Global significance of Turkey shooting down Russia jet


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“I think it is potentially very significant. I lay responsibility here almost totally on Moscow’s doorstep. They shouldn’t be in this region at all. They undertook the risk of adventurism by putting an airbase in...

To Defeat ISIS, Create a Sunni State



This op-ed originally appeared in the New York Times on November 24, 2015. Click here to read the original op-ed. America is debating how to respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris. Unfortunately, both President...

Obama, Hollande, and Putin face ISIS


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“After their meeting on Tuesday, Presidents Obama and Hollande will face the press and explain how much they are in agreement, how tough they are going to be on ISIS, how determined they are to...

From Hitler to ISIS


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“We have to start with the recognition that this attack in Paris was an act of war, which French President Francois Hollande has been very forthright in saying, unlike our leadership, and that they way...

Paris attacks: Four important lessons world must learn from French tragedy



French President Francois Hollande has contended unambiguously that ISIS launched the Paris terrorist attacks Friday night, and ISIS itself has now claimed responsibility. It is not too early, even now, to draw important lessons from this tragedy. We do so both to prevent the near-term recurrence of more terrorist violence against the West, and to address seriously the broader, global Islamicist threat that has been growing, not diminishing, in recent years. We certainly have at least enough information and experience to draw working hypotheses for the next days and weeks until more details become available.


Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.