Publication: National Interest

First reported 10 hours ago - Updated 7 hours ago - 1 reports

Putin's Goal for Ukraine

The initial optimism that the first face-to-face meeting between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine last week in Minsk represented the long-awaited start to the de-escalation of Europe’s worst security crisis in a generation was dashed when, contrary ... [Published National Interest - 10 hours ago]
First reported 10 hours ago - Updated 10 hours ago - 1 reports

The PKK Rumbles in Northern Iraq

Makhmour, a small farming town with a population of 28.000, is part of the more than 600 miles long frontline that curls from the northwestern to the eastern border of war-torn Iraq. The town lies just 50 miles southwest of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi ... [Published National Interest - 10 hours ago]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

The Illusion of Chinese Weakness

The rise of China is perhaps the defining event of our epoch. Although predictions of the future are notoriously unreliable, such a monumental shift in the global order, which is currently being witnessed from one characterized by expansive Western domination, ... [Published National Interest - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

The Pope's Verdict on Japan's Comfort Women

Before his final mass in South Korea on August 18, Pope Francis met with seven elderly ladies who had been Comfort Women. As teenagers during World War II they were trafficked by Imperial Japan to be sex slaves. Military records on the operation of a ... [Published National Interest - Aug 31 2014]
Entities: Japan, Verdict, Tribunal
First reported Aug 30 2014 - Updated Aug 30 2014 - 1 reports

Five NATO Weapons of War Russia Should Fear

Editor's Note: Please also see our other “weapons of war” articles such as: Five Chinese Weapons of War America Should Fear , Five American Weapons of War China Should Fear ,  Five Japanese Weapons of War China Should Fear and the Five Best Weapons of ... [Published National Interest - Aug 30 2014]
Entities: NATO, Russia, War
First reported Aug 30 2014 - Updated Aug 30 2014 - 1 reports

The Five Most-Powerful Navies on the Planet

It’s a universal truth handed down since antiquity: a country with a coastline has a navy. Big or small, navies worldwide have the same basic mission—to project military might into neighboring waters and beyond.The peacetime role of navies has been more ... [Published National Interest - Aug 30 2014]
First reported Aug 29 2014 - Updated Aug 30 2014 - 1 reports

Now Is Not the Time to Back Out of Arms-Control Deals with Russia

The Obama administration has determined that Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which bans ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. The Obama administration has reportedly ... [Published National Interest - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 29 2014 - Updated Aug 30 2014 - 1 reports

America Can't End Syria's Civil War

“The time has come to join Syria in a joint effort to destroy the Islamic State.” What previously was deemed unthinkable is now being widely discussed by members of the American foreign-policy community. The reason for this dramatic reversal has its roots ... [Published National Interest - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 29 2014 - 1 reports

The Islamic State's Dangerous Influence in Asia

In places across Indonesia, small collections of political Islamists have “ openly pledged their allegiance ” to the extremist terrorist group, the Islamic State (IS). One of those who have voiced their support is Abu Bakar Bashir, the founder of the ... [Published National Interest - Aug 28 2014]
First reported Aug 29 2014 - Updated Aug 29 2014 - 1 reports

Intervention in Libya, and It Wasn't American

Within the past week the United Arab Emirates, aided by Egypt, conducted airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya. The targeted forces are among the contestants in the surging turmoil and civil warfare in Libya. The airstrikes do not appear to be ... [Published National Interest - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 28 2014 - 1 reports

Paying Ransoms: What the Barbary Pirates Teach Us about ISIS

There is a debate raging between the United States and Europe over the wisdom of paying ransoms to terrorists who kidnap people. The United States refuses to pay. The Europeans say they do not pay, yet end up paying through intermediaries (often the hostages’ ... [Published National Interest - Aug 28 2014]
Entities: Piracy, Hostage, Mercenaries
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 28 2014 - 1 reports

Decades-Old Security Council Resolutions Are Holding Israeli-Palestinian Peace Back. It's Time for Something New.

