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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

June 20, 2011

Defense and Security
Congress Barking, Not Biting, on War Powers

The U.S. Capitol Dome is pictured behind a cherry blossom tree. (Hyungwon Kang/courtesy Reuters) Debate over Libya and the War Powers Resolution heated up over the weekend. The New York Times report…

The U.S. Capitol Dome is pictured behind a cherry blossom tree in Washington.

November 3, 2011

International Organizations
Palestine and UNESCO: We’ve Only Just Begun

Palestinian Foreign Minister al-Malki and Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO Sanbar attend a press conference during the 36th session of UNESCO's General Conference in Paris (Benoit Tessier/Courtes…

Palestine and UNESCO: We’ve Only Just Begun

November 4, 2011

Friday File: Remembering the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Letter from President Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the release of American hostages, dated November 6, 1979. (Courtesy the National Archives) Above the Fold. Thirty-two year…

Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979 (ARC Identifier: 593939); File Unit: Iran: 11/1-14/79; JC-NSA: Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration), 1977 - 1981; Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA; National Archives and Records Administration.

September 13, 2011

Defense and Security
Ending America’s Military Presence in Iraq

Last month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was asked if the Iraqi government would request that U.S. troops stay in country beyond the mutually-agreed upon withdrawal date of December 31, 2011. …

A soldier inspects the remains of a vehicle used in a bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr city on May 22, 2011 (Kareem Raheem/Courtesy Reuters).

November 11, 2011

Climate Change
Can the Keystone XL Coalition Stop Climate Change?

Bryan Walsh, writing at TIME, is right: Bill McKibben and the Keystone XL protestors have pulled off something pretty impressive. I’m not talking about the merits of the indefinite delay to the pipel…

September 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Rick Perry Wants U.S. Troops Home from Afghanistan

Texas Governor Rick Perry takes the stage before the CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate in Tampa on September 12, 2011. (Scott Audette/courtesy Reuters) Time magazine got Rick Perry to sit…

Texas Governor Rick Perry takes the stage prior to the CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential candidates debate in Tampa, Florida, September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

November 11, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: What Are the Next Steps on Iran?

Members of the Iranian army land force academy perform in Tehran on November 10, 2011. (Courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. This week’s IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear activities provides many new detai…

Members of the Iranian army land force academy perform during a graduation ceremony in Tehran November 10, 2011. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the United States and Israel on Thursday not to launch any military action against its nuclear sites, saying it would be met with

December 20, 2011

United States
U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security: Implementation and De Tocqueville

UN Women Executive Director Bachelet arrives at the headquarters for the Children Hope project, also known as "Crianca Esperanca," in Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 2011 (Stringer Brazil/Courtesy Reu…

UN Women Executive Director Bachelet arrives at the headquarters for the Children Hope project, also known as

December 19, 2011

United States
U.S. Foreign Policy: Top Twenty Quotes by the Government in 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Rhodes and Senior Advisor Axelrod in the Oval Office (July 6, 2010). In researching national secur…

 U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Rhodes and Senior Advisor Axelrod in the Oval Office (July 6, 2010).