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March 19, 2010

Japan
Japan Hearing on Capitol Hill

This week I testified in front of the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Environment on the U.S.-Japan relationship.   Judging by the Japanese press coverage, it was c…

November 17, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Guest Post: Congressional Dysfunction and New START

My colleague Kay King has a new Council Special Report out on Congress and National Security. The report examines the sources and consequences of Congress’s surging partisanship, and it offers some…

Guest Post: Congressional Dysfunction and New START

January 4, 2011

Politics and Government
Guest Post: Treaties and Filibusters

Senator Kerry walks to the Senate floor during debate over ratification of the New START treaty. Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters. My colleague, Kay King, wrote a Council Special Report last fall on …

Senator Kerry walks to the Senate floor during debate over ratification of the New START treaty.

November 18, 2010

Politics and Government
The Gauntlet Is Thrown Down

Walking by Westminster this morning I was reminded of the grandeur of democracy.  Watching the battle back in Washington over the New START Treaty, I am reminded that democratic practice is often m…

The Gauntlet Is Thrown Down

January 31, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Seven Thoughts on Egypt

Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration in Cairo. (Asmaa Waguih/courtesy Reuters) Like many of you I spent a good portion of my weekend following events in Egypt. My colleagues Elliott Abram…

Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration in Cairo

January 28, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: “Friday of Wrath” Tests the Obama Administration

An anti-government protester defaces a picture of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria. (Courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Just three days after delivering a State of the Union Address …

An anti-government protester defaces a picture of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria.

April 1, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Should Obama Arm the Libyan Rebels?

A sign displayed during prayers in Benghazi on April 1, 2011. (STR New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Should the United States arm the rebels fighting to oust Muammar Qaddafi? After initial signs…

Man holds a sign during prayers in Benghazi on April 1, 2011.

April 22, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Globe Warms and the People Chill

  A male polar bear waits for an ice sheet to form to allow migration in an area about 300km north of Churchill, Canada on November 17, 2009. (Iain D. Williams/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Tod…

A male polar bear waits for an ice sheet to form to allow migration in an area about 300km north of Churchill, Canada on November 17, 2009.

June 7, 2011

International Organizations
The Trials of International Tribunals

Munira Salihovic poses with picture of her three sons and husband, who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre. (Dado Ruvic/Courtesy Reuters) Champions of international justice have been heartene…

Munira Salihovic poses with picture of her three sons and husband, who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre.

May 4, 2011

United States
One Egyptian’s Advice to Washington

U.S President Barack Obama at the White House (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters) Hassan ElSawaf, a good friend and sometime guest blogger, has written about the opportunity for the Obama administration to pr…

U.S. President Barack Obama (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters)