Sara Sorcher

Sara Sorcher Sara Sorcher is National Journal's national security correspondent. You can find her in the halls of the Pentagon, State Department and Congress covering defense, military and foreign policy issues. Before joining the newsroom in September 2010, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel. Her print and video packages have been featured with major outlets including ABC News, The New York Times, TIME, CNN World View and Global Post. Sorcher graduated magna cum laude in Middle Eastern Studies from Tufts University and speaks Hebrew and Arabic.
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Security Insiders Poll: World Struck 'Good Deal' With Iran

December 3, 2013 A strong majority of National Journal's National Security Insiders thought the recent agreement between world powers and Iran—to limit its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief—is a "good deal," despite scathing criticism by Iran hawks and Israel. The agreement, inked in Geneva, "is better than expected and rolls...

Security Insiders: Next NSA Chief Should Be a Civilian

November 19, 2013 Two-thirds of National Journal's National Security Insiders support replacing the head of the National Security Agency with a civilian when Army Gen. Keith Alexander retires. As the agency remains under the spotlight since media outlets have reported on its widespread surveillance programs disclosed by Edward Snowden, the White House is...

How Obama Can Bypass Congress and Ease Sanctions on Iran

November 4, 2013 Chatter in Washington ahead of next week’s negotiations in Geneva between world powers and Iran resembles a typical “good cop, bad cop” routine: The Obama administration floats possible economic relief for Tehran in exchange for verifiable concessions on its nuclear program, while Congress saber-rattles against any easing of sanctions, no...

Congress Slams Obama for Cutting Aid to Egypt

October 10, 2013 The Obama administration has unveiled the biggest shakeup of Washington's annual $1.3 billion Egypt aid package in three decades, and the decision largely fell flat on Capitol Hill as even key Democratic lawmakers complained that they were cut out of the decision-making process. The administration announced on Wednesday it was...

Cutting Egypt Aid Too Little, Too Late

October 9, 2013 Until now, the Obama administration has played it safe when it comes to the virtually sacrosanct $1.3 billion annual aid package with Egypt, despite the years of turbulence which wracked the country since Hosni Mubarak fell in 2011. But the administration is changing course, announcing Wednesday it will suspend high-priority...

Obama Is Changing the Way He Fights the War on Terror

October 7, 2013 In a risky operation this weekend, Navy SEALS stormed a villa in a seaside Somalia town, searching for Ikrima, a top commander from al-Shabaab, the al-Qaida offshoot responsible for an attack in a Nairobi mall that killed dozens of people just weeks ago. When the troops came under intense gunfire,...

House Intel Chair Wants Arab Troops To Secure Chemical Weapons

September 12, 2013 Despite calling the available options to secure Syria's chemical weapons "pretty awful," House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said it was possible to transfer the country's massive stockpile to international control -- especially with Arab League troops on the ground. "I do think you can get a good percentage of...

How the Military’s 'Bro' Culture Turns Women Into Targets

September 9, 2013 Kayla Williams, an Arabic linguist, was the only woman with a group of about 20 troops posted to Iraq's Sinjar Mountain in 2003, and she was almost one of the boys. To kill time while off-duty, the men pretended to hump everything in sight, including the Humvee, during their relatively...

How the Military's 'Bro' Culture Turns Women Into Targets

September 9, 2013 Kayla Williams, an Arabic linguist, was the only woman with a group of about 20 troops posted to Iraq's Sinjar Mountain in 2003, and she was almost one of the boys. To kill time while off-duty, the men pretended to hump everything in sight, including the Humvee, during their relatively...

Worldwide Travel Alert Issued for Al Qaeda Threat

August 2, 2013 The State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert to U.S. citizens, broadly citing potential terrorist attacks in August in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly in the Arabian Peninsula or originating in that region. Embassies across the Middle East and in other Muslim countries are preparing...

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