Tag: Obama

‘Airstrikes Will Erode ISIS Firepower’ But Will Ground Forces Be Needed?

‘Airstrikes Will Erode ISIS Firepower’ But Will Ground Forces Be Needed?

[ 0 ] September 23, 2014 |

compiled (from news tip) by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014:  The United States military and Arab allies began airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria early this morning. President Obama said the strikes “make clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone.” Duke legal expert and former Air Force major general Charlie […]

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WATCH: Bruce Jentleson Explains Obama’s ISIS Strategy

WATCH: Bruce Jentleson Explains Obama’s ISIS Strategy

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 18, 2014:  What is Obama’s strategy for combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria? How successful has the U.S. administration been in forming a global coalition to counter the growing ISIS threat to the region? Bruce Jentleson, Professor of Public Policy at Duke University and a Wilson […]

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Ella Lipin: Understanding ISIS’s Apocalyptic Appeal

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by ELLA LIPIN for COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (MIDDLE EAST MATTERS BLOG) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  President Barack Obama’s expected announcement today of a long-term military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) follows an unusually grizzly few months of territorial conquest and seemingly barbaric behavior. To the outside world, this period […]

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Obama Approach on Foreign Policy is ‘Not Tough Enough’ Say 54% of Americans

[ 0 ] August 29, 2014 |

As New Dangers Loom, More Think the U.S. Does ‘Too Little’ to Solve World Problems:  54% Say Obama Approach on Foreign Policy Is ‘Not Tough Enough’ by PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR PEOPLE & THE PRESS/USA TODAY on AUGUST 28, 2014:  A large majority of Americans think the world is a more dangerous place than it […]

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Malaysia Picks Up Pieces After Back-to-Back Plane Tragedies (A Conversation with the Ambassador)

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014 |

“I had just lost the last election by 201 votes out of 80,000 in my constituency in Bachok, when one day I got a call from the prime minister asking me to take this job,” said Awang, who had been the deputy minister of finance. “I told him, ‘I’m not a diplomat.’ He laughed and […]

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In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 20, 2014:  Charlie Dunlap Jr, a professor of the practice at Duke Law School and executive director of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, said today that ISIS “has grossly miscalculated” in its execution of freelance journalist James Foley. Foley was abducted in northern Syria in […]

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5 Questions by Which to Judge Obama’s Decision to Return US Forces to Combat (Peter Feaver)

5 Questions by Which to Judge Obama’s Decision to Return US Forces to Combat (Peter Feaver)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by PETER FEAVER for FOREIGN POLICY on AUGUST 19, 2014:  President Barack Obama took a big gamble in recommitting U.S. forces into combat in Iraq’s civil war. I think he made the right choice, and so do the American people (so far). Despite being told over and over again by pundits that they must oppose […]

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Don’t BS the American People About Iraq, Syria, and ISIL (Brian Fishman)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by BRIAN FISHMAN for WAR ON THE ROCKS on AUGUST 20, 2014:  The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the seriousness required to counter them. Unfortunately, much of the political discourse about the Islamic […]

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Israel Can’t Afford to Lose Jews Like Me (David Schanzer)

Israel Can’t Afford to Lose Jews Like Me (David Schanzer)

[ 10 ] August 8, 2014 |

by DAVID H. SCHANZER for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 8, 2014: Writing in the New York Times today, columnist Shmuel Rosner labeled non-Israeli liberal Jews that are becoming more estranged from modern day Israel, as “fair weather fans” that Israel both can and should ignore. He is dead wrong on both counts. I am far from […]

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Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

[ 0 ] August 8, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2014:   Some academic resources/books on Yazidis, via Sociology of Islam Listserv and scholar Asil Nasir Dyck: 1) Asil Nasir Dyck, British travel accounts on the Yazidis of Northern Iraq, 1800-1850, [M.A. thesis], History and Archeology, American University of Beirut, 1974. 2) Sami said Ahmed, […]

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