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Sarwar Kashmeri

No Russian Quagmire in the Middle East

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 10.14.2016 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

Criticism of Russia's projection of force into Syria is often laced with predictions of an impending Russian quagmire, in the fashion of the Soviet misadventure of the 1970s in Afghanistan. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Message to America's Mid-East Allies: Blocking the Iran Nuclear Agreement Is Not an Option

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

It is vital for United States' interests in the Middle East that America have a chance to try and influence the new emerging Middle East. The road to this opportunity passes through Tehran.

As the Sheiks Go Marching in

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

When the assorted Middle Eastern Sheiks, Kings, and Crown-Princes troop to Camp David this week for a meeting with President Obama to discuss America's rapidly warming relationship with Iran, they would do well to recall one of geopolitics eternal truisms.

Mr. Obama's War

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

With the bombing campaign launched by the Obama administration against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, America's unending war in the Middle East has come roaring back after a two-year intermission, under new ownership. Welcome to the Obama war.

Time for America's Middle East Allies to Forge Their Own Destinies

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

The United States should use the 300 soldiers who are on their way to Iraq to stiffen its allies spines and to generate collective action to fight the forces of evil now set loose in the Middle East. America can help with this endeavor, but the heavy lifting must be the responsibility of America's Middle East Allies.

Ukraine 2014 Is Grenada 1983

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

Before the U.S. gets too worked up about the Russian "invasion" of Ukraine, it should recall its own invasion in 1983 of the idyllic island of Grenada some 100 miles from the United States.

High Time to End the American Hustle of Afghanistan

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

If news travels seamlessly through the impermeable borders around Afghanistan, hopping across the Himalayas, how effortless must it be for news to travel within Afghanistan?

Time to Send Congress to West Point

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

Is there any way -- any way at all -- to end the Congressional gridlock in Washington D.C.? A silver bullet to break down the silos of rigidly held convictions that continue to stymy the ability of America's elected representatives to compromise and solve the country's pressing problems

U.S. Should Seize the Moment to Fuse NATO With the EU

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

Can the Europeans ever overcome their parochial defense thinking and construct a European defense capability? I believe they can, but it will take a dose of straight talk and tough medicine from Washington to point them in the right direction.

What Susan Rice Could Learn From Former Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

Robert Morgenthau used to have a framed Oliphant cartoon in his office. It comically depicted the attempt by the newly inaugurated President Nixon to fire Morgenthau, a Democrat, from his then position as U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York.

In Syria, America's National Interests Do Not Coincide With Israel's

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 07.06.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

There is no compelling national interest that requires American intervention in Syria's civil war. In fact, such an intervention would be a strategic error.

Coming Soon: the Un-Pivot to Asia

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

The "Pivot to Asia" was a perfectly understandable exercise by the world's remaining superpower as it watched the dramatic growth of China. But for the fact that the exercise belonged to a bygone age.

Obama Visit to Israel Key Link in Redesign of U.S. Foreign Policy

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

It would be a mistake to view President Obama's visit to Israel as just a fence-mending exercise. It is in fact part of a planned redesign of U.S. foreign policy that will change the face of American leadership around the world.

Time Running Out As Israel Cuts the Grass

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 01.20.2013 | College
Sarwar Kashmeri

This short-sighted policy can only work as long as Israel has the unquestioning support of the United States. And that support may not have as long to run as Israel believes, as a recent conference held at the United States Military Academy at West Point demonstrated.

The Glow of the EU's Nobel Peace Prize Shines Also on America

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

It is worth recalling that of the four men most responsible for launching the European Union -- Schuman, Monnet, Acheson and Truman -- two were American.

In the United States-Pakistan Impasse the Winner Is: Russia

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

The Central Asian exit plan will cost the American taxpayer more than twice as much as the Pakistani alternative.. Worse, the plan's success depends completely on the goodwill of Russia and its mercurial Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

A Wedding in Kabul and the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Afghanistan

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

The Afghan wife of a good friend called not long ago and asked if I'd accompany her to a wedding in Kabul. I wondered why she wasn't taking her husband. "Oh it is much too dangerous for an American but you would be OK," she exclaimed cheerily.

Let's Stop Exaggerating the Special Relationship With Britain

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

America has viewed the integration of Europe and the development of the European Union through Anglo-tinted glasses, a view that has proven to not be in the best interests of the United States.