Ambassador Garčević discusses Germany and the United States’ transfer of military equipment to Ukraine, the military significance of the battle for Bakhmut on the Eastern Ukrainian front, as well as what to expect of the war in the Spring.
Ambassador Storella noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to the U.K. is just the latest stop in a strategic diplomatic offensive, which he needs to be successful if a subsequent military offensive to retake territory seized by Russia is to be successful.
“The military in Pakistan has gone through a major change in the past two decades…It has gone from being an institution that most people respected, or kept quiet about, to one that is now very publicly under attack — and that shift started with Pervez Musharraf.”
The discussion centered on the risks and implications of continued hostilities in Ukraine and how to balance those against the risks of pursuing diplomacy with an aggressive and apparently unrepentant Putin regime.
“While the best defense is a strong offense, our strategic tunnel vision is clouding our thinking on what it means to keep America safe. While adequately resourcing the US military is important, it isn’t the only requirement in our collective security.”
During this special WorldBoston event, Professor Weinstein and Major General Leavitt discussed the importance of public engagement for the service, Air Force recruiting, and the role of the U.S. Air Force in national security.
Professors Schmidt, Shifrinson, and Ye were three of 78 experts who signed the open letter opposing a no-fly zone in Ukraine, adding to the argument against putting United States troops in direct engagement with Russians.
“This conflict comes when for Biden’s domestic problems are much more important than international ones. The country is divided, the pandemic is not over yet, and high levels of inflation are worrying.”
Across multiple interviews, Ambassador Garčević discusses issues facing Serbia including the role of the U.S. and EU in the region, Russia and the Balkans, as well as the country’s military expansion and how that is perceived by others in the region.
Lt. Gen. Weinstein (Ret.) discussed the continuous presence of United States forces in the Middle East since Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the need for all Americans to understand its military, as well as the need for a new doctrine of military force to be applied before the U.S. gets into another conflict.
“The fact that we haven’t seen the castigation of U.S. credibility in an overt, dramatic way is a more telling indicator.”
In multiple articles, Lt Gen Weinstein applauds President Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal strategy stating, “you can’t focus on all those other activities when you’re mired in Afghanistan.”
If the U.S. is able to withdrawal troops by September 11, it will certainly be historic; however, there will be a lot of difficult discussions in Washington, D.C. and Kabul between now and then.
“As September approaches, Biden may face new questions about how the last U.S. forces can leave Afghanistan without leaving chaos behind.”
“We have a new president of the United States, and we’re going to have a new secretary of defense…We can tackle these problems now.”
What’s the role of the U.S. Space Force in cybersecurity, and how does it work with other branches of the military?
Lt Gen Weinstein described white nationalism as a “cancer” that must be removed from the ranks of the U.S. military.
The Pardee Center’s series explored displacement and refugees, increased militarization of U.S. police, and growth of military contracting.
During a special online edition of Beyond the Headlines (BtH), a panel of experts from BU, Marquette University, and the U.S. Air Force discussed civil-military relations.
Appearing on PBS NewsHour, Professor Bacevich argues that ending U.S. security commitment in Europe should be one part of rethinking our overall security posture.