When Secretary Kerry’s anticipated failure to mediate an Israeli-Palestinian permanent status agreement resulted in a complete stalemate of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, it was clear it might have severe short and long-term repercussions. On the ... [Published National Interest - Aug 28 2014]

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...A similar dynamic is dividing Americans and Europeans today. "We must find a way to break the cycle,” David Cohen, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department put it to a Chatham House audience in 2012. “Refusing to pay ransoms or to make other concessions to terrorists is, clearly, the surest way to break the cycle, because if kidnappers consistently fail to get what they want, they will have a strong incentive to stop taking hostages in the first place." The same thing might have been said by a U S official in the late 1700s
...Obama’s failure to keep forces in Iraq; the other is that more was not done to achieve the destruction of the Assad regime by Syrian “moderates.” "Critics have long warned,” intones the New York Times , “that America’s withdrawal of troops from Iraq, without leaving even a token force, invited an insurgent revival. The apparent role of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Tuesday’s attack helps vindicate those, among them the former ambassador to Syria, Robert S Ford, who have called for arming more moderate groups in the Syrian conflict."
...For example, [18]Mitchell Reiss and Ray Takeyh argue [18] that "to succeed in nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Western powers should be mindful...[that] Iran needs an agreement more than the United States does...There is no reason for Washington to seem more eager than Tehran to reach an agreement..." Yes, if one chooses to dismiss the issue of an alleged nuclear weapons capability in Iran, then indeed the advice of such commentators may be worth heeding...

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Putin's Goal for Ukraine [Published National Interest - 10 hours ago]
The PKK Rumbles in Northern Iraq [Published National Interest - 10 hours ago]
The Illusion of Chinese Weakness [Published National Interest - Aug 31 2014]
The Pope's Verdict on Japan's Comfort Women [Published National Interest - Aug 31 2014]
The Five Most-Powerful Navies on the Planet [Published National Interest - Aug 30 2014]
Five NATO Weapons of War Russia Should Fear [Published National Interest - Aug 30 2014]
Now Is Not the Time to Back Out of Arms-Control... [Published National Interest - Aug 29 2014]
America Can't End Syria's Civil War [Published National Interest - Aug 29 2014]
Intervention in Libya, and It Wasn't American [Published National Interest - Aug 29 2014]
Paying Ransoms: What the Barbary Pirates Teach ... [Published National Interest - Aug 28 2014]
The Islamic State's Dangerous Influence in Asia [Published National Interest - Aug 28 2014]
Decades-Old Security Council Resolutions Are Ho... [Published National Interest - Aug 28 2014]
Can Germany Save Ukraine? [Published National Interest - Aug 27 2014]
Ukraine Crisis: Time to Reach a Resolution [Published National Interest - Aug 27 2014]
The Eternal Collapse of Russia [Published National Interest - Aug 27 2014]
Limited War Is Back [Published National Interest - Aug 27 2014]
Revolution and Intervention: A Delicate Balance... [Published National Interest - Aug 27 2014]
Rebels Who'd Had a Cause: Havel and Michnik Aft... [Published National Interest - Aug 27 2014]
Iran and the Nuclear Sanctions Debate [Published National Interest - Aug 27 2014]
France and Friends Are Letting Germany Conquer ... [Published National Interest - Aug 26 2014]
Iraq, Obama and the Future of War Powers [Published National Interest - Aug 26 2014]
Fixing Fragile States [Published National Interest - Aug 26 2014]
Why Is Obama Suppressing the Atrocities Prevent... [Published National Interest - Aug 26 2014]
UKIP: Britain's Tea Party [Published National Interest - Aug 26 2014]
ISIS in Perspective [Published National Interest - Aug 25 2014]
Hillary's Predictable Syria Protest [Published National Interest - Aug 25 2014]
How to Stop the Sale of France's Mistrals to Ru... [Published National Interest - Aug 01 2014]
Syria and Iraq: Different Nations, Same War [Published National Interest - Jun 18 2014]
'Experts' Wrong About Iran's Nuclear Program [Published National Interest - Jan 18 2014]
Central Asia's Simmering Instability [Published National Interest - Aug 09 2012]
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