On November 25th, President Barack Obama signed the 2016 NDAA into law.
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The U.S. government has once again decided not to impose sanctions on China or its companies for their massive public and private cyber thefts. President Obama says that there "comes a point at which we consider [digital intrusions by China and others] a core national security threat." One what extreme event or events will have to occur for us to reach that point.
Congress should not, as some have suggested, append a conditional authorization for the use of force to the Iran deal.
At 11:20 am, President Barack Obama will deliver an address at American University defending the nuclear deal reached with Iran last month.
I’ve resisted the urge to comment much on the Iran negotiations, in part because I wanted to support a deal and, now that it’s been struck, I do – but with major reservations. I can’t help feeling that we’ve paid a tremendous cost for what can only be described as a narrow – if understandable – focus on the minutia of Iran’s nuclear program, including extremely technical questions about, for example, centrifuges. I’ve found it hard to relate to this sort of discussion, because I’ve never quite seen Iran’s nuclear capability as the issue.
Much ink has already been spilled over the implications of a nuclear deal with Iran for that country’s assertive regional behavior. Arab states and Israel warn of Iranian hegemony and demand assertive American engagement to “push back.” But the one place where they are most interested in seeing stepped-up American engagement is the one place where President Obama is least likely to indulge them — Syria.
“As has become obvious, the Obama administration’s response to the Syrian crisis is an abject failure.”
Last week, Brookings convened three policy experts, Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute, Brookings fellows Michael O’Hanlon and Jeremy Shapiro, as well as Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) for the first ever Brookings Debate.