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June 21, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Jon Huntsman, GOP Presidential Candidate

It’s official. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, has formally announced that he is a Republican candidate for president. As he promised, Huntsman made the announcem…

Jon Huntsman

September 12, 2011

Seven Best Books on 9/11 and the U.S. Response

The "Tribute in Lights" illuminates the sky over lower Manhattan on the tenth anniversary of  9/11. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) I am in the middle of reading In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Po…

The

October 13, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The World Next Week: The Alleged Iranian Assassination Plot

 Manssor Arbabsiar is shown in this courtroom sketch during an appearance in a Manhattan courtroom in New York, New York on October 11, 2011. (Jane Rosenberg/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week po…

Manssor Arbabsiar is shown in this courtroom sketch during an appearance in a Manhattan courtroom in New York, New York on October 11, 2011. Arbabsiar, 56, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen and holds an Iranian passport, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Sept. 29. U.S. authorities broke up a plot by two men linked to the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington. Arbabsiar was ordered detained and assigned a public defender. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

March 6, 2012

United States
The Obama Administration and Targeted Killings: "Trust Us"

Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to speak with a number of dedicated and thoughtful officials in the executive branch about U.S. targeted killing policies. Due to the highly-classified …

Holder testifies

January 3, 2012

United States
Iran’s Nuclear Program: History and Eight Questions

A view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor south of Tehran, Iran on August 21, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Raheb Homavandi). The April 24, 1984, edition of the British defense magazine, Jane’s Defence We…

A view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor south of Tehran, Iran on August 21, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Raheb Homavandi).

May 14, 2012

North Korea
Information Penetration and North Korean Regime Survival

The conventional wisdom is that there could be nothing more dangerous to North Korea’s current leadership than the penetration of information into North Korea from the outside world.  A new empirical…

Balloons containing leaflets and CDs denouncing Pyongyang are seen_Reuters_Lee Jae Won

November 28, 2012

Japan
Is Japan in Decline?: A Conversation

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Japan is now in…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

December 5, 2012

United States
A Primer on Drones

Whenever I speak about the emergence of drone warfare and how it has been used for U.S. targeted killings, people react with a mix of unease, fascination, and curiosity. They also often ask for sugge…

Predator Bagram

February 8, 2013

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, Civilian Casualties, and John Brennan

Dianne Feinstein, Opening Remarks at the Senate Intelligence Committee Confirmation Hearing for John Brennan, February 7, 2013. I’ve… been attempting to speak publicly about the very low number of c…

Predator drone

October 18, 2013

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes, the CIA, and Polls on Syria and Iran

“Drop the Pilot,” Economist, October 19, 2013. A 2009 poll in three of the tribal agencies found 52% of respondents believed drone strikes were accurate and 60% said they weakened militant groups. O…

Afghan policemen keep watch during celebrations for Afghan New Year. (Sobhani/Courtesy Reuters)