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December 22, 2010

Politics and Government
Turn Out the Lights

Somewhere up above Dandy Don Meredith is singing "Turn Out the Lights, The Party’s Over." Unless Senators Mitch McConnell and Jon Kyl can find some of the magic that graced the Philadelphia Eagles …

Turn Out the Lights

October 28, 2011

Friday File: Do Presidents Matter in Foreign Policy?

Former president George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former president Bill Clinton and former president Jimmy Carter (not shown) meet in the Oval Office on Janua…

From L-R, former President George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)

August 1, 2011

Guest Post: BRICS in the UNSC and the Prospects for Syria

Syrians burn posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad outside the Syrian embassy in Athens. (John Kolesidis/ Courtesy Reuters). This Monday, the United Nations Security Council will meet to cons…

Guest Post: BRICS in the UNSC and the Prospects for Syria

January 20, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is It Time to Intervene in Syria?

Above the Fold. Anyone who watched last night’s GOP presidential debate from Charleston, South Carolina could be forgiven for concluding that the United States has no pressing problems overseas. Not …

Lebanese and Syrian protesters in northern Lebanon carry banners and burn a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they march in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters on January 20, 2012. (Omar Ibrahim/courtesy Reuters)

July 31, 2012

International Law
Guest Post: No Slaves Were Used in the Writing of This Blog Post

Below, my colleague Isabella Bennett, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, offers an assessment of how to reduce human trafficking. The latest estimates by the International Lab…

Girl rescued from child trafficking poses in Proshanti in Dhaka

August 16, 2012

No Country for Fifteen Million: The Plight of the World’s Stateless

Coauthored with Isabella Bennett, program coordinator in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. Guor Marial, a cross-country All-American athlete at Iowa State, ran two marath…

Rohingya women and children hide in a house in Teknaf

March 13, 2012

Defense and Security
Lessons Learned: Hitler’s Rearmament of Germany

A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss Adolf Hitler’s announcement on March 16, 1935, that he would rearm Germany in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. In the vide…

October 26, 2012

Sanctions on MS-13: Not Enough but a Good First Step

Coauthored with Isabella Bennett, program coordinator in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. President Obama and Governor Romney may have been arguing over the strength of …

"El Recio", a former leader of the Mara Salvatrucha or M -13 gang, poses during a photo session at Comayagua jail in Honduras

December 1, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Nuclear Smuggling, and Gun Violence

Craig Whitlock, “Drone Crashes Mount at Civilian Airports,” Washington Post, November 30, 2012. In Djibouti, five Predators have crashed since the Air Force began ramping up drone operations there t…

Border

December 7, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Iran, Robot Soldiers, and Pentagon Propaganda

Jessica Donati and Daniel Fineren, “Exclusive: Iran Shipping Signals Conceal Syria Ship Movements,” Reuters, December 6, 2012. Large vessels must transmit their identity and location to other ships …

Iran Strait of Hormuz