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Binghamton University Professor: Obama’s Legacy at Stake in Campaign Against ISIS

President Barack Obama admitted in a recent interview on 60 Minutes that America underestimated the threat posed by ISIS. According to Ricardo René Larémont, Binghamton University professor of political science and sociology, and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, the U.S. underestimated the capacity of ISIS, and Obama’s legacy played a factor. “It’s important to recognize that the president has an orientation in terms of what kind of legacy he wants to leave, and that legacy was one of exiting from Iraq and exiting from Afghanistan,” said Laremont. “Returning to the region really wasn’t something that was part of his endgame.” Laremont thinks that Obama has turned because he's again thinking of his legacy, but that he will only go as far as to deploy air assets and use special forces in the region for the foreseeable future. “In the optimal world, he wouldn’t have to go there at all," said Laremont. "In a suboptimal world, he has to return because if something were to happen between now and January 2016, Americans would ask, ‘Well, why didn’t you do anything?’ So he’s found a middle place between total disengagement -- or trying to attempt to disengage -- and Bush’s full engagement.”

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Newswise: Keeping the peace
Released: 14-Jun-2021 5:55 PM EDT
Keeping the peace
Washington University in St. Louis

New research from Washington University in St. Louis sheds light on how — and in what context — peacekeepers can contain the spread of violence in fragile post-conflict areas.

Released: 8-Jun-2021 12:45 PM EDT
2021 Gov Race is Currently Murphy’s to Lose
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Governor Phil Murphy currently has a clear path to reelection victory, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Newswise: Political science professors sign statement warning of threats to US democracy
Released: 8-Jun-2021 12:10 PM EDT
Political science professors sign statement warning of threats to US democracy
University of Notre Dame

Five University of Notre Dame professors who specialize in different areas of democracy studies recently signed a strong statement of concern issued by the think tank New America warning of the serious threats to democracy in the U.S.

Released: 7-Jun-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Murphy’s Pandemic-High Ratings Ease; High Marks on Handling of the Pandemic Continue, Taxes Still a Sore Spot
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

– More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Murphy’s once-skyrocketing ratings have now returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.


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