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May 17, 2010

China
Will China Follow Lomborg’s Advice on Carbon Taxes?

Barbara Finamore at NRDC has a nice rundown of internal Chinese discussions about imposing a carbon tax beginning in 2012. A Chinese carbon tax would be a positive development. But it’s important for…

July 18, 2011

Egypt
Flacking The Revolution Part II

My post, Flacking the Revolution ( July 13) raised some questions among certain quarters in Egypt about April 6th and its connection with Levine Communications Office (LCO). Below is the media adviso…

November 4, 2011

Friday File: Remembering the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Letter from President Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the release of American hostages, dated November 6, 1979. (Courtesy the National Archives) Above the Fold. Thirty-two year…

Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979 (ARC Identifier: 593939); File Unit: Iran: 11/1-14/79; JC-NSA: Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration), 1977 - 1981; Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA; National Archives and Records Administration.

December 8, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Assad’s Revelations

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad is pictured during an interview with Russian television in Damascus October 30, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters). While President Bashar al-Assad’s circumlocutions were …

Assad’s Revelations

December 9, 2011

Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Stonewalls and Iran Accuses

Anti-government protesters pray next to the bodies of people who were among the Sunni Muslims killed on Wednesday, in Hula near Homs November 2, 2011. Syrian activists said on Wednesday that security…

Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Stonewalls and Iran Accuses

December 15, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Is the GOP Embracing Neoconservatism?

Republican presidential candidates before a GOP debate in November. (Jeff Haynes/courtesy Reuters) The New York Times’s Trip Gabriel has a story today assessing the “nascent Gingrich Doctrine, one t…

Republican presidential candidates before a GOP debate in November. (Jeff Haynes/courtesy Reuters)

February 10, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Middle East Matters This Week: Palestinian Unity and Syria’s Disunity

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Russia and China vetoed an Arab and Western-backed resolution at the UN Security Council last Saturday following a flurry of negotiations. Russia succeede…

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal walk with Qatar's emir sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani as they arrive to sign an agreement in Doha on February 6, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

January 10, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Assad in His Own Words

Syria’s president Assad today vowed to use an “iron fist” to weed out “terrorists” and foreign conspiracies plaguing his country. That is his basic world outlook and his take on what is happening in …

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February 10, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Military Intervention, Drones, and al-Qaeda.

Shaun Waterman, “Drones Over U.S. Get OK By Congress,” Washington Times, February 7, 2012. The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviati…

Explosion Afghanistan

March 8, 2012

United States
Ask the Experts: Where Are the Women in Foreign Policy?

Having worked at a number of institutions over the past fifteen years, I have long been struck by the proportional underrepresentation of women in U.S. foreign policy and national security positions…

Situation Room 2010