use of force and the production of force. When you vote for an elected official, you are choosing a strategy.

Revolutions Are the Norm -- What Will the Candidates Do?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

We should expect to deal with an abundance of instability and we should know where our candidates stand on military intervention.

Chapter Twelve

David Isenberg | Posted 06.29.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Considering that Chapter 12 is best known as a chapter of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the authors may have wished for another chapter number. On the other hand, considering the gap between some claims and evidence, perhaps it is appropriate.

The Power of Both

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

It's no secret that success is greatest in synergy. Most of us can recall how Sesame Street taught us the importance of neighborhood cooperation. Th...

Peeling Back the Layers of Gaza: Expanding the Discussion

Richard Eisendorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Eisendorf

A generation ago, Yasser Arafat was the reviled leader of the PLO. His successors in the West Bank are now embraced as the moderate leadership of the Palestinian people.

Obama's National Security Strategy: The Sounds of Silence

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Obama's security opus is a mix of the innocuous and the self-indulgent. It is not a serious strategic statement. It is too self-conscious in reiterating Obama's rhetoric since the campaign.

Peeling Back the Layers of Gaza

Richard Eisendorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Eisendorf

The Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla is about occupation. Israel has skirted this issue by declaring Gaza as no longer occupied. However, the rest of the world disagrees.

Obama Team Turns on Engines in Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Recently I had the opportunity to meet some "senior administration officials" regarding the contours of the recently released "National Security Strategy" by the President.

Remembering What a Military Is For

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Tea partiers and residents of the Gulf Coast take note: could it be that we've so scorned and dismantled our government that the only loved and well-functioning institution left is the military?

The War on Islam Is Over, But...

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Obama's National Security Strategy has has been widely credited with improving the tone of U.S. foreign policy towards the Arab and Muslim worlds. We understand that the war on Islam is over, but war should end in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine as well.

Two Speeches, Two Strategies

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton

Eight years ago, my son graduated from West Point. George W. Bush was the commencement speaker; his speech confirmed the policy underpinnings of that future war. Last Saturday, Obama delivered a very different message to the graduating class.

A Better National Security Strategy for Stopping Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Cirincione

The Brookings Institution President calls the new US National Security Strategy introduced on Thursday "the most comprehensive National Security Strategy ever." The new strategy offers a more realistic path to stopping Iran, but it won't be easy.

Obama's West Point Speech Shows Signs of Smart "National Security Strategy"

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The president's actual foreign policy strategy must be more than about Afghanistan. Commending allies that support US efforts in Afghanistan is not necessarily the makings of a new global commons.

What The Hurt Locker Means for the Rest of Us

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lorelei Kelly

I know that this movie has been criticized by those who have served in the military. But beyond tactical accuracy and entertainment value, this film is significant, and it has lessons policymakers should heed.

Zinni Calls on Obama to Release "National Strategy Report" and for US "Smart Power" Functions to be Organized in a New Military Command

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Zinni's proposals are provocative and substantive. I have asked someone at the Department of State about possibly responding. Hopefully this will happen in the near term.

Who'd a Thunk It? Bipartisan Consensus on Foreign Aid

Sheila Herrling | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sheila Herrling

Amidst of a month of partisan battles on Capitol Hill, a bill was introduced this week that rose above party lines in a major step towards strengthening and reforming US foreign aid policy.

It's Not Oil Supply -- It's the High Fear Hype!

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

This debate over oil and energy policy disgusts me because both Obama and McCain are trying to force short term, knee jerk responses to a major policy challenge for the nation.