Kissinger, McMaster, and the Middle East: A 70-year Retrospective on US Policymaking

Written by Samuel Kramer on . Posted in Capital Commentary

On Oct. 10, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted a retrospective discussion of the National Security Council (NSC)'s 70-year history and its path forward. The evening’s stars were Henry Kissinger, doyen of American realism, and H.R. McMaster, the current National Security Adviser. Though their conversation covered broad topics, it revealed the intellectual scaffolding for American policy toward Israel and the greater Middle East.

Uneasy Lie the Crowns

Written by Joshua Z. Rokach on . Posted in Capital Commentary

A new column focusing on court decisions, legislation, and other public policy news related to Jewish community and practice in America.

Last month in Boston, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit handed down a decision in a dispute between two Jewish congregations over the ownership of some very special klei kodesh (ritual objects). Both the parties and the property involved — a set of 18th-century Torah crowns — boast of a lineage older than the United States itself.

Budget Cuts Loom But It’s Still Business as Usual for Most Federal Employees

Written by Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Capital Commentary

With President Donald Trump’s proposed budget calling for cuts of 20 to 30 percent in multiple departments, the constant barrage of ugly political discourse (coming from both sides of the aisle), and memos restricting what those working in the trenches of the vast federal bureaucracy may say to the press — well, maybe working for the federal government isn’t nearly the cushy job everyone says it is. 

Will Trump Scrap the Iran Deal?

Written by Jackson Richman on . Posted in Capital Commentary

After campaigning to dismantle the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, President Donald Trump has not only left what he called “the worst deal ever negotiated” untouched since he came into office, but he has twice certified that the regime has not been in violation of the agreement.