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.


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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RCD: CNO's Losing Battle to Avoid a Hollow Navy

RCD: CNO’s Losing Battle to Avoid a Hollow Navy

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Jonathan Greenert has adopted the lingo of marine navigation to bring organization to his thinking about fleet priorities.  His “Sailing…

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