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Congressional Hearing on ISIS: Where is Syria?

TCF senior fellow, Michael Wahid Hanna has been mentioned in a Brookings Institute article about the U.S. strategy aganist ISIS.

Congressional hearings aren’t always illuminating, but this time they were. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tried — and, at times, struggled — to minimize the apparent contradictions of our evolving policy. Taken together, their remarks confirm what many have suspected — that there is, and will continue to be, a gaping hole at the heart of our ISIS strategy. That hole is Syria.

Despite all the talk about boosting mainstream Syrian rebels (“mainstream” or “non-extremist” are more appropriate descriptors than “moderate”), the administration hasn’t proposed any new funding beyond the $500 million in aid requested by the president in June, well before ISIS conquered the headlines. At the time, the plan was dismissed as being far too small. As one defense official said, “I get the sense no one really wants to do it.”

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Tags: syria, isis, foreign policy

NATO Sobers Up

September 12, 2014 BY: Stephen Schlesinger TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow, Stephen Schlesinger writes about NATO's response to the conflict in Ukraine for The Huffington Post.

Last week's NATO meeting in Wales showed an unexpected and sobering realism on the most pressing issue it has faced in some years, namely the Ukrainian crisis. Despite many pressures on the body to take some sort of decisive action to counter the Russian threat to Ukraine -- beyond sanctions already instituted -- the 28 NATO countries agreed to make only a few limited measures on Ukraine, but mainly focused on strengthening their own security interests.

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Tags: ukraine rebellions, ukraine, russia, nato

Rand Paul’s Revealing Critique of Hillary Clinton

September 12, 2014 BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya write in The Week that climate-change denier Rand Paul inadvertently raises an important question about climate change as a security threat.

Tags: security threat, rand paul, hillary clinton, climate change

Joint Letter to Secretary John F. Kerry Regarding UN General Assembly Action on North Korea

TCf fellow, Morton Abramowitz is a signatory to a Human Rights Watch letter to Secretary Kerry about UN action on the humanitarian situation in North Korea.

Dear Secretary Kerry,

The undersigned organizations and individuals, comprising several key advocacy groups, academic institutions, think tanks, and others, know that you understand the seriousness of the human rights situation inside North Korea, a country President Barack Obama spoke of in April as “probably the worst human rights violator in the world.”

We write to request that you personally attend a United Nations General Assembly side event on North Korea later this month to highlight the recent work of the UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea and set the stage for a strong General Assembly resolution endorsing its findings.

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Tags: united nations, secretary of state john kerry, north korea, john kerry, human rights watch, human rights, foreign policy


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