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"james dobbins" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

05:00 min | 1 year ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on KCRW

"S. sent diplomatic Washington into further confusion ambassador James Dobbins was the US special representative for Afghanistan from twenty thirteen to twenty fourteen and he joins me on the line good morning right ambassador Dobbins just briefly what was your reaction to the president's announcement last night well I was surprised as anyone. can you explain what that surprise was about. well first of all that we were going to hold a meeting in the area at camp David with the Taliban that was surprising enough but then that we cancel the meeting and apparently canceled disassociation soul together that could have led to the meeting. explain to people who may not understand why it is surprising that the Taliban would be coming to camp David specifically on a week where we would be commemorating September eleventh. well I see yeah I mean I think that's a coincidence that may affect some of impact and and might have contributed to the decision to cancel the meeting but it clearly we've been in in conflict with the Taliban now for going on eighteen years and are little more than eighty years and and so to have them suddenly appear at camp David it would be quite a shock I guess conferring on them some kind of legitimacy that perhaps one would think they don't deserve well I mean some people would take that view others I think would have welcomed assigned that that that piece might actually be at hand so I mean it it it would cut both ways Sixers a pump halo emphasized a few minutes ago on CNN that the US would hold the Taliban to the promises they make as part of any deal. I guess my question is how can we hold an armed unelected group to their commitments. well I mean it is a commitment so reciprocal and so if they don't fulfill their commitments we don't the Phil Ochs. to me as you see it what this process was about do you feel like it might have been doomed from the start given that the Afghan government was largely excluded. well what was what appeared to be at hand was a preliminary agreement which would have set out a timetable for an American this world it would have been conditioned on the peace process among the Afghan so the intent of the US in negotiating with the Taliban was to open the door to peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government and it was expected to those peace talks would start within a week or two so that's why this is so surprising. in the letter you wrote along with eight other former envoys to the region you expressed real concern about the existing draft deal you said that it did not create the conditions for peace in Afghanistan that foreign forces should stay in the country until the government reached an agreement with the Taliban is no deal at this point better than a week deal. well I. the statement we. the issue was not a statement criticizing the agreement was a statement and cautioning about what was to follow from the agreement so I think we welcomed an agreement which would have led to the beginning of in traffic and talks and we accepted that a. actual drawdown of U. S. troops might have been a worse a price worth paying for achieving that breaks through but we did caution that that of that full withdrawal of US forces should not a car until a peace had been both negotiated and fully implemented now that's not inconsistent with what we know about the agreement that was under negotiation as far as we know the the timetable for the withdrawal of the residual American force was not specified if it had been specified we might have been critical but we we assume that it wasn't specified Sir I must take your temperature on this is canceling the deal in this way via a tweet you know these things are usually secret we've known they've been going on for months but but you know to do it in this manner is that is that usual and also a could have some real ramifications both part of the new normal as president trump said himself apropos of his negotiations with China this is the way I negotiate. which is abrupt alterations in position surprising surprising twists and turns and trying to keep the his negotiating partner off balance so it it's it's it's it's characteristic of a style of negotiation that the president has has manifested ambassador James Dobbins was the US special representative for Afghanistan from twenty thirteen to twenty fourteen thank you so much my pleasure..

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"james dobbins" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

