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March 19, 2010

Japan Hearing on Capitol Hill

This week I testified in front of the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Environment on the U.S.-Japan relationship.   Judging by the Japanese press coverage, it was c…

June 18, 2012

United States
Targeted Killings and Congressional Oversight

Late Friday afternoon, the Obama administration marginally pulled back the curtain on targeted killings conducted by the U.S. military—but not those carried out by the CIA—in Somalia and Yemen. Under…

Capitol Hill

July 23, 2012

United States
National Security Leaks and Iranian Revenge

On June 1, 2012, the New York Times featured a remarkable work of journalism by David Sanger that opened with the following revelation: “From his first months in office, President Obama ordered incr…

John McCain

January 8, 2013

United States
What to Expect from Brennan’s Confirmation Hearing

Several pundits have called for the confirmation hearing on John Brennan’s nomination to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to be used as the opportunity to debate the vast …


June 5, 2013

International Organizations
Global Development 2.0: Assessing a New UN Roadmap

Last week the UN’s latest “High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons” released a long-awaited report on global development. The resulting document—A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform …

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prepare for the second day of the meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at United Nations headquarters in New York

March 14, 2014

The World Next Week: Crimea Votes on Secession, Iranians Celebrate Nowruz, Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny Visits the United States

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the referendum in Crimea, Persian New Year and the next round of nuclear talks with Iran, and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s visit to the …

A soldier posted in the Crimean town of Balaclava is seen in front of a Russian flag. (Baz Ratner/ Courtesy Reuters)

April 11, 2014

The Senate Torture Report and Investigative Journalism

Today, Sen. Diane Feinstein and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the chair and former chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), published an op-ed in the Washington Post, “Why the Senate Repo…

April 13, 2015

Politics and Government
Campaign 2016: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Pakistan has had one. So have Great Britain, Indonesia, Poland, Ukraine, and four dozen other countries. Argentina, Brazil, and Germany have one right now. But the United States has never had a woman…


July 16, 2015

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Legislative Proposals on Terrorist Use of Social Media Raise Policy and Legal Questions

On June 16, the House of Representatives passed an Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which requires the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to produce a report on terrorist use…

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April 8, 2016

Cyber Week in Review: April 8, 2016

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed. China’s Great Firewall a trade barrier. In its annual report on trade impediments, the U.S. gove…

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