Marc Thiessen

Since the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the story of the Middle East has been one of inconclusive struggles of the weak against the weak. That the Ottomans lasted as long as they did is in substantial measure a testament to the constant chaos of Arab and Persian politics. Generations of post-colonial nationalists have been entirely unable to create states capable of competing with modern European or East Asian powers; their inability to master the craft of large-scale conventional warfare is written in the history of Israel and the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. Moreover, since the 12th-century days of Hassan-i [...]
Wed, Jul 26, 2017
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In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI's Claude Barfield and Michael Strain host the Right Honorable Liam Fox MP, the UK's Secretary of State for International Trade, to discuss international trade policy in the wake of Brexit. Dr. Strain welcomes Dr. Fox back to AEI and delivers introductory remarks. https://media.blubrry.com/aeieventspod/p/content.blubrry.com/aeieventspod/Event_The_Future_Of_UK_Trade_Policy_Remarks_From_The_Right_Honorable_Liam_Fox_2017_07_24.mp3Podcast (aei-events-podcast): Download Following Dr. Strain's introduction, Dr. Barfield sits down with Dr. Fox to discuss the steps the UK is taking domestically to form a sovereign trade policy and the future of UK-US trade relations. Dr. Fox is leading the effort to redesign the UK's trade policy after the departure from the European [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017
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In this AEI Events Podcast, leading experts join AEI's John R. Bolton and Desmond Lachman to discuss the challenges and opportunities of Brexit after the United Kingdom elections. Ambassador John R. Bolton, senior fellow at AEI, discusses the EU's “secular theology,” which argues the EU has brought peace and prosperity to Europe. David O'Sullivan, ambassador of the European Union to the United States, disagrees, asserting that the EU had allowed peaceful resolution of conflicts. He highlights that defining a post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU will take several years. https://media.blubrry.com/aeieventspod/p/content.blubrry.com/aeieventspod/Event_Brexit_After_The_United_Kingdom_Election_2017_07_18.mp3Podcast (aei-events-podcast): Download Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute, addresses [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
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The following is an excerpt from CNN's Fareed Zakaria's Global Briefing, featuring AEI research fellow Katherine Zimmerman. “President Trump has decided to end the CIA's covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad,” the Washington Post reports. Team Trump has made a mistake. Katherine Zimmerman, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of a new report, “America's Real Enemy: The Salafi-Jihadi Movement,” emails Global Briefing that the decision is a mistake. “President Trump's decision to end aid to moderate rebels sells out the very Syrians the United States should be supporting. They alone [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017
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This June, after a decade in office, Harvard University president Drew Faust announced that she'll be resigning next year. Faust's decision comes at a defining moment for higher education. Campus riots, speech codes and a constant stream of efforts to disinvite or stifle discordant voices make it seem that many American universities have abandoned their commitment to robust intellectual diversity. It wasn't always thus. Decades ago, elite universities were helmed by leaders who reflected a much broader ideological spectrum. That was at a time when campuses themselves were more intellectually heterodox. But today, liberal college faculty outnumber their conservative counterparts five [...]
Tue, Jul 18, 2017
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After decades of diplomacy in Korea, it is clear there is no deal to strike. Kim Jong Un wants to reunify the Korean Peninsula under his rule and eject America from the region. North Korea's actions since the first nuclear crisis, more than two decades ago, show this is not mere talk. The regime has used every agreement for 20 years to build more weapons and extort more money. Mr. Kim is close to having a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile, threatening the U.S. and its allies. The only solution is to remove him. But how? A war would be extremely costly. [...]
Tue, Jul 18, 2017
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