David Adesnik

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Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif participate in a trilateral meeting at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York September 25, 2014.

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The United States does not need Iran’s help to defeat the Islamic State. The last thing Washington should do is give Iran’s role in the region more credibility and a wider scope for its ambitions.

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Marco Rubio wants to know what happens if American training, equipment, and air strikes aren’t enough to destroy the Islamic State.

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Senator Rand Paul explains that if others listened to his words rather than branding him as an isolationist, they would know that Senator Paul does “support intervention when our vital interests are threatened.” 

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Foreign policy has a strange way of crossing party lines, looping around partisanship, and tunneling under ideology. At the moment, Rand Paul seems to be a lot more sympathetic to the President’s foreign policy than Hillary Clinton, who until recently was Secretary of State.

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Visiting Fellow David Adesnik speaks to CNBC about Putin’s involvement in Ukraine and the future for the region.

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Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a patrol in the town of Dalli Abbas in Diyala province, June 30, 2014. The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil.

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President Obama has returned to Iraq with the same slogan that paved the way for his departure: “There is no military solution.” It was misleading then, and it’s misleading now. 

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Every year, a very small percentage of young Americans choose of their own free will to assume the grave risks of service.

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More than 720,000 Britons died in the war, at a time when the inhabitants of the U.K. numbered only 40 million. While the human cost of the war explains much of the resonance it has a century later, there remains a profound disagreement about whether those lives were sacrificed on behalf of liberty or wasted in pursuit of an empty cause.

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It’s been 100 years since the Great War erupted in Europe, but even after a century the effects of that conflict still directly shape the world today. David Adesnik examines how events today can be traced back to the First World War.

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