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October 21, 2014

Human Rights
The Future of Human Dignity—and Human Rights

For decades the global debate over human rights has been a dialogue of the deaf. This interminable argument pits advocates of civil and political rights against proponents of economic and social righ…

A Roma boy pumps water in the slum of Tiszavasvari, east of Budapest, Hungary, on September 26, 2014.

June 14, 2014

United States
Birthday Wishes to the United States Army!

Doughboy. GI. Grunt. Dogface. Warrior. Whatever term you prefer, if you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday. The United St…

Army-Birthday-Soldiers-Salu

July 29, 2013

United States
Recommended Reading For the Fall Semester

A friend who teaches U.S. foreign policy at a public policy school asked me for a few reading recommendations for the fall semester. Specifically, she requested books or reports written in the past a…

Books

October 24, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Is the West Helping Kenya on Somalia?

The New York Times quotes a Kenyan military spokesman as saying “one of the partners” supported the recent Kenyan air strikes that killed some al-Shabaab militants in Somalia. In the aftermath of Lib…

April 26, 2012

United States
The Pentagon’s Threat Smorgasbord

Last week, while discussing U.S. military planning for the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned, “No question we’re within an inch of war almost every day in that part of the wo…

Panetta Buffet

December 1, 2011

The World Next Week: Can the EU Rescue Itself?

European national flags outside of the EU Parliament in Brussels. (Francois Lenoir/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Sebastian Mallaby kindly sat in for me this week. He and Bob M…

European national flags outside of the EU Parliament in Brussels. (Francois Lenoir/courtesy Reuters)

August 18, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Guest Post: Bollyky on Tobacco and Trade

  Jagdish, a thirty-two-year-old daily wage laborer, smokes a cigarette while working at a timber market in Mumbai on June 7, 2011. (Danish Siddiqui/courtesy Reuters)   President Obama…

Jagdish, a 32-year-old daily wage labourer, smokes a cigarette while working at a a timber market in Mumbai June 7, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

June 22, 2011

Ten Whats With...Col. Gian Gentile

Colonel Gian Gentile. Courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations. This is the first installment of an occasional series for Politics, Power, and Preventive Action (3PA): “Ten Whats With….”  In ea…

Ten Whats With...Col. Gian Gentile

March 4, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Newt Gingrich, GOP Presidential Candidate?

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) Someone had to go first. So Newt Gingrich did. While the other major …

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual CPAC meeting in Washington