ISIL as a Mass Movement

Author: Graeme Wood

In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 12, 2016, Graeme Wood discussed the self-proclaimed Islamic State as a mass movement and laid out the reasons for reasonable versus unreasonable fear of the movement and its constituents’ intentions. Based on his interactions with the Islamic State’s supporters abroad, Wood recommended that future U.S. government policy responses toward the Islamic State take into account not only military and political factors, but also “countercultural, religious, and existential ones,” and that politicians remain simultaneously rational and empathetic for their constituents.

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Colombia and FARC: Prospects for Peace

Speaker: Cynthia Arnson
Speaker: Bernard W. Aronson
Speaker: Daniel Restrepo
Presider: Michael Skol

Experts discuss Colombia’s peace negotiations with the FARC, prospects for completing and implementing a final deal, and implications for U.S.-Colombian relations.

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Kerry's Magic: Making the Jewish Victims Disappear

Author: Elliott Abrams
Weekly Standard

Secretary Kerry released a statement on the one year anniversary of the terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the kosher supermarket in Paris.  In the Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams describes how Kerry moved from diminishing the tragedy of the targeted killing of France's Jewish citizens to ignoring it completely.

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