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April 15, 2010

China
Cyberwar? There’s an App for that

Photo Courtesy of REUTERS/Robert Galbraith During the almost two-hour confirmation hearing for Lieutenant General Keith B. Alexander to be Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of…

Cyberwar? There’s an App for that

September 1, 2010

South Korea
U.S.-ROK Strategic Alliance 2015

Major Tara O is an Assistant Professor at the United States Air Force Academy. The views expressed in this essay are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S…

2+2 Meeting

May 20, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Has Congress Abandoned Its War Power?

Capitol Hill seen at sunrise. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)   Above the Fold. The ringing you heard today is the timer expiring on the War Power Resolution’s sixty-day clock. Back on March 20, Presi…

Capitol Hill seen at sunrise.

June 22, 2011

Ten Whats With...Col. Gian Gentile

Colonel Gian Gentile. Courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations. This is the first installment of an occasional series for Politics, Power, and Preventive Action (3PA): “Ten Whats With….”  In ea…

Ten Whats With...Col. Gian Gentile

May 12, 2011

United States
U.S. Senators Weigh in on Futenma

U.S. General David Petraeus and Flournoy speak to Levin and McCain at a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Senators Carl Levin, John McCain and Jim Webb, all…

U.S. General David Petraeus and Flournoy speak to Levin and McCain at a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

May 24, 2011

Welcome to Politics, Power, and Preventive Action

Welcome to Politics, Power, and Preventive Action (3PA), a blog about U.S. national security policy, international security, and conflict prevention. I embark on this blog as someone who is massivel…

October 21, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The Super Committee Has Thirty-Three Days

A pigeon sits on a clock in Frankfurt. (Alex Domanski/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The super committee now has a bit more than a month to strike a long-term deficit reduction deal. I’m skeptica…

A pigeon sits on a clock in front of the Frankfurt stock exchange, August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: ANIMALS)

September 12, 2011

Elections and Voting
TWE Mailbag: Vital Interests and Political Pejoratives

A cyclist posts a parcel in Royal Mail postbox on the Embankment in London. (Kieran Doherty/courtesy Reuters) Mailbag time. Carl responded to my Four Takeaways from the GOP Presidential Debate by sa…

A cyclist posts a parcel in Royal Mail postbox on the Embankment in London October 8, 2009. Workers at Britain’s state-owned Royal Mail voted overwhelmingly for a nationwide strike on Thursday, escalating a dispute over pay and conditions which has caused widespread disruption to postal services. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

September 15, 2011

You Might Have Missed: Al-Qaeda, China, and Preventive Diplomacy

Security Council members vote on a Libyan resolution during a Security Council Meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York on March 18, 2011 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters). - Carl Bialik, “Shadowy …

Security Council members vote on a Libyan resolution during a Security Council Meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York on March 18, 2011 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters).

February 17, 2012

Defense and Security
Iranian Nuclear Program: Rhetoric and Reality

Reading the professional punditry in Washington or the rhetorical nuclear and military pronouncements from Tehran, one would assume that Iran is very close to acquiring a nuclear weapon—and that the …

Ahmadinejad Lab Tour