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March 26, 2013

Politics and Government
Hello (Welcome Back), Shinzo Abe: Prime Minister of Japan

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That old saying could be the motto of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who today marks the end of his third month in office. You see, he had this job…

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe addresses cadets during a graduation ceremony at the National Defense Academy of Japan (Kiyoshi Ota/Courtesy Reuters).

July 14, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Governor Chris Christie, GOP Presidential Candidate

One hundred and three years have passed since the last time a sitting New Jersey governor was elected president. Current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hopes to break that streak. He announced tw…

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey

June 27, 2013

United States
The World Next Week: Books to Read This Summer

The World Next Week podcast is up. This week, Bob McMahon and I took a break from our regular discussion of next week’s news to kick off the summer with some reading recommendations. Bob and I beg…

(Andy Clark/Courtesy Reuters)

December 29, 2015

Politics and Government
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2015

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2015 who throu…

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April 3, 2012

United States
Ask the Experts: Will America ’Win’ in Afghanistan?

Last fall, a two-part question circulated throughout the Pentagon: Can the United States win in Afghanistan? Will the United States win in Afghanistan? In this case, “win” meant accomplishing the st…

Afghan soldier

September 1, 2011

Climate Change
Separating Fact from Fiction on Keystone XL

Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, which would move diluted bitumen from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, has come into full force over the past couple weeks, with over five hundred peo…

September 19, 2011

International Organizations
Trade Policy in the ICU

A container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company docked in the Port of Oakland in California. (Beck Diefenbach/ Courtesy Reuters) After World War II, the United States spearheaded a his…

Trade Policy in the ICU

September 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Arms Sales to Taiwan

Five F-16 jets fly in formation. (Ho New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The Palestinian statehood bid is not the only issue the Obama administration has been struggling with this week. On Wednesd…

Five U.S. Air Force F-16

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

July 19, 2013

United States
You Might Have Missed: Were Early Humans Warlike?, U.S.-Pakistan Relations, and Opinion Polls

Donald Fry and Patrik Soderberg, “Lethal Aggression in Mobile Forager Bands and Implications for the Origins of War,” Science, July 19, 2003, pp. 270-273. A controversy exists regarding mobile forag…

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