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Arise Xchange - 30/09

October 1, 2014 BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF policy associate, Neil Bhatiya has appeared on Arise Xchange to talk about the democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Watch the full interview - it begins at 12:52.

Tags: protests, hong kong, democracy, china

Modi, Obama, and U.S.–Indian Cooperation on Climate Change

September 26, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya writes at The Week that climate change should be at the top of the agenda when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the United States to meet with President Obama next week.

Tags: the week, obama, modi, climate change

Obama’s great dilemma: to be or not to be the world’s policeman

TCF fellow, Michael Cohen has written about President Obama's reluctant intervention against ISIS for The Guardian.

Iraq… America just can't quit you. For 23 years and across four presidencies, American planes have been waging war either against or on behalf of Iraqis. And if President Obama's prediction of a long-term struggle against Isis is correct, it might soon be five presidents and a quarter of a century.

How does that keep happening? How did a candidate who won the nation's highest office on a platform of ending the war in Iraq find himself six years later announcing yet another military engagement in Iraq? How has a president who has seemingly made it his priority to pivot to Asia, rely less on the military and put forward a more restrained foreign policy been thwarted once again?

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Tags: president obama, isis, iraq war, iraq, foreign policy, barack obama

Entering the Syrian Minefield

TCF fellow, Thanassis Cambanis has appeared on Ian Masters' Background Briefing to discuss the state of the civil war in Syria.

We examine an increasingly deadly and intractable civil war next door in Syria, further inflamed by the beheading of a third Western hostage by the Islamic State which is likely to draw the United States further into a conflict involving 1,500 rival militia groups fighting among themselves and occasionally against the Assad regime, that has resulted in the deaths of 200,000 Syrians, the destruction of the country and the displacement of a third of Syria’s population.

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Tags: syrian crisis, syrian civil war, syria, civil war syria, civil war

The dangerous, valuable work of U.N. peacekeepers

September 19, 2014 BY: Stephen Schlesinger TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow, Stephen Schlesinger has written an op-ed for the LA Times about UN peacekeepers. 

In mid-August, two United Nations peacekeepers from Burkina Faso were killed and several wounded in a suicide attack in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali. In early September, also in Mali, four peacekeeping troops from Chad lost their lives and many were injured when their convoy hit a mine.

This brings the total number of U.N. personnel who have died so far this year due to hostile action to 12; last year, 36 lost their lives. In addition, in late August, 45 U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji monitoring the Golan Heights were seized by a Syrian militant group allied with Al Qaeda and held as hostages for two weeks before being released Sept. 11.

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Tags: united nations, un peacekeepers, u.n., peacekeepers

Congressional Hearing on ISIS: Where is Syria?

TCF senior fellow, Michael Wahid Hanna has been mentioned in a Brookings Institute article about the U.S. strategy aganist ISIS.

Congressional hearings aren’t always illuminating, but this time they were. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tried — and, at times, struggled — to minimize the apparent contradictions of our evolving policy. Taken together, their remarks confirm what many have suspected — that there is, and will continue to be, a gaping hole at the heart of our ISIS strategy. That hole is Syria.

Despite all the talk about boosting mainstream Syrian rebels (“mainstream” or “non-extremist” are more appropriate descriptors than “moderate”), the administration hasn’t proposed any new funding beyond the $500 million in aid requested by the president in June, well before ISIS conquered the headlines. At the time, the plan was dismissed as being far too small. As one defense official said, “I get the sense no one really wants to do it.”

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Tags: syria, isis, foreign policy


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