Obama’s SOTU: Politics, Poverty, Tax Policy and War Authority

Obama’s SOTU: Politics, Poverty, Tax Policy and War Authority

January 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Dr. Michael Shank, adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses President Obama’s State of the Union address. Shank examines Obama’s free community college pledge within the context of US poverty and inequality rates, Obama’s tax policies, and Congressional war authority. Video courtesy of RT.

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Costs of Obama’s Wars Mount: More Troops, Chemical Weapons, and Veterans

Costs of Obama’s Wars Mount: More Troops, Chemical Weapons, and Veterans

November 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

Dr. Michael Shank, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the US war in Iraq, recent news of 600 troops exposed to chemical weapons, the deployment of 1500 more US troops, […]

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The End of American Influence in the World?

The End of American Influence in the World?

November 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Dr. Michael Shank, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the possible end of American influence in the world and how the US can restore its social, economic, and diplomatic standing. […]

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Obama’s Air Strikes, Drone Strikes and Diplomacy in Iraq

Obama’s Air Strikes, Drone Strikes and Diplomacy in Iraq

June 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the White House’s military-first approach in Iraq, why diplomacy with regional Sunni-Shia states is necessary, and how America’s previous policies in […]

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US War in Libya: Lessons Learned for Syria

US War in Libya: Lessons Learned for Syria

October 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution discusses the two-year anniversary of the US war in Libya.  Shank explores the lessons learned from the Libya invasion, the parallels with the […]

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What the World Wants in an American President: On Drones and Diversity

October 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Michael Shank, adjunct professor at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the international community’s overwhelming support for Barack Obama as president of the United States, drone strikes in Pakistan, America’s new permanent war, the Muslim world’s support for Barack Obama, and America’s aggressive tilt toward China.  […]

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Israeli Attack on Iran, Harsh US Rhetoric, Nonproliferation Treaties and the US Appetite for War

February 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Michael Shank discusses Israel’s potential plan to attack Iran in early 2012, the need for enforcement of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, President Obama and the State Department’s rhetoric on Iran, Saudi Arabia and the oil markets, and recent polling on American appetite for an attack on Iran.  Interview courtesy of […]

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President Obama Announces New Military Strategy and Defense Cuts at Pentagon

January 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Michael Shank, US Vice President at the Institute for Economics and Peace, discusses President Obama’s new defense strategy announced at the Pentagon this week and discusses where the cuts in defense spending will occur and how it will impact the future direction of US warfare.  Video courtesy of CTV News.

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