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New Threat to Afghan Security

New Threat to Afghan Security

A deadly series of suicide bombings in Afghanistan raises fears militants are adopting tactics from the Iraqi insurgency. The attacks put the spotlight on the Afghan army—which is growing in size and effectiveness—and recently expanded NATO efforts to maintain security in the nation.

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Iran's nuclear gambit rumbles on, with an emergency meeting of the IAEA now scheduled for February 2. Efforts by Tehran to avoid referral to the UN Security Council are being rebuffed by Europe and the United States, who meanwhile are seeking to assure a nervous Russia that no confrontation is imminent.

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ACLU v. National Security Agency

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought this lawsuit against the National Security Agency "for violating the U.S. Constitution. The illegal NSA spying program authorized by President Bush just after September 11, 2001, allows the NSA to intercept vast quantities of the international telephone and Internet communications of innocent Americans without court approval."

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The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, proposes sending a high-level team of Americans to the Ethiopia/Eritrea border to help settle the simmering border conflict there. Eritrea objects to the mission, questioning its legality and saying it would only accept rulings that forced Ethiopia to accept a border agreed to in peace talks after the last war.

See more in Ethiopia; Peacekeeping; Eritrea

Transatlantic Approaches to International Law (PDF)

Author: John Bellinger

Essay by John Bellinger, legal adviser to the U.S. secretary of state, based on a presentation he delivered to the Atlantic Council at a November 2005 workshop regarding Transatlantic Approaches to the International Legal Regime in an Age of Globalization and Terrorism.

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The Iraq Syndrome

Author: John Mueller

Public support for the war in Iraq has followed the same course as it did for the wars in Korea and Vietnam: broad enthusiasm at the outset with erosion of support as casualties mount. The experience of those past wars suggests that there is nothing President Bush can do to reverse this deterioration -- or to stave off an "Iraq syndrome" that could inhibit U.S. foreign policy for decades to come.

See more in History and Theory of International Relations; Iraq