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.


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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Remarks by President Obama to the People of Estonia

Remarks by President Obama to the People of Estonia

Delivered at Nordea Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Hello, Estonia!  Tere Eesti!  Thank you, Oskar, for your wonderful introduction and…

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