C-SPAN Radio

04:21 min | 2 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"Dobbins you've called that decision. The right idea. Just the wrong time. Explain. I think it was you'll prepared. I think we've got allies in Syria, the Kurdish forces that have been fighting on our behalf against the Islamic state. They've been dying. They've moved into areas that are not Kurdish behest in order to eliminate aspects of the Islamic state, and we're now abandoning their enemies to Turkey and enter the Assad regime. I think that we needed to stay long enough to allow them negotiate some arrangement some motive Ben did allow them to continue to exist to a certain degree of autonomy within a reunited Syria, and which would keep Turkey from overrunning them. The potential here is for a humanitarian disaster in which sixty thousand Kurdish fighters who've been our allies. Our partners are overrun by Turkish forces. Now that may not happen. But the abrupt nature of the decision creates that risk. It also creates a credibility gap for the administration because the president's national security advisor State Department officials have been saying consistently that we're going to stay in Syria as long as Rhonda's that we are conditioning always drawl on rainy in withdrawal from Syria has said repeatedly at the highest levels except by the president and the administration. Now, the president has said that he he gave them six months repeatedly. I question that frankly, I don't think that the national security adviser or others would have gone out with such flat state. Moments that we were going to stay as long as necessary to get the Iranians out of Syria, if they'd been told by this president that they only had six months, James Dobbins is a career diplomat. Former assistant secretary of state worked on foreign policy issues at the White House now with the RAND Corporation here with us this morning to talk with you about the top foreign policy issues of twenty eighteen Steve's up I in searing, Florida, an independent Steve you're on with James Dobbins. James, listen, there's two things that I really wanted to say about this first of all in our trade issues. We've had a buff up the farmers in this country because we can't export soybeans and other products to China now that is a stupid. And I mean, you're paying the farmers because they're losing money. If that issue wasn't available. They would be sending ninety percent of the soybeans back to China. A number two in a declaration of independence. It says that when he takes away China's is invaluable laws concerning trade and goes on unilateralism that was one of the things we fought against with the British crown was to have not one person decide what trade policies what taxi, but we've withdrawing from NAFTA we've withdrawn from the JP we've withdrawn from the Paris. Records. I mean, this is absolutely ridiculous. And this is one thing that soldiers that when we formed this country fought for was to stop this type of abuse catch points. Well, I agree. Trade wars. Everybody loses. Tariffs are tariffs. Paid by the United States are tariffs on Chinese goods and other goods are paid by US consumers. The. The callers right that the constitution establishes, the congress as the proper locale for trade policy, James Dobbins of the RAND Corporation. Joining us earlier today on Washington journal. You're listening to our programming lineup from Sunday on C span radio WCS PFM Washington. We break away. Now is it's time to continue broadcasting rebroadcasting be Sunday network. Tv talk shows here on C span radio WCS PFM Washington. We continue now with ABC's this week this week with George Stephanopoulos.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

C-SPAN Radio

06:16 min | 2 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"New year back next week or I guess should say next year. Because if it's Sunday, it's meet the press. You've been listening to NBC's meet the press C-SPAN radio with their round table guests climate scientists Dr Kate Markle, Craig Fugate. He's former director of FEMA, Michelle, Florida. We co founder of the center for new American security Representative Carlos Cabello, Republican of Florida and Thompson chief environmental affairs correspondent for NBC news. The Sunday shows continue in about fifteen minutes. The Sunday shows continue in about ten minutes time until then a portion of today's Washington journal recorded this morning. Our guest James Dobbins of the RAND Corporation for a discussion on the top foreign policy stories of twenty eighteen we're joined now by longtime career diplomat James Dobbins currently works on security and diplomacy issues at the RAND Corporation, and Mr. Dobbins, do you think we've seen the development of a Trump doctrine in twenty eighteen and if so how would? Did you define the Trump doctrine? I think it's hard to say because. The. The president hasn't been strong on consistency. But if you you'd have to say that he's. Not he's certainly not a globalist. He's not a multinational list, he's not an isolationist bilateralist. He prefers to deal with one country at a time. He's uncomfortable in multilateral settings. He's critical of multilateral organizations, and that tends to limit what he can accomplish has those bilateral negotiations worked this year when it comes to foreign policy. Some have some haven't. So. Clearly, we went through the NAFTA crisis. We were going to pull out of NAFTA. We made some limited changes in the arrangement. And now we're going to stay in assuming congress. Passes. The new the new NAFTA. We're we're still in a confrontation with China. We're still in a confrontation with the European Union. We still have a national security sanctions on allies like like, Germany like. Like Japan like Canada. We're. We're still in a broader competition with China. So I'd say at the moment, most of these bilateral efforts have not succeeded, but you ever been a couple we have a new trade agreement with South Korea, for instance, to very high profile, bilateral summits took place this year that we all watched the one with North Korea and the one in Helsinki with Russian President, Vladimir Putin were they successful. I think the summit was the North Korean was certainly successful in reducing the tensions and the immediate chances of a miscalculation and a catastrophic conflict. I think the jury is still out on whether anything in the longer term has been accomplished. There were promises on both sides. These haven't been fulfilled. In particular, North Korea has not begun to dismantle its nuclear program. Although it has stopped testing. So I have to say that that was a partial success, but a limited success. I think almost the Trump the summit with Putin was almost universally regarded as a catastrophe. We have serious difficulties with Russia. We have some areas where we have potential for cooperation. But unless we address the areas where we have serious differences. We can't possibly move forward on the areas where we have a potentially positive cooperation and the president failed to address those negative aspects of the relationship the year in foreign policy is our topic guesses James Dobbins RAND Corporation. Our phone lines are as usual Republicans two two seven four eight thousand and one Democrats to seven point eight eight thousand independence, two to seven point eight thousand and to give us a call. Let us know what forces a recorded program. New phone calls at this time. Please this morning. Dobbins with us until the bottom of the hour. I want to go to the most recent foreign policy effort by the president his surprise visit to troops in Iraq and his comments there. Here's one of the headlines from ABC news. We're no longer suckers is what president told troops during his first visit to a combat zone. His comments there. Speak to this Trump doctrine that he's trying to develop in his presidency. Yeah. I mean, I think the the. I think he's clearly like Obama before him would like to reduce you commit in the Middle East. Possible. Trump also wants to reduce US commitments in Asia and Europe, which Obama didn't. But certainly in the Middle East. Both of them have wanted to reduce commitments. His language is certainly more abrupt and. Unless. Nuanced in that regard. And I frankly think that it. Denigrates the service and accomplishments of our military to to suggest that they've been duped. The. That they've policies have been deeply miss mistaken. And that their efforts have been for naught. I think that's a mistake you use the term of up to just a second ago. Some saying the president's decision to pull US troops out of Syria was an abrupt decision by the president. Here's the president defending his decision to remove those trips. Iraq..

