Tag: Obama

America’s Chamberlain? Obama and the Challenge of American Power

Neville Chamberlain had to deal with a public opinion that was in many quarters vehemently against military engagement of any kind. Obama faces a similar challenge. After two, painful and largely unnecessary wars, American public opinion is weary of foreign adventures. Obama is not Neville Chamberlain. But like Neville Chamberlain, Obama risks now going down in history as an appeaser to an aggressor’s rise.

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Countering ISIS: A Special Kind of Insurgency

It is commonplace these days to refer to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām (i.e. Greater Syria) – henceforth, ISIS – as the greatest threat to regional, international, and for some countries, even national security. Yet, one of the biggest questions that needs to be answered is, how do we counter ISIS? In what follows, the particular character of the group is identified in order to suggest appropriate countering strategies.

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