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Pew Pollster: Europe, Asia Have Mostly Positive View of U.S. ISIS Policy, Obama

Pew Pollster: Europe, Asia Have Mostly Positive View of U.S. ISIS Policy, Obama

 U.S. President Barack Obama participates in the welcome ceremony with their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Imperial Palace during his state visit to Japan in 2014. U.S. State Department Photo

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in the welcome ceremony with their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Imperial Palace during his state visit to Japan in 2014. U.S. State Department Photo

Those in Europe and Asia generally have a largely positive view of the United States as the Obama administration winds down, but they hold an overwhelmingly negative view of Donald Trump, the most recent Pew Research Center poll found. Read More

Cato Institute Event Discusses How To Achieve Restraint Over Intervention In World Affairs

Cato Institute Event Discusses How To Achieve Restraint Over Intervention In World Affairs

An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18C Hornet, assigned to the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. US Navy photo.

The belief that the United States is the “indispensable nation” in global affairs is a perception shared by both elites and the American public, but the reality of what happens when and after the U.S. military takes action should be cause to consider other options, including restraint over intervention, a panel concluded. Read More

Author: Islam's Mixing Of State And Religion Shapes Western Interaction With Middle East

Author: Islam’s Mixing Of State And Religion Shapes Western Interaction With Middle East

Brookings Institution senior fellow Shadi Hamid discusses his new book, "Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World," on June 9, 2016.

Brookings Institution senior fellow Shadi Hamid discusses his new book, “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World,” on June 9, 2016. Screenshot from Brookings video.

Brookings Institution senior fellow Shadi Hamid argues in a recently released book that modern political and military actions involving Islam and Islamic countries are complicated by a general misunderstanding of the religion – and in particular the intertwined nature of state and religion. Read More

Panel: Japan Concerned How U.S. Will Keep Sea Lines Open if Simultaneous Crises Occur in Asia, Middle East

Panel: Japan Concerned How U.S. Will Keep Sea Lines Open if Simultaneous Crises Occur in Asia, Middle East

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH-181) leads a formation of US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships in 2009. US Navy Photo

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH-181) leads a formation of US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships in 2009. US Navy Photo

Leaders in Tokyo are now asking themselves more often what the United States would do if faced with simultaneous crises in the Middle East and the South China Sea, or on the Korean Peninsula, to keep the oil flowing to its industries, a leading Japanese foreign policy expert told a Brookings Institution forum Wednesday. Read More

Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Leaves Middle East, No Firm Date on Replacement to Continue Anti-ISIS Strikes

Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Leaves Middle East, No Firm Date on Replacement to Continue Anti-ISIS Strikes

Lt. Cmdr. Craig Ryan launches an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 27, 2015. US Navy

Lt. Cmdr. Craig Ryan launches an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 27, 2015. US Navy

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group left U.S. 5th Fleet on Tuesday with no public timeline for when its replacement will reach the Middle East to continue U.S. air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq in Syria (ISIS) targets. Read More

Saudi Arabia Charting Future Defense Policy  

Saudi Arabia Charting Future Defense Policy  

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One lesson Saudi Arabia took from its 2009 encounter with Houthis in Yemen, raiding its border posts and harassing tribes in that region, was the value of Saudi special forces in those conflicts. Since then it has built up those capabilities as part of its evolving military doctrine, Prince Sultan bin Khaled al Faisal said Thursday. Read More

Top CENTCOM Marine: 2012 Benghazi Attack Changed USMC Roles in Africa and Middle East

Top CENTCOM Marine: 2012 Benghazi Attack Changed USMC Roles in Africa and Middle East

A Marine provides an over watch for Marines conducting vehicle inspections at the American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, during a training exercise March 7, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

A Marine provides an over watch for Marines conducting vehicle inspections at the American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, during a training exercise March 7, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

The murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three Americans in his security detail during an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012 has created a new normal for the Marine Corps and new means to operate in the Middle East and Africa, the senior Marine at Central Command said on Wednesday. Read More

Bush Carrier Strike Group to Deploy Saturday

Bush Carrier Strike Group to Deploy Saturday

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during its final pre-deployment evaluations on Dec. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) during its final pre-deployment evaluations on Dec. 13, 2013. US Navy Photo

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is scheduled to depart for a Middle East and Mediterranean deployment on Saturday as the centerpiece of Carrier Strike Group 2, U.S. Navy Fleet Forces command announced Wednesday. Read More