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"james dobbins" Discussed on WTMA

WTMA

02:00 min | 3 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on WTMA

"And part of the landscape as you describe is that near the pashtoon population needs a leader in fifty percent of afghanistan pakistan and yet i mean fifty percent of afghanistan and yet there are more pashtuns living in pakistan than in afghanistan so it's a large population that spills across this border and it's very important to pakistani outlook that the pashtoons have a role because their part of pakistan as well they're part of the officer corps in the pakistani army so the the pakistanis are advocating for pashtoon participation pashtoon leadership the cia officers who are up in the north of afghanistan which is nonpashtoon are saying what are you waiting for we can take kabul kabul is not pashtoon city these groups are ready to end the war and erotic eight the taliban government and in washington they couldn't make up their minds for a while well then finally kabul feld and pashtoons were not in charge and the international community gathered to choose a new leader and james dobbins was the american diplomat who is in charge of negotiating the new afghan government and what he heard was isi said how about hamid karzai because we think he's a tune and we would be comfortable with them the northern alliance said how about how many cars he's the only pashtoon we know of who we kind of trust because he's a cia guy worked with the cia and he was with us and against the taliban right before september eleventh and the iranians and indians and the russians and everyone just kind of all came together around this one man none of none of them knew him very well but he was somehow symbolic as a compromise and that's how he became the interim leader of afghanistan most shara the president the general who took the coup and make himself this leader of a state that is deeply troubled musharraf has a phrase that you feature in the first part of the.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on WPRO 630AM

WPRO 630AM

02:08 min | 3 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on WPRO 630AM

"His his he was pressured about that it ended up destabilizing pakistan bin laden and his core al qaeda move into pakistan the cities of pakistan we're going to chase them but i want to go back to kabul there is a decision to be made whether kabul is going to be turned over to the northern alliance which is tragic news bag and from the massoud successes in the north masud was killed the day before the attack that's why i've been bin laden killed him because he knew the sued was an offset to the passion power of the south and the passions are what the isi wants to be left in charge karzai is a passion in fact i think a royal passion on dirani passion on roderick the bush administration has a choice to make why did they choose passion knowing the irs is likelihood that they would continue to intervene while they were paralyzed with a paralyzed in debate about this question in the situation room for a number of days as war progressed and part of the landscape as you describe is that near the student population needs a leader in fifty percent of afghanistan two percent of pakistan and yet i mean fifty percent of afghanistan and yet there are more pashtuns living in pakistan than in afghanistan so it's a large population that spills across this border and it's very important to pakistani outlook that the pashtoons have a role because their part of pakistan as well they're part of the officer corps in the pakistani army so the the pakistanis are advocating for pashtoon participation pashtoon leadership the cia officers who are up in the north of afghanistan which is nonpashtoon are saying what are you waiting for we can take kabul kabul is not a pashtoon city these groups are ready to end the war and eradicate the taliban government and in washington they couldn't make up their minds for while well then finally kabul and the pashtoons were not in charge and the international community gathered to choose a new leader and james dobbins was the american diplomat who was in charge of negotiating the.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Starters

