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Reagan on Rushmore?

Published by: Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow

It has been 105 years since Ronald Reagan was born, 36 years since he was elected president, 27 years since he left office and nearly 12 years since he passed away. Yet his political impact is so deep that Republicans still use him as the measuring rod for every person who seeks their party’s nomination—and still wait, in vain, for the next Reagan. His national impact is so lasting that even President Barack Obama concedes, “Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America.” And his historical impact was—and is—so sweeping that the world’s maps have been redrawn and its history books rewritten because of his policies. Simply put, Reagan is a towering figure worthy of being honored on America’s most famous presidential monument.

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Iran's Road to Easy Wealth

Published by: James S. Robbins

Was the Iran nuclear deal really all about nuclear weapons, from Tehran's point of view? Or did the mullahs play the world for suckers as a road to easy wealth?

 

On Monday, Iran's government announced that it had gained access to $100 billion in previously frozen assets, freed up under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the controversial nuclear agreement adopted in October and implemented last month. Tehran is being courted by Airbus and French automaker Peugeot-Citröen to help spend this windfall, for potential deals unveiled last week totaling $30 billion. Iran has also rejoined the SWIFT international banking network to ease the transfer of foreign funds into the Islamic Republic.

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Pakistan and Afghan Intelligence Chiefs Hold Talks

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

ISLAMABAD—Afghanistan’s spy chief visited Pakistan Thursday for bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterparts on building mutual trust for effective intelligence sharing and counterterrorism cooperation.

 

Intelligence sources told VOA that Masoud Andarabi, the head National Directorate of Security (NDS), met with Lt. General Rizwan Akhtar, the Director General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

 

The Pakistani side said it presented “evidence” to show fugitive Pakistani militants are using Afghan soil to attack Pakistan.

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Adviser in Syria Killed by Islamic State Mortar Fire, Russia Says

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

A Russian military adviser in Syria has reportedly been killed by mortar fire blamed on Islamic State. 

 

The Russian defense ministry said Wednesday the unidentified officer was fatally wounded Monday while "carrying out tasks of helping the Syrian army familiarize itself with new weapons."

 

The ministry did not indicate exactly where the incident took place, but said it would posthumously award the officer a medal.

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Shootout in Jerusalem leaves 4 dead, including 3 Palestinian assailants

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

JERUSALEM — Three Palestinians armed with rifles, knives and bombs killed an Israeli police officer in the heart of Jerusalem on Wednesday before they were shot dead by police, Israeli officials said.

 

It was the first time Palestinians appeared to have coordinated an attack against Israeli security forces. Israeli police said it marked a serious escalation in the daily violence that has plagued Israel and the occupied West Bank for more than four months.

 

Since Oct. 1, 27 Israelis and two foreign citizens have been killed in a series of knife, shooting and vehicular attacks by Palestinians. More than 150 Palestinians have been killed: more than 100 while carrying out the attacks, and the rest during clashes with the Israeli military. Hundreds have been injured on both sides.

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Tech-challenged Pentagon searches for a Silicon ally

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Silicon Valley is a popular destination for the feds lately. President Obama’s intelligence team trekked there last month to ask for help defeating Islamic State’s propaganda on social media. Less noticed has been the steady parade of Pentagon leaders heading west. Last summer the Pentagon leased 12,000-square feet of Class A real estate in Sunnyvale for a new office: the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental. Why? Commanders are worried about the accelerating erosion of the American military’s technological superiority. They believe Silicon Valley’s talent and tech can restore agility and innovation.

 

But Defense Secretary Ash Carter faces two challenges. The first is getting Americans and their elected representatives to recognize the technological stagnation.

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Germany: Migrants Who Won't Integrate to Face Cut in Benefits

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

BERLIN—Germany's labor minister is threatening to cut benefits for migrants who don't want to integrate into German society.

 

Germany registered nearly 1.1 million people as asylum-seekers last year. Integrating those who are allowed to stay into society and the labor market will pose a major challenge in the years ahead.

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