Watch the Brookings Debate
June 24, 2015
The United States has been wary of another war in the Middle East, but opinion polls show that more than 50 percent of Americans still support sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS. Michael O’Hanlon, Jeremy Shapiro, Michael Doran, and Senator Chris Murphy debated whether or not the United States should engage ISIS directly. Watch the debate
Michael E. O’Hanlon
U.S. policy toward Syria since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings has been a litany of miscalculations, resulting in frustration and tragedy for the Syrian people. Michael O’Hanlon makes a case for a new approach to Syria that attempts to bring ends and means more realistically into balance. Read more
Harold Trinkunas and Ian Wallace
In the wake of the 2013 crisis in U.S.-Brazilian relations, provoked by Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations of U.S. spying via the Internet, Brazil and the United States found a way to work together constructively to preserve and advance the global Internet freedom agenda. Read more
Presidents Obama and Rousseff are unlikely to give much attention to the human rights crisis. Despite the shared histories of Brazil and the United States, the two countries hold starkly different views when it comes to national interest and defense of human rights, writes Ted Piccone.
China, not the United States, will make the critical decisions about its future. Jeffrey Bader argues that, though faced with an evolving China, the United States should not discard the approach created by American statesmen who built and nurtured the U.S.-China relationship—and who established peace in Asia for a generation.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is solidifying Saudi friendships. The back-to-back visits to Russia and France underscore the critical role Mohammed bin Salman plays in his father’s cabinet, writes Bruce Riedel. Witnessing the refugee crisis on Syria and Turkey’s border. Elizabeth Ferris and Kemal Kirişci share their observations and insights into the massive displacement crisis around the Syrian-Turkish border from conversations with refugees, Turkish officials, NGO workers, and international aid representatives. Deadline approaching for the comprehensive deal with Iran.Richard Nephew argues in favor of a deal with Iran as outlined in the Obama administration’s April 2 fact sheet. That deal, Nephew writes, is technically feasible and a significant improvement over the status quo—and certainly better than a complete breakdown of the negotiated Joint Plan of Action.
The resilience of Turkish President Erdoğan and the AKP. Turkey’s recent election seemed to result in an “unprecedented” defeat for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, yet it won 47 percent of the seats in the National Assembly. If that’s what counts as an “unprecedented defeat,” then this was one very successful party, writes Shadi Hamid.
DEFENSE AND SECURITY
Devising a new cybersecurity strategy following the OPM hack.Richard Bejtlich argues that it is time for governments at all levels to embrace a new strategy for defending information. Bejtlich writes that strategy should focus on finding and removing intruders already in the network, not shoring up defenses against adversaries assumed to be waiting to attack.
Saving Somalia (Again). Vanda Felbab-Brown explains that the rest of 2015 and 2016 are important times for Somalia, because they could either resurrect optimism about the country’s progress or reinforce disappointment.
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