The Starters

01:45 min | 3 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Starters

"But i james harden is still the clear i agree and so in the conversations like sure but everyone's playing for second runnerup right now i mean as far as i'm concerned is james dobbins to lose from up he may finish second but he could also fifty six of seven funding yeah all these other guys every said look at these numbers powerball ticket i'm not trying to sell so is it how away what's going on here not a suit besuited difficult to get gloved point that out there i have to win these gangs for everybody has for the team on his back at the out since he got a call from demarcus cousins apparently would demarcus cousins went out he out for several games anthony davis didn't look like himself to markets that just be yourself man and he will get those mvp vote if they make the policies and because the only time he has made the postseason he was fifth an mvp voting in 2015 and also that fall when we have that gm survey were the gms get all the questions who had just started franchise with that same fall basically all the gms picked anthony davis and since then there's some injury concerns but these last couple of years injury concerns are got enemy of israel she looks like a superstar knock on wood i am with you though elite harden is he's going to run away i think ultimately with the mvp but in the conversation yeah i think class come in the next year he doesn't make the postseason yeah this is an alex rodriguez situation pressure i final one here bummer lose out of minnesota where over the weekend jimmy butler suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee on friday that had surgery to fix it on sunday seamus that he's out indefinitely but there are reports will be back sometime this season tim rules haven't made the playoffs this two thousand four so to false wolves playoff chances are in jeopardy without jimmy butler oh in jeopardy what you think i'm gonna say they're still gonna make your but they are in jeopardy okay.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Starters

The Starters

01:45 min | 3 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Starters

"But i james harden is still the clear i agree and so in the conversations like sure but everyone's playing for second runnerup right now i mean as far as i'm concerned is james dobbins to lose from up he may finish second but he could also fifty six of seven funding yeah all these other guys every said look at these numbers powerball ticket i'm not trying to sell so is it how away what's going on here not a suit besuited difficult to get gloved point that out there i have to win these gangs for everybody has for the team on his back at the out since he got a call from demarcus cousins apparently would demarcus cousins went out he out for several games anthony davis didn't look like himself to markets that just be yourself man and he will get those mvp vote if they make the policies and because the only time he has made the postseason he was fifth an mvp voting in 2015 and also that fall when we have that gm survey were the gms get all the questions who had just started franchise with that same fall basically all the gms picked anthony davis and since then there's some injury concerns but these last couple of years injury concerns are got enemy of israel she looks like a superstar knock on wood i am with you though elite harden is he's going to run away i think ultimately with the mvp but in the conversation yeah i think class come in the next year he doesn't make the postseason yeah this is an alex rodriguez situation pressure i final one here bummer lose out of minnesota where over the weekend jimmy butler suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee on friday that had surgery to fix it on sunday seamus that he's out indefinitely but there are reports will be back sometime this season tim rules haven't made the playoffs this two thousand four so to false wolves playoff chances are in jeopardy without jimmy butler oh in jeopardy what you think i'm gonna say they're still gonna make your but they are in jeopardy okay.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

