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Your holiday weekend long reads are here

Now that the election is over it is time to take a fresh look at the national security and foreign policy challenges that lie ahead. That’s why we are sending you our third in a series of long reads that give you more in-depth analysis about the issues that we will dominate the upcoming year. These articles give you a chance to step back and look at the bigger picture of some of the most difficult situations and get some real analysis on what we should do next.

Iraq/Syria

Vox: On the ground in Mosul – why the worst-case scenarios are coming true
“The US and its allies are winning the battle. Winning the war is going to be much harder.”

Amnesty International: USA must come clean about civilian deaths caused by Coalition airstrikes in Syria
“It’s high time the US authorities came clean about the full extent of the civilian damage caused by Coalition attacks in Syria.”

Peace Action: Choosing the Path of Peace in Syria Part One – The Siren Song of the No-Fly Zone
“To find sustainable solutions to the conflict we’ll need to separate the siren song of quick military fixes being promoted in the U.S., many of which could cause even greater violence, from real lasting peacemaking.”

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

The New York Times: How the Iranian-Saudi Proxy Struggle Tore Apart the Middle East
“Saudi Arabia and Iran are waging a struggle for dominance that has turned much of the Middle East into their battlefield. Rather than fighting directly, they wield and in that way worsen the region’s direst problems: dictatorship, militia violence and religious extremism.”

Forbes: America Should Quit Saudi Arabia’s War In Yemen: The Senseless Killing Must Stop
“No longer can the Obama administration pretend that fighting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s war has no consequences. Washington has turned the U.S. into a foreign target, yet again.”

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission: Hearing on Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Witnesses to the Yemen conflict discuss the strategic environment in which the conflict is taking place, update the humanitarian situation as it has been exacerbated by the conflict, and offer recommendations to ensure civilian protection.

Pentagon Budget

Security Assistance Monitor: U.S. Military and Police Aid Programs A Basic Guide-From Purpose to Type of Recipient
“Over the past 15 years, the United States has significantly expanded the number of U.S. security sector aid funding accounts or programs to support a range of U.S. national security and foreign policy goals. This guide provides an overview of 29 key, active U.S. programs funded by the Defense or State Departments and grouped by their primary purpose.”

Nuclear Modernization
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: A renewed mobilization to reduce the danger from nuclear weapons 
“We have been extraordinarily lucky to get this far without a nuclear Armageddon. We cannot depend on such luck continuing. The only complete solution is to get rid of nuclear weapons.”

Torture/ Guantanamo

The New York Times: Where Even Nightmares Are Classified: Psychiatric Care at Guantánamo
“The United States military defends the quality of mental health care at Guantánamo as humane and appropriate. Detainees, human rights groups and doctors consulting for defense teams offer more critical assessments, describing it as negligent or ineffective in many cases.”

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