Lobo Institute in the News

Jannah or Jahannam: Options for Dealing with ISIS Detainees

October 13, 2020 Eric Oehlerich, Mick Mulroy, Liam McHugh As published by the Middle East Institute Summary Thousands of former ISIS fighters and tens of thousands of civilians indoctrinated in the group’s extremist ideology currently sit in prisons and refugee camps across ...
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Esper plans more official travel as calls grow for him to stay put

As published by Politico by Lara Seligman The Pentagon’s top military leaders are under quarantine. The president's case of coronavirus is prompting concern that the U.S. is vulnerable to adversaries. And the election is stoking fears of more unrest in ...
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The world’s hottest spy target: Trump’s health

President Donald Trump's doctors won’t say when he last tested negative. They won’t reveal details of how his lungs are functioning, why he was prescribed advanced treatments usually reserved for severe Covid-19 cases, how high his fever soared or just ...
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Pentagon Downplays National Security Concerns From Trump’s Diagnosis

...and some experts say they’re probably right. As published by Defense One by Katie Bo Williams Top Pentagon officials on Friday morning moved quickly to dispel fears that President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis has put the United States at ...
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Will Trump’s Case of COVID-19 Endanger U.S. National Security?

Officials are warily watching for adversaries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea to exploit the moment. As published by Foreign Policy BY ROBBIE GRAMER, JACK DETSCH | OCTOBER 2, 2020, 12:50 PM Officials and veteran national security experts in the United States warn that ...
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U.S. and the Middle East: Lessons from the Obama and Trump Administrations by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The U.S. administration that takes office in January 2021 will formulate policies toward the Middle East and North Africa amid rising great power competition, a shifting energy landscape, and a diminished public appetite for military interventions. What lessons can be ...
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US reimposes Iran sanctions, setting up showdown with world that rejects them

The UN, allies said the Trump admin. doesn't have the authority to restore them. As published by ABC News by Conor Finnegan President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday, authorizing new sanctions on Iranian officials and entities, and those ...
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Will Trump’s Troop Drawdown Plans Destabilize Iraq and Afghanistan (Again)?

Successive presidents have promised to finally bring the troops home. But time and again neither country has shown its security forces are strong enough to ward off insurgents on their own.  As published by Foreign Affairs by  JACK DETSCH, ROBBIE GRAMER | SEPTEMBER ...
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US announces drawdown of forces in Iraq

As published by Kurdistan 24 by Laurie Mylroie WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – The head of CENTCOM, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, announced on Wednesday that by month’s end, the US would reduce the number of its forces in Iraq from the ...
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Trump plays defense with the military weeks before election

As published by Politico by Lara Seligman President Donald Trump is once again fending off a fresh set of attacks from the military, this time as he's forced to explain away allegations that he disparaged fallen and wounded service members, ...
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