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In a comprehensive article last December, military theorist Huba Wass de Czege stresses the importance of waging a war of ideas to the overall fight against Islamic radicals. He notes that a critical determinant of victory in ISIS-held territories will be success in a struggle for “legitimacy to govern, make laws, and enforce them” that must take place between the terror group and “the alternative that will follow.”

He writes that what is needed is a “coordinated allied military assault in all the dimensions that matter, sufficiently strong to achieve decisive results in minimum time, in which the required tasks are accomplished by the powers best suited” and a “coordinated and parallel allied effort in the wake of operations to establish legitimate local governing bodies to secure the community, facilitate the distribution of humanitarian aid, guide allied efforts to jump-start local economies, and, thus, rebuild viable and safe communities in short order.”

German Refugee Policy Changing In Wake Of New Year’s Eve Rapes
German chancellor Angela Merkel adopted a tougher tone on migration after it was learned that hundreds of women were allegedly raped and assaulted by migrants from the Middle East and is now calling for those who commit crimes to lose their asylum status.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Merkel said that “serial offenders who repeatedly rob or repeatedly affront women must feel the full force of the law,” according to Reuters.

German law presently requires deportation if an individual is sentenced to at least three years in prison, but it is dependent upon their lives not being at risk at home.

“As inexact and unclear as the facts from Cologne may be, they carry a clear message: Difficult days are ahead. And they beg a couple of clear questions: Is Germany really sure that it can handle the influx of refugees? And: Does Germany really have the courage and the desire to become the country in Europe with the greatest number of immigrants?” asks an editorial in the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

“New Year’s Eve marks a shift because it crystallized a widespread unease with state inaction. The happenings on the square between the Cologne Cathedral and the main train station was as symbolic as they were real: symbolic of the state’s powerlessness in the face of chaos and crime,” the paper concludes.

Saturday Interview: Former Amb. To Russia Michael McFaul
Michael McFaul, a former ambassador to Russia, sits down with the Stanford Political Journal to discuss a range of international issues from ISIS and China to the tumult resulting from the migration crisis in Europe.

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