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March 29, 2011

Guest Post: Messages to Americans from the Muslim Brotherhood

A banner hung in Cairo by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calling for a "yes" vote on the referendum, seen on March 18, 2011. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/courtesy Reuters) My colleague Ed Husain just got b…

A banner hung in Cairo by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood calling for a

August 5, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Debt Debate—The Sequel

A woman walks past the U.S. Capitol dome, seen through a porthole in nearby brick-work on August 2, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Circle November 23 on your calendar. That’…

Friday File: Debt Debate—The Sequel

May 3, 2011

United States
Syria, Iran, and Losing a Strategic Opportunity

Boys hold a banner during a demonstration in the the Syrian port city of Banias (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) Everything that has been said about Osama bin Laden’s demise has already been said and will…

Syria, Iran, and Losing a Strategic Opportunity

September 30, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Where Do the GOP Candidates Stand on China’s Rise?

  Above the Fold. China’s rise presents perhaps the most significant challenge to American foreign policy over the next decade. Here’s one concern: China’s growing force of long-range precision mi…

China jets

July 7, 2011

United States
A Primer on Air Power

A F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet takes part in a flying display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris June 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes The military intervention…

A Primer on Air Power

December 2, 2011

Friday File: Does the United States Matter Less?

A shrimp boat trawling near the mouth of the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Louisiana. (Sean Gardner/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. I had the good fortune to spend the last two days at a con…

A shrimp boat trawls near healthy marsh, bayous and water ways east of the mouth of the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Louisiana April 20, 2011. When BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last April, killing 11 workers, authorities first reported that no crude was leaking into the ocean. They were wrong. One year on, oil from the largest spill in U.S. history clogs wetlands, pollutes the ocean and endangers wildlife, not to mention the toll it has inflicted on the coastal economies of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and especially Louisiana. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ENERGY)

September 28, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Foreign Aid and Gratitude

A young girl displaced for almost a year by heavy floods stands outside of her family's tent donated by USAID in Sukkur, Pakistan. (Akhtar Soomro/courtesy Reuters) Last week’s Republican presid…

Foreign Aid and Gratitude

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)

May 6, 2011

Nigeria
What We’re Watching in Africa This Week

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December 16, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: More GOP Iran Tough Talk

Republican presidential candidates participate in a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, on December 15, 2011.(Pool/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Iran was the obligatory foreign p…

Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman participate in a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, December 15, 2011.