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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

August 16, 2011

International Organizations
Remembering the Atlantic Charter

Leaders on board HMS Prince of Wales during Atlantic Charter conference, 1941 (Courtesy US Naval History and Heritage Command). This week marks the seventieth anniversary of one of history’s most co…

Remembering the Atlantic Charter

July 18, 2011

Egypt
Flacking The Revolution Part II

My post, Flacking the Revolution ( July 13) raised some questions among certain quarters in Egypt about April 6th and its connection with Levine Communications Office (LCO). Below is the media adviso…

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

December 30, 2011

Middle East Matters This Week: Escalating U.S.-Iranian Tensions in the Gulf

Iranian military personnel participate in the Velayat-90 war game in an unknown location near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on December 30, 2011 (Hamed Jafarnejad/Courtesy Reuters). Signific…

Middle East Matters This Week: Escalating U.S.-Iranian Tensions in the Gulf

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

June 20, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
New National Commissioner of the South Africa Police Service—Again

Last week, President Jacob Zuma appointed Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega as national commissioner of police and conferred on her the rank of general. She has no previous police experience, but she is no …

Newly appointed South African national police commissioner, Bheki Cele (R), is congratulated by South African President Jacob Zuma as Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa (C) looks on at the end of the news conference in Pretoria, July 29, 2009.