June 13th, 2014
08:05 PM ET

Pres. Obama warns against danger of "doing nothing" in Iraq

How should the United States get involved, if at all, in the crisis of Iraq? 

Admiral William Fallon, former Commander of U.S. Central Command, and former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark are OutFront with their takes.

Filed under: International • Iraq • National Security
June 13th, 2014
08:04 PM ET

U.S. Officials "surprised" at speed of militant advances in Iraq

U.S. officials are admitting to CNN that they were caught off guard by how quickly the situation in Iraq has spiraled out of control.

Officials told CNN's Kyra Phillips that they were surprised at both the speed of the militants' advance and the fact that Iraqi Security Forces appeared to abandon their units and positions.

Today, militants took over three more towns after clashes with Iraqi forces that lasted several hours. So far the group behind the violence – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS – has launched massive attacks on four major cities and already controls more than three dozen smaller towns. FULL POST

Filed under: International • Iraq • National Security
May 12th, 2014
08:05 PM ET

Should Nigeria swap prisoners for kidnapped girls?

Boko Haram has released a video that appears to show a large group of the over 200 girls they kidnapped from a school in Nigeria last month, demanding the release of certain prisoners by the Nigerian government in exchange for their safe return.

Should the country negotiate with terrorists and risk releasing dangerous prisoners? How much should the U.S. be involved? OutFront tonight are Rep. Peter King, who serves on the House Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees, and Juan Zarate, former Deputy National Security Adviser for combating terrorism.

March 3rd, 2014
08:24 PM ET

Next steps for U.S. in Ukraine uncertain, limited

With thousands of Russian troops already on the ground in Ukraine, President Obama says Putin's country is "on the wrong side of history."

And today, he warned there will be consequences for breaking international law, saying that the U.S. is "examining a whole series of steps" to respond economically and diplomatically to Russia's actions.

But what exactly are those steps? Here to discuss are General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, and Michael McFaul, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

Filed under: International • Military • National Security • Russia • Ukraine
February 27th, 2014
08:58 PM ET

Russia military moving closer to Ukraine border: "This is not a win-win for Vladimir Putin," Hayden says

Vladamir Putin is beating the war drum.

Less than a week after the Olympic games, the Russian president is mobilizing his forces and preparing to crack down on the former Soviet State of Ukraine.

Russian fighter jets were dispatched to patrol the country's borders Thursday, and nearly 150,000 troops have been mobilized into military exercises near the region.

Russian troop movements near Ukraine raise concerns, U.S. official says

Russia says it will respect the "territorial integrity of Ukraine," but there is no question the show of force is a clear message to the U.S. it has no intention of letting Ukraine go.

CNN's Erin Burnett asked former NSA and CIA director General Michael Hayden what this means to the U.S. and Russia.

Russian president Vladimir Putin "is going to play hard ball over a long period of time because a Ukraine outside of his orbit and firmly in the western camp is probably unacceptable to him," Hayden said.

Filed under: International • National Security • News • NSA • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
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