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February 14, 2018

Fox Fellow Clint Watts Interviewed by MSNBC on Trump’s Use of Classified Information

MSNBC Reports last week revealed that Former Staff Secretary Rob Porter only had interim security clearance in the White House. The President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, among other high-ranking officials still only have limited security clearance. Former FBI Special Agent Clint Watts questions why the Trump team would allow them access to classified information. Watch the […]

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In The News: Clint Watts
February 13, 2018

Templeton Fellow Nada Bakos Quoted by CNN on White House Security Clearance Policy

CNN But several sources, including intelligence officials who have served in Democratic and Republican administrations told CNN last week that such a backlog was very unusual and made clear the process should have been finished after a year in office.   Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst said Monday that a year was a “long […]

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In The News: Nada Bakos
February 13, 2018

Senior Fellow Sumit Ganguly Cited by ASPI on Nationalism in India

Australian Strategic Policy Unit The party’s ‘Hindutva’ ideology envisages India as an exclusively Hindu domain, with a narrow interpretation of what Hinduism represents and requires. A recent article by Sumit Ganguly and Raja Menon in The National Interest provides an excellent overview of the sentiment within the BJP and the broader ideological movement, and how it is manifesting itself […]

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In The News: Sumit Ganguly
February 12, 2018

Senior Fellow Stephen Blank Cited in Ukrinform on US Military Aid to Ukraine

Ukrinform The U.S. military assistance to Ukraine should not be limited to the provision of Javelin anti-tank missiles. Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council Dr. Stephen Blank wrote about this in his article for the Second Line of Defense.  “Although the U.S. announced late in 2017 that it would transfer Javelin anti-tank missiles […]

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In The News: Stephen Blank
February 8, 2018

Senior Fellow Michael A. Reynolds Interviewed by Ahval News on Turkey-US Dispute over Manbij

Ahval News On the question of Manbij, Reynolds stated that American officials appear to be much more aggressive against the Turkish position, rather than accommodating Turkish concerns. This is precisely the message generals gave on Wednesday, said Reynolds: “dont you dare strike us.” “This is extraordinarily dangerous and volatile situation” that shows “both American and Turkish sides are escalating in both rhetoric […]

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In The News: Michael A. Reynolds
February 8, 2018

Senior Fellow Hal Brands Quoted in the Washington Times on Airstrike in Syria

Washington Times       Private analysts say the roughly 2,000 American troops in Syria who had been working with local Kurdish and Arab allies battling Islamic State in eastern Syriarisk getting caught in “mission creep” as Islamic State loses its foothold in the country but the chaotic civil war between Mr. Assad and a slew of rebel and terrorist […]

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In The News: Hal Brands

Lost in memo frenzy, White House passed on punishing Russia for 2016 meddling

The Hill

Lost in the shuffle of the Washington shouting matches over the Russia investigations last week was the fact that the Trump administration missed a great opportunity to impose further sanctions on Moscow.

In 2017, Congress passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act by an overwhelming majority and President Trump signed the bill into law. It mandated the administration to provide a list by Jan. 31 of Russian persons and/or entities to be sanctioned for their closeness to the Russian regime as punishment for the aggression in Ukraine and Russia’s incontrovertible intervention in our 2016 elections.

The Treasury Department did not actually draft a list of persons and entities close to President Putin whose sanctioning would present to Russia an unmistakable sign of our serious intent. Instead the Treasury Department, possibly at the last moment, merely repeated a list of Russian oligarchs taken from Forbes.ru and thus displayed its “compliance” with the legislation.

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February 5, 2018

Fox Fellow Clint Watts Appeared on WHYY to Discuss Nunes Memo

WHYY Listen to the full interview here.

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In The News: Clint Watts
February 4, 2018

Senior Fellow Marc Sageman Quoted in the Asia Times on the Role of Former Jihadists in Counter-Terrorism Efforts

Asia Times Indeed, instead of isolating ISIS returnees, it is more productive to exploit their experience and knowledge, using them as a weapon against ISIS itself. A constant flow of radical Islamic propaganda generates new recruits; therefore, the experienced fighters, though valuable, are not actually irreplaceable. Whereas for Central Asia’s security services, foreign fighters are […]

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In The News: Marc Sageman
February 4, 2018

Director of Program on Middle East Tally Helfont Quoted in the Arab Weekly on US-Turkish Relations

The Arab Weekly Some observers said the row indicates a more fundamental chasm. “It is hard to imagine a scenario in which Erdogan’s Turkey continues in its current trajectory and bilateral relations between Washington and Ankara remain unchanged,” said Tally Helfont, director of the Programme on the Middle East at the Foreign Policy Research Institute […]

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In The News: Tally Helfont