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February 27, 2013

Defense and Security
Panetta Goodbye Leon Panetta’s Legacy

On August 4, 2011, six weeks into his tenure as secretary of defense, Leon Panetta gave his first press briefing at the Pentagon. After briefly commenting on the impressive civilian and military lead…

October 17, 2014

Conflict Prevention
Panetta Book What Leon Panetta’s Memoir Says About Drone Strikes

Leon Panetta, Worthy Fights (New York, NY: Penguin Press, 2014), pp. 388-391. But the singular preoccupation with drones distracts from the larger context of the struggle we are waging. Yes, the Uni…

February 4, 2013

Defense and Security
Panetta Leon Panetta Reflects on U.S. Drone Strikes

In a series of farewell interviews over the past three days, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made some interesting observations about drone strikes. As the director of the Central Intelligence Agen…

December 3, 2011

Iran
Panetta’s Dangerous Mistake

Secretary of Defense Panetta addressed the Saban Forum, the annual meeting of Israeli and American journalists, officials, and former officials, on Friday evening. What he said is no mystery; why he …

October 5, 2011

Israel
Panetta and Israel Panetta and Israel

U.S. Secretary of Defence Panetta speaks during a joint news conference with Israel's Defence Minister Barak in Tel Aviv (Courtesy REUTERS/Jack Guez/Pool). En route to the Middle East this week…

April 12, 2018

Digital Policy
Zuck Cyber Week in Review: April 13, 2018

This week: Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress, internet connections severed in West Africa, and Germany and the United Kingdom call out Russian cyber operations. 

April 11, 2018

West Africa
Nigeria-ECOWAS-Buhari-Headquarters-Abuja China to Build New ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and China have signed a memorandum of understanding in which Beijing will fund and build a new ECOWAS headquarters building in Abuja, Nigeria.

March 28, 2018

International Law
U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton speaks at the UN headquarters in New York on November 11, 2006. The International Criminal Court and the Trump Administration

With John Bolton as national security advisor, both the United States and the International Criminal Court should take steps to avoid a collision. 

January 15, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Time for Panetta to Visit Paris

Foreign Policy reports that Secretary of Defense Panetta is in Europe: "The SecDef is wheels up from Lisbon this morning, headed for a day-stop in Madrid and then staying overnight in Rome. In Madrid…

August 1, 2012

Iran
Biden, Panetta, Obama on Iran

Last May, Vice President Biden took an extremely hard line on Iran.  "We will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon by whatever means we need," he said. This week Secretary of Defense Panetta…