Category Archives: U.S. Foreign Policy

Wake Up Detroit; Or Why Can’t Wait Any Longer

President Obama heads to Ohio today (see: crucial electoral state) to tour a Crystler plant and most likely speak about American ingenuity and innovation. This will coincide nicely with the release of a government jobs report, which will probably show that … Continue reading

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Pandering

Takeaways from yesterday’s speech: 1. After years of pursuing a strategy based on pragmatism, the President  elevated enhancing democratic reforms and strengthening human rights to a US core priority for the region. This, to me, is the most critical portion … Continue reading

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In Review: How Wars End

If, like myself and many others, you find the questions surrounding the beginning of conflict very confusing and opaque, than I recommend picking up How Wars End authored by former Clinton National Security Council member, and current editor of Foreign Affairs, Gideon … Continue reading

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Fiscal Austerity and American Power

Although the campaign-like phrase “this next decade will shape the future of America,” is said too often to retain its impact, I think with regards to the U.S. defense and diplomacy initiatives of the twenty-first century, it is an inherent … Continue reading

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That Other War

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made an unannounced visit in Baghdad this past week to speak about the future of the 50,000 or so US-led coalition forces still stationed in Iraq. The “Agreement Between the United States of America and … Continue reading

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The Heavyweights Weigh In

I would urge you to read today’s op-ed by two former Secretaries of State, Henry Kissinger and James Baker, on the military intervention in Libya. I would say this is the closest piece, out of those I’ve read anyway, to … Continue reading

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Is it ever worth it?

Charles Homans, who covers the wikileaks beat for FP, asks a good question in today’s column: Was supporting Saleh worth it? In the past few months, as the arab spring movement blossomed across the region, many analysts assessed that Saleh … Continue reading

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Always Be Closing

One important story that is likely to be crowded out by the tenuous shutdown talks is the visit of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to Washington, DC today to meet with Secretary of State Clinton and key Congressional leaders. The visit comes … Continue reading

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Again and Again and Again

Libyan rebels, who have apparently shipped off $106 million worth of oil this week, are calling on NATO to step up the air raids against regime military positions. Apparently regime forces have positioned equipment, trucks, personnel and tanks, in largely civilian … Continue reading

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Why Syria Matters (cont.)

Glad to see a senior Vice President of the U.S. Institute for Peace has the same thoughts as I do, if not clearer, better written, and a few days late. My thoughts are that an Iranian-Hezbollah-HAMAS relationship could endure the … Continue reading

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