Defense and Security

Op-Ed

The Great Drone Contradiction

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

The State Department released a new policy on military drone exports, opening the door to possible sales to countries other than close U.S. allies. Micah Zenko discusses implications of the policy for drone proliferation.

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Op-Ed

No Need to Declare War Against Our Current Enemy

Author: Max Boot
Hoover Institution

Congress is now debating President Obama’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Limited Military Force to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Yet the president’s request for this action from Congress comes more than six months after U.S. aircraft began bombing ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria, and even if passed it is merely an authorization for the use of force, not a full-fledged state of war, which Congress has not passed since World War II.

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Audio

Conveying War Through Fiction: The Insight of Veterans

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join Peter Godwin, author and president of the PEN American Center, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

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Video

Conveying War Through Fiction: The Insight of Veterans

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join Peter Godwin, author and president of the PEN American Center, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

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Transcript

Conveying War Through Fiction: The Insight of Veterans

Speakers: Elliot L. Ackerman, Matthew Gallagher, and Michael Pitre
Presider: Peter Godwin

Elliot L. Ackerman, author of Green on Blue: A Novel, Matthew Gallagher, author of Youngblood, and Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, join Peter Godwin, author and president of the PEN American Center, to discuss the authors’ military experiences during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what led each of them to write war-related novels.

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Interview

Japan's Hard Power Play

Michael Auslin interviewed by Eleanor Albert

While the ISIS executions of two Japanese hostages have reinvigorated a public debate about the country’s postwar pacifism, recent moves by Tokyo to revise its counterterrorism policies should be viewed in the context of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s larger military ambitions, says expert Michael Auslin.

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Op-Ed

Obama's Anti-ISIS AUMF: A Classic Muddle

Author: Max Boot
Commentary

Yesterday I wrote “here we go again” with President Obama agonizing over another major foreign-policy decision–whether or not to arm Ukraine–even as our enemies push ahead with great determination and cunning. Today we are seeing yet another Obama MO: the tendency, once endless administration deliberations are finished, to produce a split-the-difference solution that doesn’t accomplish as much as it should.

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Primary Sources

Obama Administration: National Security Strategy

The Obama Administration released its first National Security Strategy on May 27, 2010, and the second on February 6, 2015. The National Security Strategy is required by the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act and explains the administration's security issues and the strategies for addressing them. All strategies from 1987 are available on the National Security Strategy Archive

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Video

Xi Jinping's Economic Reforms and Consolidation of Power

Speakers: Madeleine K. Albright, Jin-Yong Cai, David M. Cote, and Jon Huntsman
Introductory Speaker: Henry M. Paulson
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy

Madeleine K. Albright, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Jin-Yong Cai, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the International Finance Corporation, David M. Cote, chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell, and Jon Huntsman, chairman of the Atlantic Council, join CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and director for Asia studies, to discuss the political, economic, and security aspects of the U.S.-China relationship and their policy implications.

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Audio

Xi Jinping's Economic Reforms and Consolidation of Power

Speakers: Madeleine K. Albright, Jin-Yong Cai, David M. Cote, and Jon Huntsman
Introductory Speaker: Henry M. Paulson
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy

Madeleine K. Albright, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Jin-Yong Cai, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the International Finance Corporation, David M. Cote, chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell, and Jon Huntsman, chairman of the Atlantic Council, join CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and director for Asia studies, to discuss the political, economic, and security aspects of the U.S.-China relationship and their policy implications.

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Transcript

Xi Jinping's Economic Reforms and Consolidation of Power

Speakers: Madeleine K. Albright, Jin-Yong Cai, David M. Cote, and Jon Huntsman
Introductory Speaker: Henry M. Paulson
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy

Madeleine K. Albright, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Jin-Yong Cai, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the International Finance Corporation, David M. Cote, chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell, and Jon Huntsman, chairman of the Atlantic Council, join CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies, to discuss the political, economic, and security aspects of the U.S.-China relationship and their policy implications.

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Video

Janet Napolitano Looks Back on Border Control, Cyber Policy, and Leadership in Homeland Security

Speaker: Janet Napolitano
Presider: Mary McInnis Boies

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joins Mary McInnis Boies, counsel at Boies, Schiller & Flexner and member of the board of directors at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss Napolitano’s time as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Audio

Janet Napolitano Looks Back on Border Control, Cyber Policy, and Leadership in Homeland Security

Speaker: Janet Napolitano
Presider: Mary McInnis Boies

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joins Mary McInnis Boies, counsel at Boies, Schiller & Flexner and member of the board of directors at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss Napolitano’s time as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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