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September 29, 2014
A handful of congressional panels are in action this week despite the prolonged recess, and naturally there’s some discussion of Iraq and Syria around Washington, D.C. Also, video games.
September 26, 2014
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Welcome to the new Weekly Recap, featuring highlights of Five By Five posts you may have missed as well as interesting reads from around the web. Full story
September 24, 2014
Libya’s new security force is, “by any definition,” a “train wreck,” a Middle East expert said Wednesday. And it’s so bad that the Pentagon — which has a planned role in training the force — is hoping it doesn’t move forward. Full story
September 23, 2014
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
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
Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un warns English hegemons to cease interference in democratic elections of Scotland, or face annihilation.
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) September 18, 2014
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 want some of that delicious Scotch whisky. Not even kidding. Full story
September 15, 2014
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
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
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.
September 8, 2014
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
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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.
September 2, 2014
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.
August 30, 2014
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
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
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