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September 4, 2014

China
Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS

“The various currencies, which were all maintained on a stable basis in relation to gold and to one another, facilitated the easy flow of capital and of trade to an extent the full value of which …

Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS

January 19, 2016

You Might Have Missed: Academic Journals IV

This is the fourth blog post in this series. The previous three were published in February, July, and October 2015, and highlight earlier academic findings.  Cullen S. Hendriz, “A House Divided: Thr…

Rwanda Library

May 4, 2016

Energy and Environment
Beyond Climate Confusion: Why Both Energy Innovation and Deployment Matter

I have a new essay in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs—“The Clean Energy Revolution: Fighting Climate Change with Innovation”—which I co-authored with Teryn Norris, a former advisor at the Depar…

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June 1, 2011

Intelligence
Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

Tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of President Barack Obama’s appearance before the nation to announce that “the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden.” Accordin…

Osama Bin Laden’s Death: One Month Later

April 6, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Malian Rebels Proclaim Independent Country of Azawad

Above the Fold. Tuareg rebel fighters in northern Mali today declared the independent country of Azawad. The announcement comes on the heels of the rebels’ rapid success in driving government forces …

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July 2, 2015

United States
You Might Have Missed: Recent Academic Journal Findings II

Six months ago, I published the first blog in this series, highlighting earlier academic findings. Jeffrey Stamp, “Aero-Static Warfare: A Brief Survey of Ballooning in Mid-nineteenth-century Siege W…

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April 20, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Threat Inflation, and Corruption

Greg Miller, “Broader Drone Tactics Sought,” Washington Post, April 19, 2012. The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism su…

Joseph Kony.

June 2, 2015

Defense and Security
Campaign 2016: Senator Lindsey Graham, GOP Presidential Candidate

Can you win the presidency by running on foreign policy? Lindsey Graham is seeking to find out. The South Carolina senator announced yesterday that he is running for the GOP presidential nomination. …

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October 7, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Libya, Syria, and the Responsibility to Protect

A session of the United Nations Security Council in New York. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The UN Security Council witnessed a rare double veto on Tuesday. Both Russia and Ch…

A session of the United Nations Security Council in New York. (Shannon Stapleton/courtesy Reuters)

March 4, 2014

International Organizations
At Stake in Ukraine: The Future of World Order

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has aptly labeled Ukraine the “biggest crisis in Europe in the twenty-first century.” Indeed, he could have gone further. The Russian intervention will reverb…