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Secretary of the Army John McHugh (L) and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno testify before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on "The FY2016 National Defense Authorization Budget Request" alongside Joint Chiefs of Staff on Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2015. Reuters

Secretary of the Army John McHugh and AEI’s Mackenzie Eaglen discuss the challenges facing the US Army.

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The current US approach to Yemen has failed alongside the Yemeni state. AEI’s Katherine Zimmerman releases a report proposing a new model for defeating al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Former U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney speaks at a luncheon event in Washington on July 14, 2014. Reuters

Please join AEI for a major address by former Vice President Richard B. Cheney on the consequences of the Iran nuclear deal to the security and interests of the United States and its allies in the Middle East.

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A woman holds a placard as she joins several thousand other protestors to demonstrate during a rally apposing the nuclear deal with Iran in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, July 22, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar.

Many congressional members simply do not know what they can do with the power the people of this country gave them.

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The case of Khadija Ismayilova, a reporter wrongfully jailed in Azerbaijan, illustrates the need for the United States to more closely fuse its interests and values when dealing with authoritarians around the globe.

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Secretary of State John Kerry, in his myopic quest for a Nobel Prize, appears to have put China in charge of redesigning the Arak heavy water reactor, where Iran can produce plutonium.

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To describe all of this discussion as “China-bashing” is irresponsible and dismissive of very real concerns regarding the People’s Republic. It suggests that candidates are not describing China as it actually is.

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NATO needs a new strategy for aspirant countries like Georgia and Ukraine. The “made in Moscow” alternative means damaged American credibility, fewer US allies, and more broken destinies for nations that have surely suffered enough.

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Demonstrators stand behind portraits of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)'s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan during a march in solidarity with him in Diyarbakir, Turkey, August 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The Kurds will have their state, and its capital will ultimately be Diyarbakir, not Erbil.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration of the 46th session of Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi, India, July 20, 2015. Reuters

The one glaring exception to Narendra Modi’s impressive foreign policy record so far: a rudderless approach to Pakistan that lurches between unrelenting toughness and the promise of a thaw.

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A Syrian Kurdish refugee boy smiles as he waits for transportation after crossing into Turkey, near the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands more Syrians could be forced to flee their war-torn homeland if Islamic State fighters continue gaining ground, the U.N. aid chief warned on Tuesday as U.S.-led air strikes pound the extremist group. Valerie Amos told the United Nations Security Council that recent advances by Islamic State - also known as ISIL and ISIS - in northern Aleppo had forced more than 160,000 people, mostly women and children, to escape across the border into Turkey in just a few days. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - RTR48E3S

ISIS is forcing young boys to attend indoctrination camps designed to turn out a new generation of suicide bombers — and tells the children that their goal is to repeat the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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An investor takes a nap next to a sign (L) that reads "the stock market is risky, be prudent in investment" at a brokerage house in Beijing, August 26, 2015. Reuters

China’s decision-making and our record as observers should be evaluated against the much larger backdrop of economic performance.

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An investor looks at a computer screen in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province, China, August 5, 2015. Reuters

AEI scholars weigh in on the recent run on the Chinese stock market, its causes and its implications for the US and global economy.

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