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NDAA

President Obama's NDAA Signing Statement on Guantanamo

On Wednesday, November 25th, President Barack Obama signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act into law.

In addition to the added and renewed restrictions (sections 1031 and 1032) on the president's ability to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States for continued detention, the bill includes two provisions limiting the interrogation activities of agents of the U.S. government.

Iran

Why I'm Torn About the Iran Deal: Was it Worth It?

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.

Iran

An Iran Deal Won't Stabilize the Messy Middle East --- But Maybe Arab States Can

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.

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