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The Less Things Change...

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

It's been a year since Obama's big speech about reforming the U.S. targeted killing program. Here are 10 things about the forever war that have hardly budged at all.

See more in United States; Drones

Why No One Is Buying the Air Force’s Argument To Ditch the A-10

Author: Janine Davidson
Defense One

Janine Davidson evaluates the heated, often emotional discussion surrounding the Air Force's decision to retire the A-10 Warthog. She argues that the A-10 debate speaks to larger issues surrounding the future of close air support, and that—while there are good arguments to divest from the A-10—the Air Force has so far done a poor job communicating them.

See more in United States; Defense Technology

The U.S. Needs to Modi-fy Its India Policy

Author: Alyssa Ayres
ForeignPolicy.com

Modi's past, coupled with concerns among the Indian and global human rights community, presents challenges for U.S. engagement. But the U.S. relationship with India is too important to allow drift to set in. Washington should meet Modi on pragmatic ground, and reframe the relationship in practical terms of mutually beneficial cooperation.

See more in India; Diplomacy and Statecraft

Beijing’s Actions in the South China Sea Demand a U.S. Response

Authors: Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael A. Levi
Washington Post
The China National Overseas Oil Coorporation (CNOOC) began drilling in Vietnamese-claimed waters late last week, accompanied by more than seventy vessels, including armed Chinese warships. Elizabeth Economy and Michael Levi write that the United States needs to face up to the full magnitude of the Chinese challenge to have any hope of successfully confronting it.

See more in China; Vietnam; Territorial Disputes; Oil

Why Aren’t Sanctions Stopping Putin?

Author: Meghan L. O'Sullivan
The Daily Beast

The West is threatening another round of sanctions against Russia in an effort to deter meddling in the May 25 presidential elections in Ukraine. The Obama administration and its allies are placing high hopes in the ability of sanctions to sway Russian actions and generally contest Russia's annexation of Crimea and meddling in the Ukraine.

See more in Russian Federation; International Organizations and Alliances