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Hits and Misses at the NATO Summit in Wales

At the end of last week, 4,000 delegates and leaders from 28 NATO member states departed from a sleepy town in Wales, concluding a summit deemed “the most consequential” in the Alliance’s history and a “generational leadership test” for the likes of Germany’s Angela Merkel, Britain’s David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. And of […]

NATO and Russia: Playing Chicken in Eastern Europe

Between Russian military adventurism in Ukraine and the upcoming summit, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is back in the international spotlight. NATO’s successful expansion into Russia’s old stomping grounds over the past half-century has in part motivated Russian aggression, and with Putin ratcheting up his posturing and interfering in Ukraine, the member states of […]

Will ISIL hit the Homeland?

There have been conflicting reports on the likelihood of an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) within the United States over the past week.  Even high ranking officials within DoD have raised a level of concern not heard for some time now.  Just a few days ago, Secretary Hagel and […]

Iraq: Maliki’s resignation is not the silver bullet

The recent announcement that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will resign to pave the way for Haider al-Abadi to take over the premiership has led some U.S. policymakers and analysts to proclaim that this event marks the beginning of a process that will eventually lead to the defeat of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Reaction to President’s Address on ISIL

Washington, DC – Tonight, Truman National Security Project Executive Director Mike Breen released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech on ISIL this evening. “As a community of post-9/11 leaders, we, like the majority of Americans are weary of the prospects of continued war and sacrifice in the Middle East. We also understand that […]

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Breen on MSNBC: “40,000 Yazidis were going to die last week; they’re not gonna die now. That’s progress.”

As the Iraqi military launched a new offensive in Tikrit, Executive Director Michael Breen joined MSNBC’s The Cycle to discuss the U.S. role in combating the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). Seeing the U.S. engaged in Iraq once again is a tough pill to swallow, says Breen, but there’s a clear national security threat and a […]

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US Airstrikes and Humanitarian Aid in Iraq; Michael Breen’s POV

Last week, President Obama authorized US airstrikes on ISIL forces in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga. He also ordered humanitarian aid be delivered to Yazidis fleeing the persecution of the Islamic State. Truman Project Executive Director Michael Breen joined guest host Kristen Welker on MSNBC’s News Nation on August 12th to explain why the US […]

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Back in Iraq? Michael Breen on MSNBC

On Thursday night, news outlets began reporting that President Obama would authorize airstrikes as an option to combat the forces of the Islamic State (formerly ‘ISIS’ or ‘ISIL’) in Iraq. Michael Breen, the Truman Project’s Executive Director, joined MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, with guest host Ari Melber, to discuss the dire humanitarian situation on […]

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