01:46 min | 3 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"A conspiracy theory and once he started enunciating this then americans would go to him and say you know mr president you've got all of the snowden records you've got all the wikileaks records can you see any mention of this design ammunition colonial project colonial projects that this this guy named james dobbins has this conversation with him in 2013 him mr president look at all these records can you see anything of this kind he says maybe you don't know about the plan there is a deep stated america so you could be unfounded he's now president trump is promising to freeze over a billion dollars in aid to pakistan this decision came shortly after he tweeted that pakistan had quote given us nothing but lies and deceit and had provided a safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in afghanistan his his basic assessment of the situation more or less correct it's very easy to sympathise with his decision to withhold aid given pakistani conduct pakistani conduct is more complex than his tweet suggests they will also arrested a lot of al qaeda leaders they've provided a lot of intelligence support just not about the taliban but yes i think i can understand that decision the difficulty is that there have been other attempts to use sanctions to change pakistan's conduct and none of them at work and the scale of our aid now is less significant than it was five years ago when and if pales in comparison to what china's doing in pakistan hit again for sending more troops yet again we're sending more troops i mean this is the the contradiction and that recurs alongside the blindness about isi and the narrative which is new generals go out to.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

The Rubin Report

01:59 min | 4 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

"Um and you know problems problems that are crises that are postponed often just go away no you know we postponed a crisis with the soviet union for forty years and it and then away right so we shall see on this one yet but let's shift to north korea a little bit uh we just did a show on north korea with michael malice he's a an author and journalist who uh i spent some time there um but i do sense that people really don't know too much about north korea understand the the actors and everything that's going on here whoa what's the sort of simplest way you can describe the regime and and how they behave well it's very personalize regime it's a family regime you are now in the third generation of leaders um it it's isolated it's uh it's highly authoritarian it's brutal it it has no democratic legitimacy or at it and it and it makes no effort to achieve it hit it governs by intimidation propaganda um uh and uh it's uh a national security state um it sees itself as beleaguered it is beleaguered largely as a result of its own behavior uh it it believes that south korea wants it to go away wants to reunify korea which of course it does um so to north korea on a unify korea um uh it believes that the united states is a is a hostile and bent on regime change which in a sense we are i mean any we want to change walt authoritarian regimes in a very generalised way but we're not actively you know the mounting a campaign to overthrow.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

The Rubin Report

02:05 min | 4 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

"Uh and need to uh continue to support a a modest expression of their aspirations which is to create an autonomous zone something like what exists in in turkey i'm sorry in iraq where they can continue to govern themselves within a syrian federation uh but with a great deal of local autonomy i think that's the best they can get um uh if they push it beyond that they all have their unite syria iraq uh and turkey against them and we're not going to be able to protect them is that the inherent problem of this that telling them well this is all you can have all you can have is this semiautonomous place in iraq even though there's plenty of you in turkey and syria and iran that while i can understand it from a diplomatic position why that makes sense that that just simply may not be enough for those people it may not i mean we face this when yugoslavia broke up beginning and uh uh in uh just that in uh in the late 90s and are actually in the early nineties under george hw bush zhang and and the dilemma was that if it broke up it was going to be violent um and yet it was going to break up so your your policy choices were to acknowledge the inevitable and acquiesce in it and share responsibility for the resultant carnage or oppose it avoid responsibility you still have the resulting carnage been rescue are responsible for encourage it it didn't endorse it right millions of people were going to really dispossessed hundreds of thousands who are going to be killed did you want to endorse that or did you want to oppose it and the answer is we normally want to oppose it now the question is can you oppose it effectively enough to prevent it right that's hard that's expensive but opposing it enough to just say not our fault now that's easy.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

The Rubin Report

01:42 min | 4 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

"Uh and uh finding a way to live together is almost always uh uh a better solution and uh and and and one that's less likely to generate conflict death migration and uh and the pressures that brings on the international system so i mean our arpu our position is clear on on northern iraq which that that is to say kurdish iraq which is we don't want an independent kurdistan uh the iraqi constitution creates a framework for them to bargain with the government including even bargaining potentially a a peaceful breakup of the country as czechoslovakia broken to czech republicand slovakia without any violence but i have to pursue that path um and that uh uh and that a violent breakup a break up against the constitution that we helped right um uh is is going to lead to just further uh chaos in the region do we have a policy related to the to the rest of the kurds so i i understand thing though i mean either k r in iraq and syria the syrian kurds are maoist communists which nobody reports i because they're fighting the islamic state uh air all hello there are also uh associated with the pkk which is the terrorist movement in of kurds in turkey that are fighting the turkish government uh but they've been reliable and very capable allies in the fight against the islamic state uh and so we owe them a debt and uh and uh and and i think have.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

