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April 8, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Who Will Succeed Bob Gates as Secretary of Defense?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen enter the auditorium before Oabma's speech about the conflict in Libya at the National Defense University on March 28, 2011. (Larry…

U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen enter the auditorium before Oabma’s speech about the conflict in Libya at the National Defense University on March 28, 2011.

June 14, 2011

Regional Organizations
The SCO at 10: Growing, but Not into a Giant

Toys depicting troops of different nations are seen on a plan for the "Peace Mission 2010" exercises at the Matybulak military range in southern Kazakhstan (Shamil Zhumatov/ Courtesy Reuters). The I…

The SCO at 10: Growing, but Not into a Giant

August 12, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The GOP Debate Meets Budget Math

Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Foreign policy took a back seat to Obama bashing and internal GOP sniping in last night’s Republican presidential debate. Rick Sant…

A farm in the town of Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters)

August 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Is Qaddafi’s Exit Obama’s Vindication?

Libyans celebrate in Benghazi on August 23, 2011 after rebel fighters entered Tripoli. The poster features images of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Fren…

Libyans celebrate near the court house in Benghazi August 23, 2011 after rebel fighters entered Tripoli. The poster below displays images of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and U.S. President Barack Obama (L-R). REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS)

October 24, 2011

Defense and Security
Are Republicans Turning Isolationist?

Military personnel hold an American flag during the national anthem at the San Diego Chargers' season opening. (Mike Blake/courtesy Reuters) Sam Tanenhaus argued in yesterday’s New York Times t…

U.S. military personnel hold a huge American flag holding it over the football field during the national anthem prior to the San Diego Chargers season opening NFL football game in San Diego, California September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake

March 9, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Politics of Iran War Fever

Above the Fold. President Obama used his speech to the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee last Sunday and his White House press conference to take his critics to task f…

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February 24, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Quran Burning and the End of the Afghan War

Above the Fold. The protests that have erupted across Afghanistan this week in the wake of the news that coalition forces burned several Qurans have laid bare the gulf that continues to exist, and ma…

Demonstrators protest a Koran-burning incident in Afghanistan outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur on February 24, 2012. (Bazuki Muhammad/courtesy Reuters)

June 22, 2012

China
Are the "Experts" Right About Energy?

What does the energy policy chattering class think about where the world is heading? The new issue of Foreign Policy has a neat feature that gives some interesting insight. The editors surveyed fifty…

December 19, 2012

Fossil Fuels
A New Study on Oil Trade and International Relations

Policymakers, analysts, and pundits regularly argue over whether countries should care about who they buy their oil from. Economist usually insist that, because markets are flexible, the precise patt…

November 12, 2013

CFR is Hiring a New Energy Fellow

Many readers of this blog are familiar with the great work on energy, economics, and security that Blake Clayton has done at CFR over the last few years. Blake recently moved to Citigroup and became …