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September 18, 2012

Defense and Security
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 65th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 65 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the Air Force, officially founding a …

F-16 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation over the Hudson River in New York. (Eduardo Munoz/ courtesy Reuters)

September 21, 2012

International Organizations
Obama’s Balancing Act With the Muslim World

Today CFR.org interviewed me about the upcoming opening of the UN General Assembly. One particularly interesting question that Bernard Gwertzman, the CFR consulting editor, asked me, revolved around …

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Grand Hall of Cairo University

September 7, 2012

Defense and Security
Foreign Policy and Campaign 2012

CFR.org just posted an interview I did with former New York Times correspondent Bernard Gwertzman looking at the role foreign policy will likely play in the remaining two months of the presidential c…

President Obama waves as he arrives to address delegates at the Democratic National Convention. (Jason Reed/ courtesy Reuters)

June 25, 2012

What Morsi’s Win Means for Egypt

Following yesterday’s historic announcement that Mohamed Morsi had won Egypt’s first competitive presidential election, I discussed the implications of this development with former New York Times dip…

Muslim Brotherhood's president-elect Mohamed Morsi speaks during his first televised address to the nation at the Egyptian Television headquarters in Cairo on June 24, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

May 15, 2012

Implications of Israel’s New National Unity Government

Israel’s political landscape was just redrawn last week with the surprise agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima party head Shaul Mofaz to form a new government rather than ho…

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and newly appointed vice premier Shaul Mofaz attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on May 13, 2012 (Oded Balilty/Courtesy Reuters).

January 12, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Syria’s Future and the Arab League

Yesterday I discussed the violence, instability, and political developments in Syria with CFR.org’s Bernard Gwertzman, a former New York Times diplomatic correspondent and foreign editor. It’s curren…

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad addresses his supporters during a surprise appearance at a rally in Umayyad Square in Damascus on January 11, 2012 (Wael Hmedan/Courtesy Reuters).

November 3, 2011

Accelerating Palestinian UN Diplomacy and Its Consequences

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas holds up a letter to United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon requesting Palestinian statehood at the 66th United Nations General Assembly at UN head…

Accelerating Palestinian UN Diplomacy and Its Consequences

January 3, 2012

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Does Iowa Matter?

Governor Rick Perry points at the Iowa state flag during a campaign event in December, 2011 (John Gress/courtesy Reuters). Last week I sat down with veteran reporter and CFR.org consulting editor Be…

Governor Rick Perry points at the Iowa state flag during a campaign event in December, 2011 (John Gress/courtesy Reuters).

October 21, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Super Committee Has Thirty-Three Days

A pigeon sits on a clock in Frankfurt. (Alex Domanski/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The super committee now has a bit more than a month to strike a long-term deficit reduction deal. I’m skeptica…

A pigeon sits on a clock in front of the Frankfurt stock exchange, August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: ANIMALS)

June 24, 2011

United States
Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

Rebels fighters are reflected on a side mirror at the front line in Ajdabiyah June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I have been a critic of the U…

Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention