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March 15, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Cybersecurity, and Iraq

Christopher P. Cavas, “Stennis’ Long Haul,” Navy Times, March 18, 2013. REAR ADM. MIKE SHOEMAKER: We pay very close attention to Iran. In the gulf it is almost a daily interaction with the Iranian f…


January 27, 2012

Elections and Voting
Friday File: Will Foreign Policy Matter Much in Campaign 2012?

Above the Fold. A dinner obligation kept me from watching last night’s GOP presidential debate in Jacksonville, Florida, breaking my streak of eighteen straight debate viewings. From what I can tell …

Protesters take part in a rally for jobs in New York on January 16, 2012. (Eduardo Munoz/courtesy Reuters)

September 27, 2011

TWE Mailbag: Suggested CTBT Readings

A mailbox in downtown Paris. (Charles Platiau/courtesy Reuters) Last Saturday I noted that it had been exactly fifteen years since President Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Tr…

A Mailbox is seen downtown Paris, January 13, 2008. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

December 16, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: More GOP Iran Tough Talk

Republican presidential candidates participate in a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, on December 15, 2011.(Pool/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Iran was the obligatory foreign p…

Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman participate in a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, December 15, 2011.

June 16, 2011

Strategies for Engaging China in Cyberspace

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speaks before introducing Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at a dinner hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the U.S.-China Business Co…

Strategies for Engaging China in Cyberspace

June 3, 2011

Military Operations
Cyber Attacks and Military Responses

Today, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is attending the tenth annual Asian Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. On the sidelines of the sessions, Secretary Gates is scheduled to …

January 11, 2011

The Right Way to Fight a Trade War

Keith Bradsher reports in yesterday’s New York Times that Congress is forcing the Defense Department to forego purchases of Chinese solar panels. My initial instinct was to scream “Protectionism!” – …

April 15, 2010

Cyberwar? There’s an App for that

Photo Courtesy of REUTERS/Robert Galbraith During the almost two-hour confirmation hearing for Lieutenant General Keith B. Alexander to be Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of…

Cyberwar? There’s an App for that

September 9, 2010

The Downside to Made in the USA

Keith Bradsher has a largely excellent article in Wednesday’s Times that’s focused on the (possibly illegal) advantages that the Chinese government is providing its clean energy firms. In reporting t…

June 8, 2010

Rules of the Road

China’s Information Office of the State Council just released its White Paper "The Internet in China." Photo courtesy of flickr/pmorgan There’s not a great deal that’s new or surprising in the pape…

Rules of the Road