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NATO Sobers Up

September 12, 2014 BY: Stephen Schlesinger TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow, Stephen Schlesinger writes about NATO's response to the conflict in Ukraine for The Huffington Post.

Last week's NATO meeting in Wales showed an unexpected and sobering realism on the most pressing issue it has faced in some years, namely the Ukrainian crisis. Despite many pressures on the body to take some sort of decisive action to counter the Russian threat to Ukraine -- beyond sanctions already instituted -- the 28 NATO countries agreed to make only a few limited measures on Ukraine, but mainly focused on strengthening their own security interests.

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Tags: ukraine rebellions, ukraine, russia, nato

Joint Letter to Secretary John F. Kerry Regarding UN General Assembly Action on North Korea

TCf fellow, Morton Abramowitz is a signatory to a Human Rights Watch letter to Secretary Kerry about UN action on the humanitarian situation in North Korea.

Dear Secretary Kerry,

The undersigned organizations and individuals, comprising several key advocacy groups, academic institutions, think tanks, and others, know that you understand the seriousness of the human rights situation inside North Korea, a country President Barack Obama spoke of in April as “probably the worst human rights violator in the world.”

We write to request that you personally attend a United Nations General Assembly side event on North Korea later this month to highlight the recent work of the UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea and set the stage for a strong General Assembly resolution endorsing its findings.

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Tags: united nations, secretary of state john kerry, north korea, john kerry, human rights watch, human rights, foreign policy

Fighting ISIS: The View From The Middle East

TCF fellow, Thanassis Cambanis talks to NPR about the reaction to the U.S. potentially taking military action against ISIS.

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Tags: military, middle east policy, middle east, isis, foreign policy

Skepticism abounds as Obama prepares to unveil Islamic State strategy

TCF senior fellow, Michael Wahid Hanna has been quoted in an AlJazeera America article about President Obama's response to ISIS.

A week after publicly admitting he didn’t yet have a strategy for solving the crises in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama will tell the nation on Wednesday he has prepared a plan and assembled a coalition of regional and NATO allies to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State insurgency. But reports that the White House envisages a limited commitment in Iraq, delayed action in Syria and a war plan that could be handed off to the next administration suggest his speech will do little to satisfy critics of his hands-off approach to the Middle East.

White House officials, according to a New York Times report, said Wednesday’s speech would lay out the next phases of a plan that began last month with over 140 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq. The second phase, the Times reported, will involve training and equipping Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces so they can retake and hold territory that has been cleared of the Sunni insurgents — all while working with Baghdad to ensure a “more inclusive” leadership for the country.

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Tags: syrian crisis, president obama, isis, iraq, foreign policy, barack o

 

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