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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

May 23, 2014

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: One Year After Obama’s Drone Speech

Harold Hongju Koh, “Ending the Forever War: One Year After President Obama’s NDU Speech,” JustSecurity.org, May 23, 2014. The President’s historic move in that speech was to call for the eventual re…

Obama NDU speech

March 22, 2013

Trade
Environmental Security Goes Mainstream: Natural Resources and National Interests

Not long ago, concerns about environmental degradation were marginal in U.S. national security deliberations. What a difference climate change has made. Foreign policy officials and experts are start…

Handout photo of the Nile and the Sinai Peninsula

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.

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).

September 23, 2011

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

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft on September 3, 2008 …

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft on September 3, 2008 (Christopher Griffin/Courtesy Reuters).

May 11, 2008

Monetary Policy
Taking stock of the dollar’s global role

Peter Goodman looks at the dollar – and the growing dollar reserves of emerging market central banks -- in today’s New York Times. He captures the poles of the debate well. Ken Rogoff argues that…

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February 7, 2013

International Law
“Smuggler Nation”: America’s Illicit History Exposed

Smuggling may not be the world’s oldest profession, but it must rank a close second. For as long as political authorities have sought to control borders, criminal networks have tried to circumvent th…

Tallship The Grande Turk trails Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's ship HMS Endurance ...

December 19, 2011

United States
U.S. Foreign Policy: Top Twenty Quotes by the Government in 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Rhodes and Senior Advisor Axelrod in the Oval Office (July 6, 2010). In researching national secur…

 U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Rhodes and Senior Advisor Axelrod in the Oval Office (July 6, 2010).

June 21, 2013

Political Transitions
You Might Have Missed: Syrian Intervention, Drone Transparency, and Surveillance Programs

“Nuclear Nonproliferation: IAEA Has Made Progress in Implementing Critical Programs but Continues to Face Challenges,” U.S. Government Accountability Office, May 16, 2013. As of December 2011, IAEA …

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on FBI