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CrossTalk: Obama Doctrine

April 17, 2015 BY: Stephen Schlesinger TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow Stephen Schlesinger joined Russia Today's CrossTalk program today to discuss President Obama's foreign policy. Watch the full interview below:

Tags: obama, middle east policy, foreign policy, diplomacy

Egyptians Question President’s Decision to Go to War in Yemen

In Egypt, a public debate is growing regarding whether or not the country should go to war in Yemen in an attempt to combat Houthi rebels in the region. TCF fellow Michael Hanna commented on the Yemen debate and how a decision to go to war could leave the Egyptian government with a dissatisfied public.

“This is the kind of situation where they [the state] could face very real public disgruntlement and dissent. There are very few issues that could produce that kind of reaction. This seems like one,” said Hanna. “There has been an interesting level of questioning. That hasn’t been the case in the past year and a half.”

Read more on the discussion surrounding Egypt's involvement in Yemen at TIME.

Tags: time magazine, saudi arabia, egyptian government, conflict, abdul-fattah el-sisi

Iran is Winning the War for Dominance of the Middle East

There is a continuous battle for Middle Eastern dominance, with the two loose coalitions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, neither of whom have any solid grasp of what good governance would resemble in the region. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis says that despite the highly regional localized struggle, the U.S. should "take particular care in this conflict."

Sure, it’s bizarre to see the U.S. military working with Iran to battle the Islamic State in Iraq, while working against Tehran in Yemen. It’s also refreshing. This isn’t a homily; it’s foreign policy. It’s encouraging to see the United States operating around the edges of a complex, multiparty conflict and finding ways to advance American interests.

Read Cambanis's full article.

Tags: saudi arabia, middle east violence, middle east conflict, iran

As Encryption Spreads, U.S. Grapples with Clash between Privacy, Security

April 10, 2015 BY: Barton Gellman TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

For months, federal law enforcement agencies and industry have been deadlocked on a highly contentious issue: Should tech companies be obliged to guarantee government access to encrypted data on smartphones and other digital devices, and is that even possible without compromising the security of law-abiding customers? TCF fellow Bart Gellman co-authored an article with Ellen Nakashima examining the debate surrounding the issues of privacy and security.

Those taking part in the debate have polarized views, with advocates of default commercial encryption finding little common ground with government officials who see increasing peril as the technology becomes widespread on mobile phones and on text messaging apps.

Read Gellman and Nakashima's full article in the Washington Post.

Tags: security, privacy, encryption, apple

What’s Behind the FBI’s Obsessive “Stingray” Secrecy?

April 9, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Sam Adler-Bell TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

We know police departments are using Stingray technology to obtain evidence without proper permission from courts, but the FBI continues to conceal evidence of its use.


A Dove Can’t Win a Hawk Fight

April 8, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Foreign Policy

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has just announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race. However, as TCF fellow Michael Cohen explains, Paul's sensibilities, particularly in terms of his stance on foreign policy, will not allow him to pass beyond the primaries in the upcoming election.

These are the words of a politician who thinks the United States needs to have a more restrained foreign policy and a national security mindset that sees the use of military force as a measure of last resort.

These are sensible views. Needless to say, they are not shared by the rank and file of the Republican Party.

Find Cohen's full piece in Foreign Policy.

Tags: republicans, rand paul, presidential race, foreign policy


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