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August 2, 2011

United States
Osama Bin Laden: What Did Pakistan Know?

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and U.S. President Barack Obama (bottom L) in Karachi May 9, 2011 (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reut…

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader bin Laden and U.S. President Obama in Karachi

September 19, 2011

United States
Pakistan, America, and Journalistic Courage

Tribesmen pray at grave of Hayatullah Khan during his funural near Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on June 17, 2006 (Faisal Mahmood/Courtesy Reuters). In 2005, U.S. and P…

Tribesmen pray at grave of Hayatullah Khan during his funural near Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on June 17, 2006 (Faisal Mahmood/Courtesy Reuters).

October 3, 2011

Intelligence
Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric with ties to al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, gives a sermon in an undisclosed location in October 2008. After covert military operations are revealed—in this cas…

Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

October 28, 2011

Turkey
Weekend Reading: Politics and the PKK, Rule of Law in Libya, and Egypt’s Debt Debate

Shop owners read newspapers as they sit on the sidewalk in the Khan al-Khalili area of Cairo (Peter Andrews/Courtesy Reuters)   Emre Uslu comments on the use of political measures in the Kurdish qu…

Weekend Reading: Politics and the PKK, Rule of Law in Libya, and Egypt’s Debt Debate

November 1, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Assad’s Nuclear Ambitions

The extent of the Assad regime’s nuclear ambitions became even clearer this week. It turns out that in addition to buying a plutonium production reactor from North Korea, Syria was also working on a …

March 12, 2012

United States
U.S. Targeted Killings: Official Confusion

Last Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder gave a policy speech at Northwestern University Law School, reportedly intended to “reveal publicly the legal reasoning behind [the Obama administration’s] d…

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March 13, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: HBR Proposes Strategy for U.S. Clean Technology

The Harvard Business Review proposes a 4-part strategy to shape the U.S. government’s role in promoting the cleantech industry. Recommendations include acting as an angel investor by making small inv…

Children take a look at photovoltaic solar technology being installed in Arcadia, Florida (Doug Murray/courtesy Reuters).

March 22, 2012

India
Economics and Indian Strategy

South Asia is among the least economically integrated regions of the world, in part because partition cleaved apart various natural economic communities. Regions, such as Bengal, which had been well …

Leaders of Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Thailand pose for a picture at the second summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in New Delhi, November 13, 2008. (B Mathur / Courtesy Reuters)

May 11, 2012

Education
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Can Elite Education Be Free?

Congress this week has been debating the growing debt burden faced by American college students. Today’s “Policy Initiative Spotlight” examines the recent expansion of free, online university educati…

A man at home on his laptop. (eyeliam/Flickr)

September 21, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: National Security Threats, Drones, and ’Red Lines’

Margaret Coker, Adam Entous, Jay Solomon, and Siobhan Gorman, “Miscues Before Libya Assault,” Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2012. Some officials say the U.S. could have sent military forces to …

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