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Americanasaurus and the March to War in Syria

George Kennan once compared democracy (a.k.a. America?) to a large, lumbering pre-historic animal.

Interpreting Iran’s Mixed Messages

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have been busy explaining their country’s policies in media interviews and meetings scheduled around the U.N. General Assembly opening. Their message has been mixed.

Obama Can’t Destroy the Islamic State Without Iran’s Help

Iran has already contributed to progress in Iraq by agreeing to the removal of Nouri al-Maliki, the divisive Shiite partisan who was prime minister. Iran now must support an inclusive Iraqi regime that gives full rights and opportunities to the Sunnis within Iraq, with a U.S.-supported and reinforced Iraqi military, to keep the ISIL threat from moving directly to Iran’s borders.

Teleconference: ISIS, Assad, and the Syrian Opposition: Challenges Confronting US Policy in Syria

As the Obama Administration seeks to fashion a policy to counter ISIS, it confronts a complex situation on the ground, particularly in Syria. During this teleconference, three analysts and experts discussed the military/political landscape in Syria and the challenges it poses.

Jane Harman on Face the Nation

Jane Harman was featured as a panelist on Face the Nation on Sunday to talk about the U.S. response to ISIL and President Obama’s foreign policy. Also on the panel were Senator Joe Lieberman, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell, and Bob Kagan of Brookings.

The Coalition of Convenience

In an effort to avoid any parallels to Bush 43's war in Iraq, the Obama administration has studiously avoided the use of the term "coalition of the willing" in its campaign to line up allies in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). It's just as well.

Why NATO Needs Turkey in the Fight Against ISIS

President Obama said that NATO is prepared to combat the threat from ISIS on Friday. Rep. Ed Royce and Jill Dougherty talk about what the strategy for defeating ISIS might look like and whether Turkey and other countries in the Middle East will be committed to the fight. 

Central American Diplomats Urge Compassion in Child Migration Crisis

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Central American governments struggle to resettle children

"WASHINGTON – Central American governments are not fully equipped to resettle children who return home after leaving or being deported from the United States, experts on the region say.

“The fact is they aren’t doing it and aren’t able to do it, especially in terms of guaranteeing the safety of their citizens,” Eric Olsen, associate director of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said.

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Why child migrants head to the US

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"These three main countries from which the children are fleeing are among the nations with top five murder rates in the world (along with Belize and Venezuela), according to the most recent United Nations data. In some cases, such as Guatemala, the homicide rate has actually declined slightly in recent years. But crimes like extortion have become "widespread and intolerable," says Cynthia Arnson, the Latin America director at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "Everyone is hit, down to the person at the bottom of the informal economy selling chewing gum."

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