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October 16, 2012

Light Blogging

Blogging will be light for the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are some interesting new releases on the Middle East that you may enjoy: The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran by Ali Ansar…

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September 13, 2013

Political Transitions
You Might Have Missed: Syria, Drones, Gender Citation Gap

Contracts: Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense, September 12, 2013. General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a $12,844,738 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the …

14-year-old Syrian fighter

November 7, 2013

United States
This Week: Iranian Negotiations, Syrian CW Dismantlement, and Israeli-Palestinian Squabbling

Significant Developments Iran. Nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 countries and Iran began today in Geneva with participants voicing optimism that a deal could be reached within days. A senior U…

Iranian and international negotiators in Geneva November 7, 2013 (Balibouse/Courtesy Reuters).

December 6, 2013

Intelligence
You Might Have Missed: Snowden, Homeland Security, and Drone Strikes

Karen Parrish, “Hagel Arrives in Bahrain for Speech at Dialogue,” American Forces Press Service, December 5, 2013. Hagel noted during a press conference yesterday that even as it focuses more attent…

Ipsos Reuters Poll

October 22, 2013

Myanmar
Disillusionment in Myanmar?

Last week, a string of bombings rocked Myanmar, killing at least one person and hitting targets ranging from the northeast to downtown Yangon. So far, the government has arrested eight men in conjunc…

Myanmar's Police Chief Zaw Win speaks at a news conference about the recent bomb blasts around the country, at the Yangon Division government office in Yangon on October 18, 2013. (Soe Zeya Tun/Courtesy Reuters)

February 21, 2014

Intelligence
You Might Have Missed: U.S.-China Relations, Olympics, and Intelligence Assessments

Rear Admiral John Kirby, “Department of Defense Press Briefing with Rear Admiral Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room,” Department of Defense, February 20, 2014. Q:  I’d like to ask you about this Hu…

Russia Olympic Flags

January 17, 2014

Global Governance
The Need for a True Foreign Policy of the Internet

Below is a guest post by Karen Kornbluh, Senior Fellow for Digital Policy. Debate in the United States regarding the Snowden revelations of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance has focused on…

German Chancellor Merkel uses a Nokia slide mobile during a session of the lower house of parliament the Bundestag in Berlin

May 23, 2014

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: One Year After Obama’s Drone Speech

Harold Hongju Koh, “Ending the Forever War: One Year After President Obama’s NDU Speech,” JustSecurity.org, May 23, 2014. The President’s historic move in that speech was to call for the eventual re…

Obama NDU speech

April 24, 2012

Heads of State and Government
Is Oil Shale the Next Big Energy Battle?

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing last week titled “Tapping America’s Unconventional Oil Resources for Job Creation and Affordable Domestic Energy: Technology & Pol…

July 25, 2014

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones in Iraq, U.S.-China, and Hackers

David Cenciotti, “Armed U.S. Predator Drone Appears Over Iraq,” Aviationist, July 25, 2014. Allegedly filmed in the skies over Anbar, south of Mosul, in Iraq, the video below shows what clearly seem…