The Rubin Report

01:45 min | 4 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

"A couple of times you mentioned the kurds i i think the the plight of the kurds is one of the most sort of under reported stories they just had a vote this week as we're taping this just a few days ago on on statehood i think it was something like ninety five percent said yes but people don't seem to understand that their sort of caught in between turkey and iraq and syria and that they are an ethnic minority trying to figure out what their actual land in country can be what what is our policy related to the kurds it's it's hard to tell well i mean they're the kurds are it distributed pretty evenly between turkey iran iraq and syria there are a minority in all of those countries uh they they of course like to unite and create a country their own but that means carving up four other countries and and there's not much enthusiasm about that so uh i think the what the kurds in iraq had achieved which is a high degree of autonomy they had their own army uh they had a considerable control over their own resources a was about the best that they could expect and anything more radical was going to be opposed by these other countries largely because of the pressing it would set for their own kirch uh i think we've learned um again and again uh the breakup of yugoslavia being the first postwar example that the breakingup is hard to um uh that that it's costly that it involves populate it unwilling population transfers ethnic cleansing even genocide um populations are intermixed to the degree that there's no clear separations.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

The Rubin Report

01:47 min | 4 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

"Uh worked with the uh the regime to crush a similar shia insurgency that was accorded by iran and so both of those insurgencies were crushed you did have some equillibrium between the kurdish the shia and sunni uh polities within that society that achieved a certain equilibrium uh a a significant american continued role was probably necessary to counterbalance iranian influence to continue to professionalize the israel the iraqi security forces and to provide leverage to sustain that delicate and difficult balance among the groups and our decision to leave withdrew that element of stability and the situation deteriorated so yes but i mean it it was different in the sense that that that we had put you know he had gone all in and uh with a one hundred and seventy thousand troops and a major campaign to suppress the uh both of the extremist uh the shia and sunni extremists in the country and established its writing equillibrium in syria it's a little different i mean we've supported these the insurgence against the regime but we didn't support them enough we were giving them just enough aid to continue the war but not enough to win it it's interesting because it's sort of hearkens back to where he started with about the consumer uh continuity between administrations because if i remember correctly so when obama was running against hillary as the democratic nominees back then two thousand seven that one of the things that he was really hitting her on was she was saying we're going to have to stay in iraq a little bit longer and he basically was saying we're getting out we're getting out we're getting out which in effect is what he did.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

The Rubin Report

01:42 min | 4 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

"Um probably maintaining a a small us presence in that protected zone the kurds and used for a while until the kurds and the regime come to some understanding about limited autonomy for their region and beginning reconstruction tied to genuine elections not at national level you're not going to get rid of assad but local elections provide say we will provide assistance to any city or town that holds a local election and has a democraticallyelected local council who can help guide the reconstruction and we'll do a town by town based on criteria as to whether this a representative balance local local council there and uh and try to build a new generation of leadership bottom up and use the reconstruction assistance from the international community more broadly as a lever to add to to promote gradual and change within it within a system it's going to be dominated by assad for the foreseeable future yeah is that in effect what we did in iraq before we pulled out i mean there was they were actual democratic elections there there was some local control that was good we saw some some seeds of liberalism popping up and then and then we left and and it's probably worst certainly worse now than it was at that point is that in effect what we did there well i mean we eat it was a little different in the sense that we uh that in his second term bush surged american troops into iraq crushed the the insurgency which was an alqaedalinked to surgency.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

