Truman National Security Project


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 […]

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 […]

Foreign Policy Association: Rethinking Kurdistan

Truman Project Defense Council member Adam Tiffen wrote about the possible fate of the Kurds with the current turmoil in Iraq with ISIL. He advocates for a creation of an independent Kurdish state so that they may work, pursue education, own property, and live without the threat of persecution. The recent announcement of the founding […]

Talking Points Memo: A Way For Iraq To Emerge From A Bloody Stalemate

Truman Project Executive Director Michael Breen wrote about the current situation in Iraq and the horrors it presents to the civilian population. He offers two possible shifts that need to occur to improve the situation: a break between Sunni tribal leaders and ISIL and reconciliation between Sunni leaders and Baghdad. During my time in Iraq […]

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