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April 18, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
In South Africa, What’s in a Name?

Since the coming of "non-racial democracy" in South Africa, ANC-led governing bodies especially at the local level have renamed numerous streets and other public facilities that formerly honored Afri…


August 3, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: National Security Threats, Terrorism, and Gun Violence

Saxby Chambliss, "The Threat From Within to Our National Security," Macon Telegraph, August 3, 2012. Our nation and our military are about to confront one of the biggest threats since World War II. …


August 23, 2012

Defense and Security
Top Twelve Defense Sequestration Scare Tactics

Over a year ago, on August 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. The bipartisan legislation easily passed the House, 269-131, with 174 Republicans and 95 Democrats vot…

Panetta and Dempsey

January 28, 2013

Why China Hands Think What They Think

These days, China books are a dime a dozen and so, too, are China analysts. Journalists, scholars, businesspeople, general foreign policy analysts, and random people living in Beijing all have someth…

My First Trip to China. Kin-Ming Liu. http://www.musemag.hk/musestore/product.php?id=60

February 5, 2013

Fossil Fuels
Why Roll Yield Matters to Oil Benchmark Preferences

In my last post I discussed how trading volumes show a migration into ICE Brent from NYMEX West Texas Intermediate (WTI), two of the world’s most watched crude oil benchmarks. The trend is part of Br…

Why Roll Yield Matters to Oil Benchmark Preferences

March 22, 2013

United States
You Might Have Missed: Iraq, Yemen, and Drone Strikes

Government Accountability Office, “U.S. Assistance to Yemen: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Emergency Food Aid and Assess Security Assistance,” March 20, 2013. Two DOD programs account for t…

CIA Lobby

April 23, 2013

White House Transparency and Targeted Killings

In February, President Obama declared during a Google+ Fireside Hangout: “This is the most transparent administration in history, and I can document how that is the case.” Obama did acknowledge: “Whe…

February 8, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
AFRICOM to Stay in Stuttgart

The Department of Defense announced on Feb 5 that the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters will remain in Stuttgart, Germany. According to Stars and Stripes, the decision to stay in Germany ra…

Kampala, Uganda U.S. General Carter F. Ham, Commander of the U.S. Africa Command addresses a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Uganda's capital Kampala, May 11, 2011. The general said that Uganda has been a key partner in advancing efforts to resolve conflicts across the content especially in its peacekeeping efforts in Somalia where the U.S. government offers logistical and training support for Uganda and Burundian troops totalling more than $185 million.

December 6, 2013

You Might Have Missed: Snowden, Homeland Security, and Drone Strikes

Karen Parrish, “Hagel Arrives in Bahrain for Speech at Dialogue,” American Forces Press Service, December 5, 2013. Hagel noted during a press conference yesterday that even as it focuses more attent…

Ipsos Reuters Poll

November 22, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Afghanistan, Threat Deflation, and Signature Strikes

“The Uses of Force,” Economist, November 23, 2013. “It’s too easy to use force,” says Admiral Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It’s almost the first choice.” “Securit…

Pakistan Drone Strike