Turkey – Russia

Actually, it would be easy for the Russians to keep their two bases on the Mediterranean if that's their bottom line - as it should be. However, it would mean a focus on real ISIS targets while dropping their fealty to Assad (and other dictators) in return for retention of those bases. Moreover, Moscow could offer Assad and family a safe haven somewhere in Russia – complete with a luxurious villa on a coast – and turn its military's attention and fire power to its real enemy - and I don't mean Ukraine. Read more »

ISIS De-Demonized: A Review Article

Only honest responsible government (not externally imposed) in Arab countries will deprive ISIS of nourishment. Until then, the U.S. can win battles, with drones, with proxies, with whatever else comes to hand, but the Middle East will remain in turmoil. And terrorism in the U.S. will continue to be largely locally grown, a product of our own gun-happy culture. Read more »

Want to Know More About the Iran Deal?

Yesterday, Ben Rhodes, the President's Deputy National Security Advisor, sent the following message to the White House list, announcing the launch of @TheIranDeal -- a Twitter account that is dedicated to delivering the facts and answering your questions about the deal and how it enhances American national security. 

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Hey,

I'm Ben Rhodes, a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. For the past few years, I've been working closely with America's negotiating team, which was tasked with finding a way to achieve a diplomatic resolution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Last week, after two years of tough negotiations, our team along with our international partners achieved just that.

It's a historic deal. It blocks every possible pathway Iran could use to build a bomb while verifying -- through a comprehensive inspections and transparency regime -- that Iran's nuclear program remains exclusively peaceful.

The deal is called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and it's important that everyone here and around the world understands exactly what's in it and how it'll work.

That's why we launched @TheIranDeal -- a Twitter account that is dedicated to delivering the facts and answering your questions about the deal and how it enhances American national security. Follow along now.

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The Iran Deal:

This morning, the President sent the following message to the White House email list, explaining the details of today's historic nuclear deal with Iran and how it will make our country, our allies, and the world safer and more secure. 

Watch the highlights from his speech today -- then read his email below:

 
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Watch President Obama speak on the historic deal to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon: http://go.wh.gov/IranDeal #IranDeal

Posted by The White House on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

 

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Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States -- together with our international partners -- has achieved what decades of animosity has not:

A comprehensive, long-term deal that will verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

This deal shows the real and meaningful change that American leadership and diplomacy can bring -- change that makes our country and the world safer and more secure.

We negotiated from a position of strength and principle -- and the result is a nuclear deal that cuts off every pathway to a nuclear weapon.

I want to make sure every American knows what this deal means and how it works. Take a look here.

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President Obama Provides an Update on Our Strategy to Degrade and Destroy ISIL

President Barack Obama delivers a statement and answers a few questions from the press following his meeting with Defense Department and military leadership regarding the campaign against ISIL, at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., July 6, 2015.... Read more »

Briefing Note- Turkey as a Rising Donor State

Background First established in 1992, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency Directorate (TIKA)  projects span 5 continents (TIKA). Countries with “shared cultured and geography” are recognized as official priorities Priority Interest Areas include institutional development, education, health, water supply and sanitation, agriculture and cultural cooperation (TIKA). Two emergency aid divisions: Syrians living inside of Turkey […]

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The Middle East Struggles with Water Security

Water security is an increasing concern for the Middle East, a region already starting to feel the most serious effects that water insecurity.

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President Obama on the Causes and Antidotes to Violent Extremism

"I witnessed horrible crimes committed by ISIS. 

It's not a revolution or jihad ... it's slaughter ... I was shocked by what I did. 

This isn't what we came for, to kill other Muslims.

I'm 28 -- is this the only future I'm able to imagine?" 

So said one of the many former terrorists in the world who have come to reject such violence.

What is violent extremism?

When we think of the issue, many immediately imagine the terrorists who kill innocent people -- in America, in Europe, in the Middle East, and across the world.

But violent extremism runs deeper than the barbaric acts it breeds. It’s the ideologies, the propaganda, the recruitment, the funding -- the entire infrastructure that extremists use to radicalize and recruit people to commit violence.

"We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

A violent extremist could be anyone -- a person of any color or creed. What we do know is that their extremism is rooted in common challenges: the unchecked spread of extremist ideologies, their economic grievances, and their political grievances.  

This week, the White House is hosting a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism -- a gathering of governments, civil society groups, and community leaders from more than 60 nations in Washington, D.C. to find ways we can empower local communities to overcome these challenges. 

President Obama addressed the Summit yesterday and today on these issues. Watch his remarks from February 18:  

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The Authorization of Military Force Against ISIL Terrorists: What You Need to Know

Watch on YouTube Right now, America’s armed forces are working with some 60 nations to degrade and destroy ISIL, a terrorist group that has committed countless barbaric atrocities and poses a grave threat to the people and territorial integrity ... Read more »

“A True American Patriot” — President Obama Pays Tribute to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

President Obama, Vice President Biden and Gen. Martin Dempsey participate in an Armed Forces farewell in honor of Secretary Hagel

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff participate in an Armed Forces farewell in honor of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va., Jan. 28, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President traveled to Fort Myer, Virginia yesterday for the Armed Forces farewell ceremony in honor of our 24th Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel.

In his remarks, the President acknowledged Secretary Hagel's courageous work during his lifelong service as a decorated veteran and Secretary:

[T]oday is a celebration of a quintessentially American life -- a man from the heartland who devoted his life to America. Just imagine, in your mind’s eye, the defining moments of his life. The kid from Nebraska who, as Marty said, volunteered to go to Vietnam. The soldier outside Saigon, rushing to pull his own brother from a burning APC. The deputy at the VA who stood up for his fellow Vietnam vets who were exposed to Agent Orange. The senator who helped lead the fight for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, to give this generation of heroes the same opportunities that he had.

I asked Chuck to lead this department at a moment of profound transition. And today we express our gratitude for the progress under his watch.

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