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March 31, 2011

Politics and Government
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Part III

  Yesterday I noted that many legal scholars believe that while the text of the Constitution may not have given presidents an independent war-making authority, they have acquired that through two …

Part III

April 2, 2012

Egypt
Egypt’s "Engineer": A Look Under the Hood

My research associate, Alexander Brock, and research intern, Jessica Cusano, have written the below profile of newly nominated Egyptian presidential candidate Khairat al-Shater, affiliated with the M…

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December 8, 2006

Monetary Policy
Bretton Woods 2: On its last legs? Or still going strong at the end of 2006?

Or perhaps a complicated combination of both?   That is a question that has popped up over at Martin Wolf’s forum.   It is a keyquestion for the global economy, and for financial markets.Those bettin…

August 24, 2005

United States
Are we ignoring the United States’ strengths?

Anantha Nageswaran of Libran Asset Management in Singapore has submitted a set of (lengthy) comments that respond, in some sense, to many of the points I and others have raised on this blog.   Check …

December 16, 2016

Global
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2016

Stories began appearing midway through 2016 asking whether it was the worst year ever. It wasn’t. It’s not even the worst year in the last half century. (Try 1968. Or 1974. Or 1979.) But 2016 certain…

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April 5, 2011

Politics and Government
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Part V

  Most Americans think of the Supreme Court as the legal equivalent of a baseball umpire. In their view, the Court’s job is to call legal balls and strikes, and thereby tell us what the law is. So…

Justices

March 25, 2011

Defense and Security
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Obama Versus the Framers

I noted in a post earlier today that President Obama can make a credible legal case—if he were ever forced to make one—that he had all the authority he needed to order Operation Odyssey Dawn. But his…

Independence Hall

March 7, 2014

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Cyberattacks, Asia Pivot, and the U.S. Military and Human Rights

Zachary Fryer-Biggs, “DoD Official: Asia Pivot ‘Can’t Happen’ Due to Budget Processes,” Defense News, March 4, 2014. “Right now, the pivot is being looked at again, because candidly it can’t happen,…

Russia in Crimea March 1

February 7, 2013

International Law
“Smuggler Nation”: America’s Illicit History Exposed

Smuggling may not be the world’s oldest profession, but it must rank a close second. For as long as political authorities have sought to control borders, criminal networks have tried to circumvent th…

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June 3, 2011

Military Operations
Cyber Attacks and Military Responses

Today, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is attending the tenth annual Asian Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. On the sidelines of the sessions, Secretary Gates is scheduled to …