Lobo Institute in the News

Top US general’s retirement marks turning point in Mideast operations

As published on Al Monitor: As the Islamic State (IS) conquered much of Iraq nearly five years ago, overtaking the Mosul Dam and marching within striking distance of American diplomats, Army Gen. Joseph Votel faced a nearly impossible mission. He ...
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Unpacking the State Dept Acknowledgment that 2001 and 2002 AUMFs Don’t Authorize War Against Iran

As published in Just Security: The State Department has acknowledged that the administration has not interpreted the 2001 or 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) to authorize military action against Iran, except for defensive purposes to protect forces ...
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Trump administration lays broad legal grounds for military strike on Iran

As published in the Washington Post: As it has contemplated military action against Iran, the Trump administration has opened the door to virtually every legal authority it might use to justify an attack, from tying Iran to al-Qaeda, to President ...
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Fears Rise of an ISIS Comeback

As published at Foreign Policy: With the United States continuing its drawdown in Syria, experts fear that the Islamic State could return stronger than ever unless other nations step in—but no replacement forces have yet been committed. “Our expectation is ...
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Private Roundtable with DASD Michael “Mick” Mulroy

As published at the Middle East Institute: When June 27, 2019 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Where Middle East Institute 1319 18th St NW District of Columbia, Washington, 20036 (Map) The Middle East Institute (MEI) was pleased to host Michael ...
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Trump: Tacit pledge to protect Syrian Kurds, amid broad US support

As published at Kurdistan24: WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) - Speaking to reporters in Japan on Saturday, at the end of the G-20 summit, US President Donald Trump made an implicit pledge to protect Syria’s Kurds against Turkish attack. Asked about ...
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Pentagon Official: We Didn’t Link Iran to al-Qaeda In Hill Briefings

As published in Defense One: “In these briefings, none of the officials mentioned al-Qa'ida or the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force,” DASD Mick Mulroy said. A senior defense official on Thursday fiercely denied that Pentagon officials have told Congress ...
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Building Capabilities, Nurturing Alliances at Heart of U.S. Strategy

As published on Defense.gov: Developing partnerships is at the core of American strategy, the deputy assistant defense secretary for the Middle East said. Michael P. Mulroy spoke at the Middle East Institute in Washington today and said American service members ...
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The Other Big Story: With world’s eyes on Iran, Putin moves to avert conflict between Turkey and Syria

As published in Al Monitor: With attention focused on the US-Iran confrontation in the Gulf, Russian President Vladimir Putin is scrambling to prevent a conflict between Turkey and Syria over Idlib, which is already a massive international crisis. This week ...
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Jewish Insider’s Daily Kickoff: May 15, 2019

As published in the Times of Israel: Tell your friends to sign up for the Daily Kickoff here or for early 7AM access via Debut Inbox DRIVING THE CONVO — On Tuesday, President Trump rejected a New York Times report ...
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