Tuesday’s Events And Headlines

Conference Today On US Foreign Policy After Iraq/Afghanistan Today, The American Conservative will host a discussion on America’s role in the world after Afghanistan and Iraq, and who is offering alternative visions for protecting America’s core security and economic interests in the new global framework.

The talk on The New Internationalism can be viewed here.

On a related note, Daniel Drezner tries to answer the question: Do think tank conferences have any real utility?

Will Iraq Crisis Lead To Shift In American Middle East Policy? Howard LeFranchi of the Christian Science Monitor asks whether the crisis in Iraq will lead to a fundamental shift in US Middle East policy.

Are Israeli Soldiers Tending To Wounded Syrian Soldiers?
In an exclusive post on Foreign Policy‘s blog, Colum Lynch reports on how Israel “is quietly cultivating ties with moderate Syrian rebel groups operating along the country’s U.N.-monitored cease-fire line with Syria, providing medical care and other unidentified supplies to the insurgents while potentially extracting a valuable vein of intelligence on the activities of President Bashar al-Assad’s army as well as extremist opposition forces within Syria.”

In the past three months, battle-hardened Syrian rebels have transported scores of wounded Syrians across a cease-fire line that has separated Israel from Syria since 1974, according to a 15-page report by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the work of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

The Case For Doing Nothing In Iraq
Barry Posen, a professor of political science at MIT, makes the case for doing nothing in Iraq in an essay in Politico magazine.



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