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Iraq

Sons of Iraq Transition Presents Major Challenges

Report 30 September 2008
Tomorrow marks a major milestone in Iraq as the Iraqi Government takes responsibility for paying and integrating large numbers of the Sons of Iraq (SOI) - the former Sunni insurgents who began aligning themselves with the U.S. in 2006 and were one of the main reasons for the reduction in violence. There are still significant tension between the Shi'a dominated central government and the SOIs; and, if the government does not continue to pay these fighters or integrate enough of them into the security forces, it could spell trouble.
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McCain’s Troubling Debate Performance

Report 29 September 2008
During last Friday’s Presidential debate, John McCain raised many doubts about his foreign policy aptitude. Not only did McCain commit factual gaffes, but he seemingly confused or shifted his position on Iran, as well as demonstrated a failure to understand the strategic implications of his reckless rhetoric.
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NSN National Security Debate Survival Kit

Press Release Washington, D.C. 26 September 2008

NSN Debate Wrap: Obama Aces Commander-in-Chief Test

Press Release Washington, D.C. 26 September 2008

How to Score the Foreign Policy Debate

News The American Prospect 26 September 2008

Economy Has Altered Script for Debates

News The Dallas Morning News 26 September 2008

Reckless Decision-Making in Times of Crisis

Report 25 September 2008
In this current economic crisis steady and responsible guidance from our leaders is more important than ever. Americans expect this response not just with regards to the economy but also when it comes to national security. Senator McCain’s record in times of crisis is not comforting. Over two decades, McCain has shown again and again that he is prone to jump to conclusions and make reckless calls for military action.
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Russia

Russia: A Case Study in How John McCain Responds to Crisis

Press Release Washington, D.C. 25 September 2008
Russia

Former Republican Secretaries of State Disagree with McCain's Confrontational Approach to Russia

Report 24 September 2008
In the upcoming debate on Friday, John McCain will cite his assertive and immediate condemnation of Russia’s attack on Georgia as evidence of his good judgment. Unfortunately for John McCain, three former Republican Secretaries of State – Henry Kissinger, James Baker, and Colin Powell – at a forum last week strongly disagreed with his rash reaction as well as his past calls for a broadly confrontational approach toward Russia.
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Afghanistan

Focusing on the Greatest Danger

Report 24 September 2008
Yesterday, in testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Gates said that military operations in Afghanistan require another 10,000 troops that he did not have because of Iraq. Gates also stated that the Al Qaeda safehaven in Northwest Pakistan represented the most direct threat to the U.S. homeland. This isn’t surprising.
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