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November 21, 2014

Souad Mekhennet is a SAIS Foreign Policy Institute fellow, journalist and author. She works for the Washington post and German TV and has been covering terrorist movements since 9/11.

The award winning journalist has travelled the Islamic world extensively and was able to conduct interviews with commanders of various terrorist organizations.

November 19, 2014

Moderated by Amb. Tahir-Kheli, PhD

In National Insecurity, David Rothkopf offers an entirely new perspective into the hidden struggles, the surprising triumphs, and the shocking failures of those charged with leading the United States through one of the most difficult periods in its history. Thanks to his extraordinary access, Rothkopf provides fresh insights drawing on more than one hundred exclusive interviews with the key players who shaped this era.

At its core, National Insecurity is the grip...

November 18, 2014

Hosted by Dominic Tierney, Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

In 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor with little idea how a war against the United States could ultimately be won. Indeed, throughout history, statesmen have often plunged countries into war without thinking through the outcome. Leaders focus on the initial rounds—capturing the hill— rather than achieving strategic success. In recent years, the United States has...

November 11, 2014


Dr. Abbas Kadhim provides a dynamic discussion on the implications of the war on ISIS, the challenges and opportunities Prime Minister al-Abadi faces moving forward, and their effect on U.S. foreign policy.

November 7, 2014

Elena Panaritis is an institutional economist, social entrepreneur, and policy innovator. She has served as Member of the Hellenic Parliament and adviser to Greece’s Prime Minister. As an economist at the World Bank, she spearheaded property rights reform in Peru, receiving International Best Practice awards. Her book Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust recounts her experience and expands on her methodology. Elena is the founder of Panel Group LLC, a triple-bottom-line busin...

November 4, 2014

What are the ethical dilemmas associated with war termination? In addition to jus ad bellum (the ethics of entering into war), jus in bello (the ethics of conducting war), and jus post bellum (the ethics of conduct in a postwar state), David Rodin identifies a fourth type of ethics associated with war: jus terminatio (the ethics of war termination). Is it just to end a war once the conditions of entering into it have been fulfilled? This is correct but incomplete. Rodin identifies the possibilit...

November 2, 2014

This article is a repost from The American Prospect Magazine.

This article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine.

With new threats to the peace, it’s more important than ever to be clear about America’s core national interests.

Though few people realize it, it was Bill Clinton who first uttered the phrase on which U.S. foreign policy has remained so hopelessly fixated ever since. During his 1996 re-election campaign, striving to describe America’s role in the world, Clint...

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