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Unresolved: U.S. National Security

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U.S. National Security

For the United States, tensions are rising with both allies and adversaries. Rogue states are racing to master new technologies and create weapons of mass destruction. And faith in international institutions is seemingly deteriorating. What does this all mean for U.S. national security?

 

Staged in our "unresolved" format, five esteemed foreign policy thought leaders will argue for or against a number of motions revolving around some of America’s most pressing national security issues, including: Is NATO no longer fit for purpose? Is the Russia threat overblown? And is it time to take a hard line on Iran?

 

The Debaters

Derek Chollet

Executive Vice President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States & Fmr. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense

Derek Chollet is a veteran of the Obama administration, where he served six years in senior positions at the White House, State Department, and the... Read More

Stephen F. Cohen

Stephen F. Cohen

Professor of Russian Studies and Politics Emeritus, New York University & Princeton University

Stephen F. Cohen is among the most distinguished scholars of Russia in the United States and is internationally recognized for his academic works... Read More

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies & Fmr. CIA Case Officer

Reuel Marc Gerecht is a former case officer for the CIA, where he served as a Middle Eastern targets officer with the CIA's directorate of operations... Read More

John J. Mearsheimer

John J. Mearsheimer

American Political Scientist & Professor, University of Chicago

John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison distinguished service professor of political science at the University of Chicago and one of the nation’s... Read More

Kori Schake

Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Kori Schake is the deputy director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and was previously a research fellow at the Hoover... Read More

Where Do You Stand?

Is NATO No Longer Fit for Purpose?

NATO, established in 1949 to provide collective security against Soviet aggression, was America’s first peacetime military coalition. And since its creation, NATO has grown to include more countries and engage in other parts of the world, including Afghanistan and Libya. But as priorities and threats change for the United States, has NATO become an obsolete relic of the Cold War? And is the U.S. just footing the bill for European security? Or is collective security against Russia and 21st-century threats keeping America safe?

 

Is the Russia Threat Overblown?

The United States intelligence community has made it clear: Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and has plans to do it again in the future, including this year’s midterms. And beyond that, Putin has invaded and occupied neighboring countries, inserted Russia into Middle East conflicts, and started holding military exercises with China. But for all the media hype, does Russia pose a true threat to the U.S.? Or is Russia just a marginal power with an economy that’s been beset by sanctions?

 

Is It Time to Take a Hard Line on Iran?

From its nuclear ambitions to state-sponsored terrorism to cyberwarfare, the Islamic Republic of Iran poses a great challenge, and threat, to the United States. And President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year begs the questions: Is revived diplomacy the best way to contain Iran? Or is it time for the U.S. to get tough by relying on extreme sanctions, threats of force, and – if necessary – regime change or military action?

 

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Is NATO No Longer Fit for Purpose?

Winner: Yes

Yes: +5.09%

No: -5.09%

Is the Russia Threat Overblown?

Winner: Yes

Yes: +13.42%

No: -13.42%

Is It Time to Take a Hard Line on Iran?

Winner: Yes

Yes: +14.35%

No: -14.35%

Winner: No

Yes: 0%

No: 0%

The Research

The Research

Iran Hawks Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Mahsa Rouhi
July 19, 2018

“Pushing for regime change in Tehran could put Qassem Suleimani in power.”

Trump’s Transatlantic Crisis

Peter Feaver & Hal Brands
August 15, 2018

“It is hard to pin down just which aspect of President Trump’s visit to Europe in July 2018 contributed most to the transatlantic panic that followed.”

The Administration Gets Tough on Russia — Despite Trump

The Editorial Board
August 10, 2018

“The president holds chummy meetings with Vladimir Putin, while his administration imposes new sanctions.”

 

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