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June 6, 2005

Economics
So will the proliferation of hedge funds end with a bang or a whimper

The number of hedge funds is about the only thing that has been rising faster than the price of residential real estate (at least in some markets). Probably not a coincidence: hedge funds and real e…

February 3, 2006

China
Not the usual way to describe your biggest creditor …

According to the Financial Times, the Pentagon sees China as the United States greatest potential rival."China has the "greatest potential to compete militarily" with America in the future, but the U…

June 27, 2011

United States
Preventive Force and U.S. Foreign Policy

USS Florida launches a Tomahawk cruise missile during Giant Shadow in the waters off the coast of the Bahamas in this file photograph taken in 2003 and released to Reuters on March 19, 2011. U.S. and…

Preventive Force and U.S. Foreign Policy

June 1, 2011

Intelligence
Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

Tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of President Barack Obama’s appearance before the nation to announce that “the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.” Accordin…

Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

June 24, 2011

United States
Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

Rebels fighters are reflected on a side mirror at the front line in Ajdabiyah June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I have been a critic of the U…

Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

September 6, 2011

Intelligence
Who Can’t America Kill?

Three captured Taliban insurgents are presented to the media in Ghazni province on August 25, 2011 (Mustafa Andaleb/Courtesy Reuters). Capitalizing on public interest in the death of Osama Bin Laden…

Three captured Taliban insurgents are presented to the media in Ghazni province on August 25, 2011 (Mustafa Andaleb/Courtesy Reuters).

August 26, 2011

Defense and Security
Beware the Rise of the Drones

A U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport on June 13, 2010 (Massoud Hossaini/Courtesy Reuters). This post originally appeared as part of t…

Beware the Rise of the Drones

June 13, 2011

United States
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed’s Death: An Overdue Counterterror Victory in Somalia

Civilians look at the suspected body of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed (L), one of Africa's most wanted al Qaeda operatives, and an unidentified colleague killed at a police checkpoint in Somalia's …

Fazul Abdullah Mohammed’s Death: An Overdue Counterterror Victory in Somalia

October 27, 2011

United States
Somalia: Kenya’s Invasion and Objectives

An al-Shabaab soldier carries his gun in southern Mogadishu on January 1, 2011 (Feisal Omar/Courtesy Reuters). When political leaders call for the application of military force, it is a useful to as…

An al-Shabaab soldier carries his gun in southern Mogadishu on January 1, 2011 (Feisal Omar/Courtesy Reuters).

October 3, 2011

Intelligence
Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric with ties to al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, gives a sermon in an undisclosed location in October 2008. After covert military operations are revealed—in this cas…

Anwar al-Awlaki: What We Learned from His Killing