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Putting The Islamic State In Proper Context
By Ilan Berman,, September 17, 2014

Quite suddenly, all eyes are riveted on the Islamic State (IS). Ever since its self-proclaimed “emir,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the creation of a new “caliphate” during a speech in Mosul, Iraq this June, his group has become global public enemy number one. 

Confronting The Evolving Peril In Islamic Extremism
By Ilan Berman, Washington Times, September 11, 2014

What a difference a couple of months can make. This summer, the Bipartisan Policy Center released a new report from Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the original co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission. That study, titled "Today's Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States," warned that America was running the risk of becoming a victim of its own counterterrorism success. 

Russia's Costly Ukrainian Conquest
By Herman Pirchner, Jr., Washington Times, September 9, 2014

Ukrainian government and the Russian-directed separatist movement occupying parts of two Ukrainian provinces and Crimea. Few expect it to last because neither side is ready to live with the status quo. 

Ukraine needs to resume fighting to prevent Moscow from permanently controlling separatist-occupied Ukraine. Moscow needs to resume fighting to achieve its further territorial ambitions in Ukraine. Further, if Russian President Vladimir Putin is stopped in Ukraine, it will complicate his designs on the territory of Kazakhstan, Belarus, Moldova and other parts of the former USSR. How is this likely to play out? 

A Post-America South America
By Ilan Berman, inFocus Quarterly, September 9, 2014

Last fall, in a speech before the Organization of American States, Secretary of State John Kerry announced with great fanfare that the "era of the Monroe Doctrine is over." Kerry's pronouncement was a distinctly political one, intended to reassure regional powers that the heavy-handed interventionism that at times had characterized America's approach to Latin America was a thing of the past. But it was also very much a sign of the times, because the United States is in strategic retreat in its own hemisphere. 

What Obama Should Tell America (But Likely Won't)
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, September 9, 2014

My fellow Americans: 

I want to speak with you tonight about an issue of vital national security, and that's the challenge presented by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - the radical terrorist organization that has seized a vast amount of territory in those countries, and that has threatened to attack the United States. 

Ukraine: What Must Be Done Now
By Stephen Blank,, September 8, 2014

Don’t let the latest news out of Ukraine fool you; Russia actually invaded Ukraine six months ago. What is happening today is just an intensification of that assault. 

Hamas: The Middle East's Other 'Cancer'
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, August 26, 2014

In the photo, Daniel Tragerman stands proudly next to his Lego tower. He wears a blue-and-white Lionel Messi jersey, dark shorts and sandals; brown bangs tickle his forehead, and he looks at us with a charming half-smile. He seems, like most four-year-olds, soft, innocent and irresistibly huggable. 

Last Shot For Reality To Pierce Russian Fantasy
By Ilan Berman, USA Today, August 25, 2014

On Tuesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, in Minsk, Belarus in an effort to bring an end to the crisis in Ukraine. The summit is shaping up to be a critical turning point in the six-month-old conflict over the soul of Ukraine. 

Playing Pretend Over The Foley Beheading
By James S. Robbines, The Washington Times, August 25, 2014

The State Department says that Islamic State terrorists were not sending the United States a message when they beheaded American photojournalist James Foley. 

Uh, yes, they were. 

A Time for Deterrance
By Stephen Blank, The National, August 21, 2014

 American politician and poet Eugene McCarthy once said that the media are like blackbirds on a telegraph pole. Once the impulse goes through, they all jump in the same direction. Fortunately for McCarthy, the Washington punditocracy was not as developed then as it is now.