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Please join AEI for a panel discussion that will detail the necessary actions to defeat al Qaeda and the Islamic State at the public release of a new important report.

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A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine regiment hands humanitarian ration at an aid distribution site near a landing zone in Leogane, Haiti, Jan. 26, 2010. US Marine Corps | Flickr

A seminal bipartisan report from AEI’s American Internationalism Project released at this event provides a comprehensive consensus on America’s role in the world.

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AEI Scholar Gary Schmitt discusses the future threat that ISIS poses to the West.

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Sometimes you can learn something about today’s world from a history book

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The vast majority of Americans don’t and will never have a nexus to terrorist activity. They shouldn’t, therefore, have their lives subjected to any monitoring or data collection, no matter how insignificant government actors claim it is.

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The international community will be a more dangerous place if the West abandons its leadership role to the Putins of the world.

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Barack Obama (R) and French President Francois Hollande hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria.

The attacks in Paris showed that we need a national discussion about proper NSA surveillance policies, but it’s clear this administration will not be the one to start it.

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Students raise their hands as they attend the first day of the new school term in Baghdad, October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad.

Iraq 2015 is not Iraq 2005. Rather, it is a country on a precipice, able to see hope and desperate for re-engagement.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia November 24, 2015. Reuters

To alter Putin’s increasingly assertive foreign policy, the West must appreciate the domestic and foreign drivers of his actions and formulate their response accordingly.

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Russo-Turkish tensions since the start of the Russian air campaign.

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An undated photograph of a man described as Abdelhamid Abaaoud that was published in the Islamic State's online magazine Dabiq and posted on a social media website. Reuters

Before transforming President Obama’s ineffective efforts into a vigorous military campaign to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), we need a clear view, shared with NATO allies and others, about what will replace it.

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A blue, white and red cross, the colours of the French flag, is seen during a ceremony in tribute to victims in front of the Bataclan concert hall, one of the sites of last Friday's deadly attacks, in Paris, France, November 20, 2015. Reuters

All this tortured diction about Islamic terrorism is pointless. We’re at war with people who believe that Islam justifies mass murder.

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