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July 22, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Debt Deal Deadline

President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the debt talks on July 19, 2011. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. When I was a college professor I always warned my students not…

President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the debt talks on July 19, 2011. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters)

July 12, 2011

Israel
Five Years After the Israel-Hezbollah War

  An Israeli artillery unit fires a shell towards Lebanon from its position near the Israeli-Lebanese border August 9, 2006. Israel decided on Wednesday to expand its ground offensive in Leban…

Five Years After the Israel-Hezbollah War

June 17, 2011

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: The War Powers Debate

President Barack Obama greets troops at Fort Campbell in Kentucky on May 6, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Speaker John Boehne…

President Barack Obama greets troops at Fort Campbell in Kentucky on May 6, 2011.

July 7, 2011

United States
A Primer on Air Power

A F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet takes part in a flying display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris June 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes The military intervention…

A Primer on Air Power

September 19, 2011

International Organizations
Trade Policy in the ICU

A container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company docked in the Port of Oakland in California. (Beck Diefenbach/ Courtesy Reuters) After World War II, the United States spearheaded a his…

Trade Policy in the ICU

September 1, 2011

You Might Have Missed

A Libyan rebel stands guard near the entrance of Ras Lanuf on August 27, 2011 (Esam Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters). - Adam Entous and Siobhan Gorman, “CIA Strikes Strain Ties with Pakistan Further,” Wa…

A Libyan rebel stands guard near the entrance of Ras Lanuf on August 27, 2011 (Esam Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters).

September 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Arms Sales to Taiwan

Five F-16 jets fly in formation. (Ho New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The Palestinian statehood bid is not the only issue the Obama administration has been struggling with this week. On Wednesd…

Five U.S. Air Force F-16

January 4, 2012

International Organizations
What Will The World Decide in 2012?

The New Year's Eve Ball in New York City (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters). “Summit fatigue” may be widespread, but demands on the world’s leaders just keep growing. Here are a half a dozen major me…

What Will The World Decide in 2012?

December 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Three Good News Stories—Latin America, Burma, and HIV/AIDS Prevention

The headquarters of Brazil's central bank in Brasilia. (Ueslei Marcelino/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The newspapers spread across my desk are a sea of bad news. Iraq looks to be descendin…

The headquarters of Brazil’s central bank in Brasilia. (Ueslei Marcelino/courtesy Reuters)

September 29, 2011

Admiral Michael Mullen: Farewell and Thank You

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen testifies at the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2010 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters). Tomorrow, th…

 U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen testifies at the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2010 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).