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Why Maliki’s Ouster is No Magic Bullet for Iraq

August 22, 2014 BY: Michael Wahid Hanna TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF senior fellow, Michael Wahid Hanna writes about why Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's departure is only the first step to improving Iraq's political and security situation for AlJazeera America.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has reluctantly bowed to reality and given up his attempts to secure a third term — powerfully affirming the principle of a peaceful transfer of authority. But hopes that his ouster will, in itself, bring rapid improvement in Iraq’s political and security situation are overly optimistic.

Much of the recent media conversation about the rapid territorial gains of the Islamic State (IS) focused on Maliki, as if he had been the key obstacle to the achievement of a new Iraqi national consensus that could turn the tide against the extremists. Maliki’s sectarian, authoritarian and paranoid tendencies as well as his growing incompetence have certainly exacerbated the country’s chronic political and security maladies and rendered him a toxic figure among Iraq’s domestic and foreign stakeholders. And the impending transfer of power from one Shia prime minister of the Da’wa party to another, Haider el-Abadi, avoids the potential for a major disruption among Iraq’s democratic institutions.

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Tags: sunni fighters, isis, iraqi sunnis, iraq war, iraq

Obama’s Mission Against ISIS Just Fundamentally Changed

August 22, 2014 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow, Michael Cohen has been quoted in a Business Insider article about Obama's esponse to ISIS' murder of journalist James Foley.

President Barack Obama surprised many observers Wednesday with his brevity and anger when he spoke about the brutal murder of American photojournalist James Foley at the hands of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL).

It was Obama as "you've never seen him before," as The Huffington Post put it on the site's banner. Some observers on Twitter said he sounded almost "Bush-ian," a reference to President George W. Bush. And some analysts think it could mean the start of a long, extended campaign against the group, which Obama compared to a "cancer" and said "doesn't belong in the 21st century."

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

Asian Development Bank Report Underscores Economic Need to Address Climate Change

August 21, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

A new report from the Asian Development Bank underscores the cost of waiting to address the effects of climate change in South Asia. TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya has the details.

Tags: sri lanka, nepal, maldives, india, climate change deniers, climate change, bhutan, bangladesh, asian development bank

Remembering Climate Hawk Jim Jeffords

August 20, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

This week, Jim Jeffords, the former senator from Vermont, passed away at the age of 80. TCF's Neil Bhatiya looks back at the career of one of the few Senators to speak openly about climate change in a bipartisan way.

Tags: gop, environmentalism, environment, climate change

What did Hillary mean? Depends whom you ask

August 20, 2014 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow, Michael Cohen has been quoted in a Boston Globe article about Hillary Clinton's comments about President Obama's foreign policy.

If Hillary Clinton doesn’t become the next president of the United States, perhaps she could set up as the next Oracle of Delphi. To the ancient Greeks, the oracle was an authority of immense significance, whose pronouncements carried such weight that supplicants would undertake grueling journeys to consult her before making important decisions. But the Delphic words of wisdom were often ambiguous. “Arguments over the correct interpretation of an oracle were common,” one account notes, “but the oracle was always happy to give another prophecy if more gold was provided.”

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Tags: president obama, hillary clinton, foreign policy, barack obama

The Lost Bipartisan Consensus on Climate Change

August 20, 2014 BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF's Neil Bhatiya has written an article for The Week, about the passing of Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords, who championed environmental causes.

his week, Jim Jeffords, the former senator from Vermont, passed away at the age of 80. Jeffords is perhaps most famous for disrupting the balance of power in the Senate in 2001. Disillusioned with the growing conservative bent of the Republican Party, Jeffords declared himself an Independent in May of that year, undermining GOP control of the Senate.

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Tags: environmentalism, environment, climate change


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