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November 22, 2016

Cybersecurity
server Thinking About Long-Term Cybersecurity: A Conversation With Steven Weber and Betsy Cooper

I had a fascinating conversation with Professor Steven Weber and Dr. Betsy Cooper of the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC). We discussed several scenarios that CLTC developed that…

October 10, 2014

China
ebola response sign Pathetic International Response to Ebola Thus Far

Ebola is not showing the international community at its best. Even as Ebola panic seems to be spreading internationally, with possible new cases in Macedonia and the Czech Republic and Ebola deaths i…

December 6, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
President Nelson Mandela will celebrate his 80th birthday on July 18. Nelson Mandela and American Hopes

In an Expert’s Brief I published yesterday, I reflected on Nelson Mandela’s achievements as the father of the democratic, non-racial South Africa that replaced the odious and repressive apartheid sta…

December 11, 2013

Military Operations
RPA Pilots Guest Post: The Humans Behind Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Priscilla Kim is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.S. Air Force trains more remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilots than traditional fighter and…

June 6, 2013

United States
Drone Refining the Obama Administration’s Drone Strike Narrative

Last night, NBC News ran an extremely rare story that aptly challenged the veracity of U.S. government claims about the precision of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. Part of the title used by NBC was m…

June 14, 2013

A pedestrian walks through a Memorial Day display of American flags on the Boston Common (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters). Happy Flag Day!

  Happy Flag Day everyone. Two hundred and thirty-six years ago today, the Second Continental Congress adopted the design that became the American flag. So Happy Birthday, Stars and Stripes! Here a…

February 24, 2012

Iran
Road Warriors Face an Uphill Battle Road Warriors Face an Uphill Battle

Gasoline prices are the talk of the town right now. Lots of stories are circulating about where prices are on a historical basis and what this summer might bring. $4 a gallon? $5? Some have predicted…

October 28, 2011

From L-R, former President George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES) Friday File: Do Presidents Matter in Foreign Policy?

Former president George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former president Bill Clinton and former president Jimmy Carter (not shown) meet in the Oval Office on Janua…

June 14, 2011

American flags seen at the Washington Monument. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) TWE Remembers: Happy Flag Day!

American flags seen at the Washington Monument. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Happy Flag Day everyone. Two hundred and thirty-four years ago today, the Second Continental Congress adopted the de…

August 13, 2011

Elections and Voting
Texas Governor Rick Perry delivers remarks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 11, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Campaign 2012: Hello Rick Perry, GOP Presidential Candidate

Texas Governor Rick Perry delivers remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)  For seventeen of the past forty-eigh…