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Rundown 09/16/13

Rundown 09/16/13

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A weekly digest of news and analysis from AEI's Foreign and Defense Studies team
A weekly digest of news and analysis from AEI's Foreign and Defense Studies team

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Good afternoon and welcome to the Rundown. We'll be circulating this newsletter everyMonday to highlight our scholars' latest commentary and analysis on the most important newsof the week.We're sharing this because of your interest in foreign and defense policy. We know you'repressed for time and, if you're anything like most of us, loathe unwanted emails in your inbox.You will not continue to receive these emails unless you sign up.To subscribe to "The Rundown," click
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Feel free to ping us with comments or questions.
 
Best wishes,
 
Your AEI Foreign and Defense Policy Studies team
 
Tweet of the Week
Sadanand Dhume
 
 About time a well-meaning uncle or aunty had a chat with @BBhuttoZardari about his Twitter 
persona. “You don’t need to RT everything, son.”
In the
N
ews
Syria
Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Sunday that the threat of military force would remain on the table
 
to ensure Syria’s compliance with the
Russian-
brokered plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.
oined CNN’s “State of the Union” yesterday to talk about the new Russia–
US frameworkon chemical weapons and the latest news out of Syria. Keep an eye on AEI.org for video
highlights and don’t forget to watch the clip from her appearance last week on “
 
.”
 What has the recent Syria contretemps taught us about the Obama doctrine of leading
from behind? Pletka suggests: “Forget Assad for a moment. How will the Islamic Republic
o
f Iran read Obama’s decision?” Read more
 .Which raises the question: where is Iran in all of this? In his first blog for AEIdeas,"
 ," new AEI Resident Fellow Matthew McInnis argues th
at “as both the conflict and our 
policy debate proceed, the US should recognize if Assad survives, Iran will emerge witheven stronger operational capability in the region, despite the loss of moral capital among
the Arab states.”
 Tune in to AEI.org on Wednesday evening to discuss US involvement in Syria with AEI's
and
. You can find more information
 and can prep for the discussion with Marc Thiessen's latest Washington Post column onSyria,
 .The Navy is widely expected to play a prominent role in any potential military actionagainst Syria. As Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert
 at an AEI event, however, the service is facing a doubly dangerous cocktail of reducedmodernization and shrinking readiness.
explores this and more in her 
 for US News and World Report.
 
Russia
The agreement reached by the US and Russia on Saturda
y that stipulates the destruction of Syria’s
chemical weapons stockpile faces considerable hurdles to implementation.
What are the top three things you need to know about Russia’s intervention in the Syria conflict?
breaks it down for you in
 . Also, visit The Wall Street Journal for Aron's contribution to an
, “How is President Obama's turnaround on Syria playing abroad? Seven views fromaround the globe.”
 On September 30th, the National Endowment for Democracy and George WashingtonUniversity will host Aron for a discussion on the characteristics of the opposition
movement in Russia and the challenges it faces in light of Putin’s new, repressive
legislation. Find more information
 .
National Security
On Sunday, a Yemeni court sent three al Qaeda members to jail for a plot to kill President Abd-RabbuMansour Hadi and to target diplomats in Sanaa.
In her report released last week,
explains why American strategy against al Qaeda is failing today, despite the killing of Osama bin Laden and success against the "core group" in Pakistan. "
 " lays the groundwork for a new approach to designing a global strategy to defeat alQaeda, which Zimmerman will pursue over the coming months.Zimmerman is testifying before the House Committee on Homeland SecuritySubcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on Wednesday. Livestream
 at 2:00 p.m.
 

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