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Sarwar Kashmeri
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Sarwar A. Kashmeri is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Norwich University, and fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. He is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as a specialist and commentator on U.S.-European relations. His most recent book is “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete?” (

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

(8) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:56 PM

It would be hard today to find even one country that thinks the reunification of Germany was a bad idea. Yet, in 1989 when German Chancellor Helmut Kohl first floated the concept, it met with strenuous opposition from two of America's closest European allies--Margaret Thatcher's Britain, and Francois Mitterrand's France....

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As the Sheiks Go Marching in

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 5:24 PM

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: Countries have no permanent allies, no permanent enemies, only permanent...

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Time for America to Pivot to a 21st Century Foreign Policy

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Nothing illustrates the time warp that has gripped America's foreign policy today better than two events that took place a few days ago, one in Europe and the other in Asia.

The first was The U.S. Army's announcement that a convoy of American armored-vehicles would soon drive...

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America Should Let the Europeans Lead in Ukraine

(18) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:28 AM

A recent report by eight former U.S. senior diplomatic and military officials urging the United States and NATO to bolster Ukraine's defense by providing military assistance to Ukraine -- including lethal defensive assistance -- is misguided and dangerous. The report's recommendations are not in the best interest of...

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Hagel's Resignation Spells the End of a Once Principled Presidency

(13) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 3:39 PM

The press conference in which President Obama announced the resignation of his Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was surreal. Most of Obama's speech dealt with Secretary Hagel's solid accomplishment. Had I not known this was a resignation speech I would have thought the President was leading up to pinning a medal...

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Mr. Obama's War

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:26 PM

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.

"As commander in chief, I will not...

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

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Baghdad is 900 miles from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 500 miles from Amman, Jordan; 300 miles from Kuwait, and 1000 miles from Ankara, Turkey, countries that are allies of the United States, and armed to the teeth with American weapons. With over 700,000 soldiers, 6000 tanks, 2000 warplanes, and...

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Ukraine 2014 Is Grenada 1983

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 2:29 PM

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. America invaded Grenada to install a U.S.-friendly government after a Communist coup had led...

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High Time to End the American Hustle of Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 8:43 AM

It is time to stop pretending that a residual American military presence in Afghanistan can make any difference to the future of that ancient and troubled land. The future of Afghanistan will be determined, as it has always been, by the Afghans, at their own pace and in conjunction with...

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Time to Send Congress to West Point

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 12:30 PM

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 ?

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

(6) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:25 PM

As U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel settles into Brussels this week for the NATO defense ministers meeting, he should avoid using the oft-repeated but incorrect American criticism that Europeans do not spend enough on their defense. The truth is exactly the opposite: In spite of the recent cutbacks, NATO's European...

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A Middle East Hat Trick for the President?

(63) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 9:45 AM

The three most dangerous issues that confront U.S. national interests in the Middle East, President Obama pointed out in his Sept. 23, 2013, speech at the United Nations, are Syria's civil war, the nuclear stand-off with Iran, and resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With this week's agreement to begin direct...

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Time to Pivot US Foreign Policy to Iran

(167) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 1:52 PM

It is time for the United States to stop spending its resources, goodwill, and credibility in the futile quest of trying to influence the trajectory of events in Egypt, Syria and the surrounding Arab states. Leadership now requires that America recognize, no matter how much it may wish it to...

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Needed: A Hippocratic Oath for U.S. Foreign Policy

(22) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 3:55 PM

"First do no harm" -- is the famous dictum drilled into newly minted doctors as they begin to practice medicine. The phrase is at the heart of the Hippocratic Oath and reminds doctors that when treating a patient they must consider the possibility that when faced with a medical emergency...

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The US Should Give Egypt's Military 48 Hours to Restore Civilian Rule

(5) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 10:57 AM

It is a truth universally acknowledged (my apologies to Jane Austen) that the removal of a country's elected leader by its military is deemed a military coup. So while I agree with President Obama's pragmatic refusal to so label the recent overthrow of Egypt's President Morsi, this finesse of terminology...

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

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:38 PM

Robert Morgenthau, the legendary Manhattan District Attorney, 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, arguably...

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

(10) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Israel's military intervention in Syria destroyed Hezbollah bound missiles that might soon be aimed at Israeli cities and was clearly in Israel's national interests. Now there is pressure in Washington for the United States to follow Israel's lead and to also get involved militarily. President Obama should resist these calls....

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Time For Some American Shock and Awe in Syria

(19) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 10:25 AM

United States' intelligence agencies and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are still not certain the Syrian government of President Assad has used chemical weapons against its opposition. Nothing has yet emerged from France, Germany or Britain to unequivocally confirm this charge either. But the clamor among the hawkish...

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Coming Soon: the Un-Pivot to Asia

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:44 PM

The re-balancing of United States interests in the Far East, the so called "pivot to Asia" that was announced two years ago by the Obama administration, is now stuck in neutral. That is because what the world is witnessing on the Korean Peninsula is good old-fashioned power politics: A move...

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

(61) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 1:05 PM

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.

The redesign began with the appointment of John Kerry...

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