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June 25, 2012

Egypt
What Morsi’s Win Means for Egypt

Following yesterday’s historic announcement that Mohamed Morsi had won Egypt’s first competitive presidential election, I discussed the implications of this development with former New York Times dip…

Muslim Brotherhood's president-elect Mohamed Morsi speaks during his first televised address to the nation at the Egyptian Television headquarters in Cairo on June 24, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

May 11, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Israel’s Nuclear Weapons, and "Big Boy Pants"

Nick Paumgarten, “The World of Surveillance,” The New Yorker, May 14, 2012. Patrick Egan, president of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association for Unmanned Systems International: "The first ti…

Rifle Afghanistan

May 15, 2012

Israel
Implications of Israel’s New National Unity Government

Israel’s political landscape was just redrawn last week with the surprise agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima party head Shaul Mofaz to form a new government rather than ho…

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and newly appointed vice premier Shaul Mofaz attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on May 13, 2012 (Oded Balilty/Courtesy Reuters).

September 7, 2012

Defense and Security
Foreign Policy and Campaign 2012

CFR.org just posted an interview I did with former New York Times correspondent Bernard Gwertzman looking at the role foreign policy will likely play in the remaining two months of the presidential c…

President Obama waves as he arrives to address delegates at the Democratic National Convention. (Jason Reed/ courtesy Reuters)

July 28, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Afghanistan, and Military Intervention

Department of Defense News Briefing with General Norton Schwartz, July 24, 2012. Q:  I just had a question about [remotely piloted aircraft].  There was statements recently that in the next year or …

Drone takeoff

September 21, 2012

International Organizations
Obama’s Balancing Act With the Muslim World

Today CFR.org interviewed me about the upcoming opening of the UN General Assembly. One particularly interesting question that Bernard Gwertzman, the CFR consulting editor, asked me, revolved around …

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Grand Hall of Cairo University

September 18, 2012

Defense and Security
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 65th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 65 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the Air Force, officially founding a …

F-16 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation over the Hudson River in New York. (Eduardo Munoz/ courtesy Reuters)

December 28, 2012

Politics and Government
World Outlook in 2013

CFR.org just posted a conversation I had with Bernard Gwertzman about the world outlook in 2013. We discussed three sets of issues: turmoil in the greater Middle East (Egypt, Iran, Syria, and Afghani…

Nigerian River state governor Amechi stands with security officials to assess a burnt commercial bus (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters).

November 2, 2012

Defense and Security
What Foreign Policy Challenges Will the Next President Face?

Former New York Times correspondent and current CFR.org consulting editor Bernard Gwertzman interviewed me the other day about the foreign policy challenges awaiting whoever wins next Tuesday’s elect…

A U.S. Army soldier high-fives with an Afghan boy during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan (Umit Bektas/ Courtesy Reuters).

March 19, 2013

United States
President Obama Meets the New Israeli Government

President Obama heads off to the Middle East just days after the new Israeli government’s formation. I was interviewed today by CFR.org on what the makeup of Israel’s new government will mean for the…