Hasty Ambush

Hasty Ambushes are short, sharp, reactive pieces from War on the Rocks contributors. If commentary and analysis are our symphonies, Hasty Ambushes are jazz.


McCants at Brookings: ISIS Fantasies of an Apocalyptic Showdown in Northern Syria

McCants at Brookings: ISIS Fantasies of an Apocalyptic Showdown in Northern Syria

The meadow outside the small village of Dabiq, Syria is a strange setting for one of the final battles of the Islamic apocalypse. Although close…

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The “First War on Terrorism?”: Recommended Reading

The “First War on Terrorism?”: Recommended Reading

WOTR contributor Bill Rosenau of the CNA Corporation’s Center for Strategic Studies has an exciting new report on “the forgotten history of counterterrorism in the…

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The Protests in Hong Kong: What Next?

The Protests in Hong Kong: What Next?

Over the weekend, police in Hong Kong used pepper spray and teargas against thousands of pro-democracy protesters occupying key areas of the city center. Tensions…

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Obama: "This is not America’s fight alone"

Obama: “This is not America’s fight alone”

Editor’s Note: The following speech was delivered by President Barack Obama on the morning of September 23, 2014. Good morning, everybody.  Last night, on my…

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Bew in the New Statesman: Rethinking Nixon 40 Years after Watergate

Bew in the New Statesman: Rethinking Nixon 40 Years after Watergate

In February 1969, the New Statesman was the nearly subject of an embarrassing incident in Anglo-American relations. Expecting a Democratic victory for Hubert Humphrey over Richard Nixon…

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Ryan Evans for FPRI: Turkey’s Shifting Strategic Culture

Ryan Evans for FPRI: Turkey’s Shifting Strategic Culture

When Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was recently sworn in as the President of the Republic of Turkey, the ceremony did not lack in symbolism, much of…

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A Quick Take on the President's Speech: The Good and Not-So-Good

A Quick Take on the President’s Speech: The Good and Not-So-Good

A few weeks ago, I took to War on the Rocks to advocate Presidential leadership in combatting ISIL.  After digesting the President’s speech last night,…

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Kerry's New Anti-Islamic State Coaltion: "No boots on the ground"

Kerry’s New Anti-Islamic State Coaltion: “No boots on the ground”

Editor’s Note: At the NATO Summit in Wales, today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new coalition to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the…

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