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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Council on Foreign Relations Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a regular contributor to Defense One. Lemmon is the author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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After Brussels, Will Voters Demand Foreign-Policy Experience?

March 22, 2016 Will today’s horror in Brussels tilt Americans toward presidential candidates with foreign-policy experience—or simply whet their appetite for more red-meat, get-tough rhetoric? Immediately after news broke of the rush-hour bombings, television networks raced to ask Donald Trump for reaction. (Trump gained 7 percent in the polls shortly after the Paris...

Dispatch from the Turkish Border: Syrians Waiting in Vain for the World

February 10, 2016 GAZI ANTEP, Turkey — On the second day of a UN-backed diplomatic gathering last week to end the war in Syria from offices in Geneva, Syrian civil society activists huddled in a pale hotel in the Turkish town of Gazi Antep to talk about building peace. Yet outside the workshop...

Obama's Legacy: Limited Force, Limited Influence, Lingering Questions of What America Should Be

January 14, 2016 In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama offered a fervent defense of his view of the role of American power. It’s a view some Republicans and Democrats have derided as offering too little support for America’s allies and too low-calorie a version of what American foreign policy...

The Challenge of Selling ‘Stay the Course’

December 15, 2015 It is a rhetorical challenge to make “more of the same” a compelling message, even for an oratorically gifted president. But that’s exactly what the president tried to do when he headed to the Pentagon Monday morning and offered the American public 1,210 words that essentially boiled down to six:...

In Town Where Refugees Depart, Trump's Ideas Feel Even More Ludicrous

December 9, 2015 IZMIR, Turkey — When barrel bombs fell near Alaa’s home in Aleppo, the eighteen-year-old Syrian ran outside to check on her family and to make certain her relatives were okay. In the process of seeing the carnage and searching for her loved ones, the mother of two ended up miscarrying...

Special Ops Survey Showed 85% Opposed Serving With Women

December 4, 2015 Come next year women can become Navy SEALs and Army Rangers in their own right should they meet the test, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday. But according to a study special operations leadership commissioned when the end of the ban on women in ground combat was announced, committed senior...

What Will Change Now?

November 16, 2015 For more than three years those who advocated greater intervention into Syria’s civil war have argued that the nation’s descent into a blood-soaked civil war would bring devastation to more than Syria. It would bring chaos to the region, Europe and beyond. “The scripts have been written,” one Obama administration...

Why It Matters That Carter Says Iraq Raid Isn't Combat, Then Says It Is

October 23, 2015 An American soldier has died in Iraq as a result of the U.S. intervention to support Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State. It’s the first loss of an American service member since the fight against ISIS began, and the first combat death in Iraq since 2011. U.S. special operations forces...

‘I Don’t Know What The Debate Is,’ Army's Top Officer Says of Women

October 16, 2015 A few doors down from the packed room at the U.S. Army’s annual national convention this week in which special operations and conventional Army senior leaders sat on a dais discussing doctrine, the new Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley met with a group of military leaders gathered to...

White House Once Again Weighing Intervention Options in Syria

October 9, 2015 It is now official: the program to arm and train Syrian moderates, the one that leapt from “fantasy” to policy priority between August and September of last year is now officially winding down. Its failure leaves the administration facing options it doesn’t care for in a war it doesn’t want...