The Rubin Report

02:27 min | 4 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

"It's obviously situation develops i think in two thousand twelve we should have intervened on the part of an opposition force which was legitimate which was democratic which was moderate in which was winning guy i think today the situation is very different i think today the quicker the war is over the better for us we don't like the fact that iran and russia have influenced the best way of diminishing their influences diminish the need for assad to depend on them so getting the war over allowing assad to prevail is probably the fastest way it doesn't eliminate russian a syrian influence but it will certainly diminish it as you become less dependent uh i think that we're moving toward a at least an interim equillibrium in which you have a u u s protected zone in the east of the country where the kurds are operating you have a turkish protected zone in the north of the country which is separating the two kurdish enclaves you have a protected zone in the south of the country needs the israeli border which the russians the us the jordanians in the israelis have worked out which again creates a zone of tranquility if you will and then assad basically consolidates his hold over the rest um and uh and then the question is uh what what's the next step that this will be an interim a low of what low violence situation uh some some people are already going back the outflow the inflows into syria are now slightly morial any outflows but sales people who actually left the country because of the war actually starting to combat summer really limited numbers of any of those like i don't know the exact number but like millions and abroad and tens of thousands are coming back so i mean even that something uh uh so i mean i think you know the the the main instrument we will have to influence the course of syria is whether we provide or withhold we've i mean the the international community europe the united states the gulf states saudi arabia the world bank the imf do we provide or withhold reconstruction assistance and what can we get for it um so i think you know consolidating an interim ceasefire in the country along the current battlelines.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

The Rubin Report

02:10 min | 4 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on The Rubin Report

"Wanted steady experienced people in the national security arena didn't hire ideologues as a rule didn't hire people was strong uh contrast contrary heart opinions in that uh quickly move bannon and out of the national security council because he wanted that source of stability uh probably because he understands that there are consequences for going too far but it but clearly that that's only serve one poll if you will of his approach and the other poll is this more instinct jewel um uh it ought to say impulsive uh behavior based on a a lifetime of experience and a different kind of negotiating environment the reuben report is brought to you by audible if you've been listening to the ribbon report for a while you know that saying i'm a huge sifi fan is a massive understatement i can really pretty much anything back to star wars and i think i might be living in the alternate reality of total recall but my favorite real earthling is the great carl sagan if you're listening to my favorite book contact by carl sagan on audible you'd feel things like the air raising on the back of your neck or a shiver down your spine even without jodie foster matthew mcconnahey trust me the book is always better with an audible sigh five performance so powerful you can feel transported to another dimension even while sitting in traffic start a thirty day trial end your first audible book is free learn more at audible dot com slash rubin that's audible dot com slash rubin durban report is brought to you by away first class luggage at a coach price with my insane travel schedule lately he was time to invest in a new sturdy carry on i bought in a way bag even before they sponsored the show and i'm so glad that i did away offers to carry on size bags perfect for the lightweight traveler or the chronic over packer both carryon siser comply with all major us airlines but most importantly they're able to charger cell phones tablets even readers or anything else that's powered by a usp court i'll never run out of battery to tweet my airport musings and you'll never have your phone die while you're binging on rubin report episodes.

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"james dobbins" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:26 min | 4 years ago

"james dobbins" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Real knowledge of the situation in pakistan we we have lost a we used to have some influence amount taleban and that is why we we were suggesting that these should we brought to the table and they should renegotiation on on whatever it is happening in afghanistan but over the years we have lost control or influence go on on taleban there are other countries in the region who have perhaps more influence on taliban than us actually all all the taliban's have gone baxter's almost everybody in the in the region will we do not have read one monopolize this relationship not former envoy to afghanistan james dobbins has said today they view it as a monster they've created but khan to four to suppress cleared let let let's talk about creating monsters most of these monsters which are did in our country are in in in this whole region would created by by irib back in the 80s by a brock's you all reach will were fighting on behalf of medicals this is the legacy of those days this is the baggage mediate richer boxed on and the whole region is getting from the wall which was swamped against soviet union this would let let let's talk talk about this under the that that did i called the difficulty pakistan has hair though is it that it's not just the united states we also have a situation where the bricks countries brazil russia india china and south africa have all signed a declaration which names pakistanbased organizations light lashkaritaiba and jyle share muhammad and and said is that day that condemns terror attacks and says those committed organizing all supporting such acts must be held accountable dear information is not complete if not i learnt to use the word wrong but the your information is not complete this statement which came out of briggs was signed by box on in the last year out of for ambrus said the the heart of asia conference which took place the number so we signed this statement ourselves so defensemen and and the other in the jaffna god save we rejected the declaration you're saying you was signed it but your own defense minister said we reject the declaration that the brakes on these are the.

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