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September 24, 2014

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September 23, 2014

A Crowded National Security Agenda (With ISIS at the Forefront)

At a forum hosted by Just Security and CQ Roll Call on Monday, the spotlight was on how Congress has been weighing its options for action against the now notorious terrorist group, the Islamic State — and how the fight against the group has crowded out other national security issues.

The event, moderated by CQ Roll Call’s David Ellis (@dellisnyc), was held at New York University’s Washington, D.C. center and featured five national security experts. The panelists were Rachel Kleinfeld (@rachelkleinfeld), a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Gerald Seib (@geraldfseib), the Washington bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires; Tim Starks (@timstarks), who writes for CQ Roll Call’s Five by Five blog; Charles “Cully” Stimson (@cullystimson), a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation; and Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck), co-editor-in-chief of Just Security.

Some highlights: Full story

September 22, 2014

Congress Vs. ISIS, National Security and the Elections in the Week Ahead

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Kaine speaks with a reporter by the Ohio Clock Corridor in the Capitol in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A United Nations climate change summit that President Obama is scheduled to visit this week gives the White House a chance to push its fight against the Islamic State group before other countries. And a U.S. visit next week by new Indian prime minister Narenda Modi is giving think tanks and organizations a lot of reasons to hold India-related events in advance.

Then there are the subjects in the headline. Full story

September 18, 2014

Scottish Independence: North Korean Annihilation of England Possibly Pending


North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened “annihilation” of “English hegemons” early Thursday if they interfered with Scottish independence, which is, of course, ironic, but also is about how much the North Koreans wants some of that delicious Scotch whisky. Not even kidding. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 3:33 p.m.
Foreign Policy, War

September 15, 2014

Presidential Politics and Defense, ISIS Hearings in the Week Ahead

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Rubio, July 9. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The first order of business this week on the Hill is passing a stopgap spending bill, which is of course of interest to the defense and national security world. You could also throw a rock and hit any given Iran nuclear event in D.C., so we’ll mostly focus on other things… Full story

September 10, 2014

Effective Middle East Coalition Against ISIS No Given for Obama

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President of Iraq Fuad Masum (R) greets U,S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) before a meeting in Wednesday in Baghdad. Kerry is visiting Iraq where he will meet with leaders, including new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, to talk about the threat presented by ISIS and other issues. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Ahead of President Obama’s big speech Wednesday evening on his plans for combatting the terrorist group commonly known as ISIS, CQ Roll Call’s Jonathan Broder spoke with a number of experts about the United States teaming up with Middle Eastern countries. They told him: It’s complicated. Full story

September 9, 2014

Benghazi, Judiciary Chairmen File Bill to Block Libyan Pilot Training in U.S.

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Gowdy speaks with the media on the East Front of the Capitol after a vote in the House, July 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A group of Republican House members — including the head of the special Benghazi investigative committee and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee — are now pushing legislation that would block the Obama administration from lifting a ban on Libyans training at U.S. flight schools, or receiving training in nuclear science.

Their objection: Libya is getting worse security-wise, so maybe the timing of the Department of Homeland Security’s regulatory change is poor. Full story

September 8, 2014

Police Militarization, Congressional Comeback in the Week Ahead

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Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress is back in town for a little while, with a blend of housekeeping and rowdiness on the national security front. That means a continuing resolution to keep the government funded until December, including some national security programs; a House resolution criticizing President Obama over the “Taliban Five”/Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap; and maybe a new war authorization stemming from the uptick of military action in Iraq.

Congress’ return also means Washington, D.C. will be humming again, and Five By Five will be back to its regular publishing schedule… Full story

September 3, 2014

Obama Official on Defeating ISIS: Get More International, Fix Syria

[UPDATED 3:02 p.m. Sept. 4]

A day after a video surfaced showing the beheading of a second American journalist held captive by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), the director of the National Counterterrorism Center suggested that a key to defeating the group was assembling an international coalition and looking toward a political transition in Syria as a long-term strategy.

Full story

September 2, 2014

Advice for the New NATO Chief

As President Barack Obama preps for a visit this week to a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Wales, and as Russia readies a revised military doctrine in response to NATO, a think tank is offering advice to incoming secretary general Jens Stoltenberg of Norway.

The Center for a New American Security policy brief, released Tuesday, includes steps for the new NATO chief in reckoning with Russia and the group widely known as ISIS. Full story

August 30, 2014

A Clarification By the Pakistani Army, But a Political Dispute Up in the Air

On Friday, the Pakistani Army clarified their involvement in negotiations between two leading political parties, all in one simple tweet. But that doesn’t mean everything is settled in a democratic nation where the Army’s role in governing has sometimes been a source of complexity. Full story

August 26, 2014

Should Congress Authorize Air Strikes in Syria?

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Kaine, at an April Senate Foreign Relations hearing. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

A pair of senior senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee want President Barack Obama to come to Congress for authorization of any air strikes in Syria targeting the group popularly known as ISIS, which has made big gains in Iraq. Others? Not so interested in Congress getting involved. Full story

August 20, 2014

Russia as Biggest Threat to International Order (Even if It Doesn’t Mean It)

As international menaces go, the Islamic State group has stolen headlines from Russia, but that doesn’t mean Vladimir Putin has gone away as a threat. But how much of a threat is he, and why? Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 3:36 p.m.
Foreign Policy

August 18, 2014

Defense Philanthropy, Ukraine Vs. Russia in the Week Ahead

This is the slowest week event-wise of the August congressional recess so far, at least as it pertains to defense and national security. There are, however, a few items of note. Full story

August 13, 2014

Where National Security Is (and Mainly, Isn’t) in 2014 Elections

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Braley helps out on the grill in the Pork Tent at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Aug. 7. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When Iraq popped up this week as an issue in the Iowa Senate race between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst based on her comments about troop levels in recent years, it marked something rare: an occasion where a national security debate surfaced in the 2014 elections for purely national security reasons.

Despite a whole host of places around the globe where security is a rising topic in the news — Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Russia — defense and foreign policy has largely been on the sidelines in congressional races. Even when it has been debated, it has usually been  for other reasons, such as how it reflects on President Barack Obama’s performance. But because of that, and more, national security could still play a role in the 2014 elections.

Full story

August 11, 2014

World War I, National Security Agency and Iran in the Week Ahead

It’s a week that’s heavy in the middle with defense and national security-related events. Full story

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