In This Issue
Iran Deal After One Year: Lunch Briefing and Report Release
Edelman, Makovsky, and Ruhe on Need to Restore U.S. Credibility Against Iran in USA Today
Makovsky on What's the Deal with Iran? in The Weekly Standard
2016 Military Academies Program (Session 1)
IDF BG Michael Herzog in NYC
Gen. Amidror on Valuable Lessons of Second Lebanon War in Israel Hayom
National Leadership Conference Call on...Turkey
National Leadership Conference Call on...The Iran Nuclear Deal After One Year
New Journal Article + Book Review
Fall Internship Opportunities
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Upcoming Events

Military Academies Program 
(Session 2)
July 25 - Aug. 9

Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP)
November 12 - 22

Annual Awards Dinner
November 29

Fall National Leadership Conference
November 30


JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy and United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) co-host a briefing assessing the JCPOA after one year and consider its future in Washington, Tehran, and the Greater Middle East

On July 12, JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy and UANI co-hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill.

The keynote speakers were Congressman Ed Royce (CA-13) Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) Member, House Committee on Financial Services. Panelists included: Senator Joseph I. LiebermanUANI Chairman and Former United States Senator (CT); Dr. Aaron David MillerVice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Fellow at the Wilson Center and former Advisor to Democratic and Republican Secretaries of State; and Dr. Ray TakeyhSenior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, JINSA Iran Task Force Member and UANI Advisory Board Member. The panel was moderated by Jonathan Ruhe, Associate Director of JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy.

The Iran Task Force released its latest report to mark the first anniversary of the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program. The report assesses the negative impacts of the deal on U.S. national security, and lays out detailed recommendations for the next president to restore U.S. credibility, bolster regional stability and ensure Iran cannot advance its nuclear program.

Click above to view full video of briefing on Capitol Hill.

Gemunder Center Iran Task Force Chairman Ambassador Eric Edelman, JINSA President & CEO Dr. Michael Makovsky, and Gemunder Center Associate Director Jonathan Ruhe

published in
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Iran needs to take America seriously again
By Eric Edelman, Mike Makovsky and Jonathan Ruhe
July 14, 2016

The year since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program was announced has been a strategic windfall for Iran and a disaster for the United States. Many of the deal's shortcomings were glaring from the beginning, yet they have been magnified by serial and gratuitous U.S. concessions to unilateral Iranian demands.

JINSA President & CEO Dr. Michael Makovsky

published in
What's the Deal with Iran?
By Dr. Michael Makovsky
July 8, 2016

July 14 marks a year since President Barack Obama announced an unsigned agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), perhaps the most important diplomatic event in recent memory. A majority of Congress and Americans opposed it; Obama considers it his crowning foreign policy achievement. Given these starkly different views, and the high stakes for our national security, it is worth asking, after one year, what has the JCPOA accomplished?

2016 Military Academies Program (Session 1)

Session 1 cadets and midshipmen during a visit to the IDF Officers Training School, July 7, 2016.

JINSA's first delegation of cadets and midshipmen from the 2016 Military Academies Program returned from Israel on July 12 after completing two weeks in an intensive educational program that took future American military officers all across the country, from the northern borders with Syria and Lebanon to the Negev Desert on an unforgettable experience. In addition to seeing the historical sites and borders, the 30 cadets and midshipmen also heard expert lectures from professors, journalists, and retired senior officers. According to many of the participants, the highlight was spending a week with junior IDF officers and gaining their knowledge and insights while making memories and friendships.

As one midshipman wrote: "I strongly believe that the best way to understand Israel is not only by getting firsthand experience in the country, but also more importantly having subject matter experts help explain and have conversations with you about Israel. This program afforded all the future officers these two things, and will surely help us comprehend the Middle East as well as grow in familiarity and appreciation for one of the United States' biggest allies."

IDF BG Michael Herzog gives a strategic overview of the Middle East at an exclusive dinner briefing in New York City

On July 7 in NYC, JINSA held an exclusive dinner briefing featuring IDF Brigadier General (ret.) Michael Herzog Former Chief of Staff to Israel's Minister of Defense and Former Head of IDF Strategic Planning Division.

JINSA in the News 

Gemunder Center Distinguished Fellow IDF Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror Op-Ed in
The Importance of Interests
By IDF Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror - 7/6/16

Never, it seems, has there been such dissonance between the media perception of a military operation and the reality a decade later as there is surrounding the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

National Leadership Conference Call on Turkey and the Ramifications of the Failed Coup

On July 19, JINSA held a Conference Call for National Leaders discussing the recent events in Turkey. The call featured Ambassador Eric Edelman Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Chairman, JINSA's Gemunder Center Iran Task Force and Svante Cornell Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, Co-founder of the Institute for Security and Development Policy.

National Leadership Conference Call on The Iran Nuclear Deal After One Year: Assessment and Options for the Next President

On July 22, JINSA held a Conference Call for National Leaders featuring a policy discussion between The Honorable Stephen Rademaker Senior Advisor, Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation and Dr. Michael Makovsky JINSA President & CEO.

New Journal Article + Book Review

A Kurdish Moment?
For the Kurds, the fight against ISIS provides an opportunity within adversity 
By Renad Mansour

Before the so-called Islamic State emerged in the Middle East, not too many had heard of the Kurds. Commonly referred to as "the world's largest nation without a state" following World War I, international actors skipped over the Kurds when awarding statehood to various actors in the region. As a result, the group was left at the mercy of strong and antagonistic central governments in Ankara, Baghdad, Damascus, and Tehran. As a minority, they remained isolated from international actors, who feared provoking irredentism.

New Book Review -
What Makes The Islamic State Tick
By Michael P. Pregent

William McCants, The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State (St. Martin's Press, 2015), 256pp. $18.38

Fall Internship Opportunities

JINSA is currently seeking full and part time interns for Fall 2016. The Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy and JINSA's Outreach Department both have opportunities available. 

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