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Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East

Aspen Institute


Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East

In Blindspot: America’s Response to Radicalism in the Middle East, authors share their insights and analysis on radical extremism in the Middle East, what it means for Americans, and how the United States should respond. The book is the product of the nonpartisan Aspen Strategy Group’s August 2015 meeting on America’s response to radicalism in the Middle East.  This book helps to decipher extremist ideology, place it in its larger global context, and suggest ways to defend American interests in the Middle East in the years ahead. The book offers a collection of policy proposals for the turbulent future ahead in the Middle East. A video of the book launch featuring Jim Cartwright, Jane Harman, and Richard Fontaine in conversation with Richard Fontaine can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc-8MXOR3ic.

President Barack Obama makes remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009, about being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Analysis & Opinions - Politico

U.S., Russia Must Lead on Arms Control

| October 13, 2009

"The Nobel Peace Prize Committee cited Obama's dedication to arms control and nonproliferation when announcing last Friday his selection as this year's laureate. If he creates a positive, mutually reinforcing dynamic in the way he presents and sequences the two treaties [NPT and CTBT], it will give momentum and coherence to follow-on negotiations and the agreements that they produce."


Project on National Security Reform - Preliminary Findings

  • Norman R. Augustine
  • General (ret.) Charles G. Boyd
  • Daniel W. Christman
  • Ruth A. David
  • Leon Fuerth
  • Newt Gingrich
  • James R. Locher III
  • James M. Loy
  • Jessica Tuchman Mathews
  • John McLaughlin
  • Carlos Pascual
  • Amb. Thomas R. Pickering
  • Jeffrey H. Smith
  • Dr. James B. Steinberg
  • Ken Weinstein
  • Amb. David M. Abshire
| July 2008

The Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) - a bipartisan, private-public partnership sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Presidency - has released its preliminary findings on needed changes in the national security system (covering both international and homeland security). PNSR's goal is approval of a new system early in the next administration. It envisions three sets of reforms: new presidential directives or executive orders, a new national security act, and amendments to Senate and House rules.