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October 9, 2006

United States
Stephen Jen, Eternal optimist

Apparently, the US fiscal deficit is set to disappear and the US current account deficit has peaked.  At least it has in Stephen Jen-land.  In his latest email Jen writes: “US’s corporate revenues ar…

December 24, 2010

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Guest Post: After New START

My good friend and former CFR colleague Jim Goldgeier has graciously agreed to share his thoughts on what the Obama administration should do next now that it has pocketed its victory on New START. Ji…

June 14, 2011

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 …

Army Birthday 2011

September 14, 2011

Defense and Security
Deficit Reduction Update

Congressional Budget Office Director, Doug Elmendorf, testifies before the first hearing of the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing on September 13, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Thr…

Congressional Budget Office Director, Douglas Elmendorf, begins his testimony before the first hearing of the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 13, 2011. The panel has the job of finding at least $1.2 trillion in government budget savings over the next decade. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)

December 13, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Gingrich and Huntsman Debate

Republican presidential candidates Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich hold up sweatshirts they received after their Lincoln-Douglas-style debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire on Dece…

Jon Huntsman (L) and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, hold up sweatshirts given to them as gifts following their Lincoln-Douglas style debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

April 27, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: China, Air Power, and Bahrain’s Democracy Deficit

Background Briefing on the U.S. Military Realignment in Japan, April 26, 2012. QUESTION: And then how this [US-Japan security agreement] fits into the emerging strategic view of this building that r…

Woman running Sudan

April 9, 2012

United States
America’s Role in Reducing Violence in Central America

A casual observer of world events might believe that interstate wars, civil wars, and terrorism, given the prominence of media coverage, are the primary causes of violent deaths. In fact, of the esti…

Guatemala crime scene

April 11, 2012

Defense and Security
Lessons Learned: General MacArthur’s Dismissal

A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss President Harry Truman’s announcement on April 11, 1951, that he had dismissed General Douglas MacArthur as commanding general o…

August 14, 2012

Preventing Renewed Violence in Iraq

As the civil war in Syria intensifies and forecasts of an Israeli strike on Iran mount (yet again), it would be an understatement to say that the Obama administration’s Middle East team is perpetuall…

Iraq border guard

October 16, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: The Executive Committee of the National Security Council (Cuban Missile Crisis)

One of the first decisions that President John F. Kennedy made when he learned of the Soviet missiles in Cuba was to assemble a small group of senior administration officials to give him advice. That…

President John F. Kennedy meets with members of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (ExCom) regarding the crisis in Cuba on October 29, 1962.  (Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)