Foreign and Defense Policy

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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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The bomb turns 70, and the world faces a new nuclear future.

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A color guard detail stands in front of a C-5M Super Galaxy in preparation for a retirement ceremony June 1, 2015, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. United States Air Force  Flickr

The US Air Force carries out numerous missions critical to daily life in America as we know it.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) speaks as Majid Takhteravanchi, a member of Iran's nuclear team, listens during a nuclear deal review meeting in Tehran August 9, 2015. Dozens of companies tied to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, a military force commanding a powerful industrial empire with huge political influence, will win sanctions relief under a nuclear deal agreed with world powers. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s interpretation of the nuclear deal cannot be reconciled with President Obama’s. And that is a problem.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech on the nuclear agreement with Iran, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 2, 2015.   REUTERS/Charles Mostoller.

Congress has plenty to do about Iran in the days and months ahead. This vote is only the beginning.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) listens to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov (back facing) during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, August 17, 2015. Reuters

What, in particular, will become of the non-nuclear related American and European sanctions regimes against Iranians supporting terrorism and human rights violations?

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Iraqi security forces stand with an Islamist State flag which they pulled down at the University of Anbar, in Anbar province July 26, 2015. Iraqi security forces entered the University of Anbar in the western city of Ramadi on Sunday and clashed with Islamic State militants inside the compound, the joint operations command said in a statement. Reuters

The United States has no strategy against ISIS, and the tactics being pursued by the Obama administration are failing.

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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during an event at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City July 17, 2015. Pena Nieto, returning from a visit to France, on Friday acknowledged the escape had caused widespread frustration and that the only way to undo the damage was to recapture Guzman. Reuters

If Mexico is going to take its place as a prosperous country in a globalized world, it will have to invest both political capital and money to build a criminal justice system that will apply the rule of law against violence and corruption.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks in front of a picture of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee after a news conference in New Delhi July 9, 2014.  Reuters

Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi failing the Indian right?

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US Air Force F-22 Raptors fly in formation during a training mission, Dec. 6, 2009. US Air Force | Flickr

The Air Force needs anywhere from 375 to 450 F-22s to sustain the kinds of global patrolling required for a serious deterrent posture, many more than the current 185 plane inventory.

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India reported slowing GDP growth for the last quarter. While the new numbers mean little for the economy, they may push policy-makers closer to realizing that only difficult reform will enable prosperity.

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