From BrookingsInstitution – 21st Century Defense Initiative

Having Publish this from Brookings on September 11th before the Embassy attacks I thought I would add to it starting with

Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy program Martin Indyk remembers Ambassador Chris Stevens’ work as someone eager to be on the front lines in Libya. Indyk further outlines the differences between recent demonstrations in Benghazi and Cairo, and the differences in response from Libya and Egypt.

We don’t hear much about the Defense Budget in this campaign season, and what we do hear may not be clearly explained. I usually go to Brookings Institution for my Latin American studies but I thought I would share these short films on the subject of the Defense Budget.


Benjamin Wittes: Guantanamo is now a model facility and talk of closing it doesn’t make sense. President Obama needs to embrace that.

On September 10th, the Campaign 2012 project at Brookings held a discussion on terrorism, the ninth in a series of forums that identify and address the 12 most critical issues facing the next president. White House Reporter Josh Gerstein of POLITICO moderated a panel discussion with Brookings experts Benjamin Wittes, Stephen Grand and Hafez Ghanem, who presented recommendations to the next president. More on this event at:


Benjamin Wittes: Arguably, and despite the campaign rhetoric, there are areas of consensus between the candidates about a counterterrorism policy for the nation.


Stephen R. Grand: In the wake of the Arab Spring, the U.S. can now make new alliances and forge stronger ties with Middle East and North African nations.


Hafez Ghanem: The best way to curtail terrorism is with a holistic approach that includes partnerships for development, democracy and peace.

Marvin Kalb: No matter who our next president is, he’s going to have to execute his defense spending plan in this challenging fiscal environment.


Peter Singer: The shape, look and execution of our national defense continues to change, yet discussion about the defense budget has been notably absent from campaign rhetoric.


Michael O’Hanlon: Whether it’s President Obama or President Romney, our next president will need more money for his vision of our national defense agenda.


Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments: Defense spending isn’t simply about the nation’s defense, it’s about the nation’s overall fiscal situation.

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