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November 9, 2018

China
Selling U.S. China Policy

Vice President Mike Pence’s October 4 speech on China, which many commentators have referred to as the administration’s defining China moment, was a leaden litany of Chinese vices and a hyped-up asse…

US-China meeting

November 1, 2018

Brazil
Latin America’s Coming Family Feud

Fiery new populist presidents in Brazil and Mexico could turn an old rivalry toxic.

 Flag bearers carry the Mexican and Brazilian flags out onto the pitch prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

October 21, 2018

United States
Trump Trashes Another Treaty

Even calculating for the rising threat from China, leaving the INF puts the United States in a worse strategic position than if it were to stay in.

John Bolton Russia

October 16, 2018

United States
States Are Challenging New Policy That Denies Asylum to Survivors of Domestic Violence

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in support of a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new policy that denies asylum to applicants fleeing domestic or gang v…

Immigrant women hold their children along the border wall as they await apprehension after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

October 9, 2018

International Finance
Russia, China, and (the Absence of ) Global Funding of the U.S. Fiscal Deficit…

A technical post on the q2 global reserves and balance of payments data … wonky.

Russia, China, and (the Absence of ) Global Funding of the U.S. Fiscal Deficit…

September 18, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Conflict as an Academic Discipline: It’s Not All Doom-and-Gloom

Although there are challenges facing the study of cyber conflict, they are not insurmountable. 

studying

September 18, 2018

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force Birthday 2018

May 10, 2013

Syria
Weekend Reading: Can A No-Fly Zone Over Syria Fly?

Steven A. Cook probes the arguments against a No-Fly Zone over Syria. Gary Schmitt says it is doubtful that the Pentagon really believes that Syria’s air defenses are a significant hurdle to interve…

NFZSyria

October 31, 2011

United States
Syria No-Fly Zone: Realistic Objectives

A Syrian shouts slogans during protest against government of Syria's President Assad (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters). Last week, Syrian opposition activists agreed on the theme of their customar…

A Syrian shouts slogans during protest against government of Syria’s President Assad (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters).

October 11, 2011

United States
Syria: No Fly Zone or Not

Syrian National Council spokeswoman Basma Qadmani gives her address during a meeting in Istanbul on October 2, 2011 (Stringer Turkey/Courtesy Reuters). In mid-August, talk show host Stephen Colbert …

 Syrian National Council spokeswoman Basma Qadmani gives her address during a meeting in Istanbul on October 2, 2011 (Stringer Turkey/Courtesy Reuters).