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April 1, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Should Obama Arm the Libyan Rebels?

A sign displayed during prayers in Benghazi on April 1, 2011. (STR New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Should the United States arm the rebels fighting to oust Muammar Qaddafi? After initial signs…

Man holds a sign during prayers in Benghazi on April 1, 2011.

April 4, 2011

Defense and Security
Guest Post: Making Qaddafi Go

A protester holds a banner beneath a Kingdom of Libya flag during an anti-Qaddafi demonstration in Benghazi on March 31, 2011. (Youssef Boudlal/courtesy Reuters) President Obama has demanded that Li…

A protester holds a banner beneath a Kingdom of Libya flag during an anti-Gaddafi demonstration in Benghazi on March 31, 2011.

June 28, 2011

Guest Post: State Department’s Human Trafficking Report

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper attend a meeting of cabinet-l…

Guest Post: State Department’s Human Trafficking Report

July 29, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Debt Debate Won’t End on Tuesday

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day after weak economic data and another setback on a debt deal. (Mike…

Traders work on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2011. U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth straight day on Friday after weak data on the economy and a setback on a debt deal discouraged investors. (Mike Segar/courtesy Reuters)

August 12, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The GOP Debate Meets Budget Math

Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Foreign policy took a back seat to Obama bashing and internal GOP sniping in last night’s Republican presidential debate. Rick Sant…

A farm in the town of Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters)

June 15, 2011

International Organizations
Analysts and Former Policymakers Ask Congress to Restore EIA Funding

I wrote a few weeks back about the ill-advised cuts to the EIA budget that were part of the budget deal. Yesterday, I joined thirty policy analysts and former policymakers from across the political s…

October 24, 2011

Defense and Security
Are Republicans Turning Isolationist?

Military personnel hold an American flag during the national anthem at the San Diego Chargers' season opening. (Mike Blake/courtesy Reuters) Sam Tanenhaus argued in yesterday’s New York Times t…

U.S. military personnel hold a huge American flag holding it over the football field during the national anthem prior to the San Diego Chargers season opening NFL football game in San Diego, California September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake

July 8, 2011

North Korea
The Land of Lousy Options, Indeed.

North Koreans shout slogan during a massive rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to denounce the conservative government of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on July 4, 2011. (Yo…

North Koreans shout slogan during a massive rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to denounce the conservative government of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on July 4, 2011.

September 1, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: What Next for Libya?

Anti-Qaddafi fighters sit on a missile in Burkan air defense military base on September 1, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Stewart Patrick and Bob McMahon…

Anti-Gaddafi fighters sit on an SA-5 SAM missile in Burkan air defense military base, which was destroyed by a NATO air strike, September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

November 30, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sierra Leone: Change You Can (Not) Believe In

http://youtu.be/DDisMlwlSgk This is a guest post by Mohamed Jallow. He is an interdepartmental associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and graduate of the CUNY Colin Powell Center for Policy S…