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March 18, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Obama “Dithers” No More

  Libyan protesters in Tobruk celebrate after the UN Security Council passes a resolution authorizing a "no-fly" zone and military attacks on Muammar Qaddafi's forces. (Suhaib Salem/courtesy Re…

Libyan Protesters celebrate after a U.N. resolution authorising a

December 4, 2010

The World Next Week

The podcast for The World Next Week is up.  Bob McMahon and I discussed the pending resumption of the P5+1 talks with Tehran on Iran’s nuclear program; the looming parliamentary vote on Ireland’s …

The World Next Week

December 24, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Vacation Time

Above the fold. So President Obama is now off on vacation in Hawaii. He presumably will enjoy it, having crossed repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and passage of the New START Treaty off his to…

Friday File: Vacation Time

December 8, 2010

United States
I Still Don’t Get It

Sorry for the light posting recently - I am finishing up my book on Egyptian politics. But I could not resist responding to  today’s headline on the settlements. Like I said a few weeks ago, I don’…

I Still Don’t Get It

November 1, 2010

United States
Peace Process?

I have it on good authority, which in Washington means that I read it in Laura Rozen’s foreign policy blog at Politico and confirmed it through various conversations with colleagues who had coffee …

Peace Process?

April 29, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: What Do the Panetta and Petraeus Nominations Say About Obama?

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Washington’s worst kept secret is now out. President Obama has …

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters)

May 4, 2011

TWE Mailbag: Walter Cronkite, the Tet Offensive, and Kent State

Walter Cronkite on television during a presidential debate on September 23, 1976. (Thomas J. O'Halloran/courtesy the Library of Congress) Always underpromise and overdeliver. Never overpromise a…

Walter Cronkite on television during a presidential debate on September 23, 1976.

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 …

April 8, 2011

Defense and Security
Did Operation Odyssey Dawn Prevent a Libyan Genocide?

People celebrate atop a destroyed tank belonging to forces loyal to Qaddafi after an air strike by coalition forces in Ajdabiyah. (Suhaib Salem/courtesy Reuters) The Senate Foreign Relations Committ…

People celebrate atop a destroyed tank belonging to forces loyal to Qaddafi after an air strike by coalition forces in Ajdabiyah.

June 10, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Foreign Policy and the 2012 Election

An American flag flown from the USS Monterey. (Bogdan Cristel/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Most presidential elections turn on domestic issues rather than foreign policy ones. The 2012 election…

An American flag flown from the USS Monterey.