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August 21, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: John Kasich, GOP Presidential Candidate

Ohio holds the title of “Mother of Presidents.” Eight of them were born, raised, or lived in Ohio at the time of their election. But the last president to hail from Ohio was Warren G. Harding, who wa…

hio Governor John Kasich formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Columbus, Ohio July 21, 2015.

April 18, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Rick Santorum, GOP Presidential Candidate

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011. (Brian Frank/courtesy Reuters) Pennsylvania State University can claim many accomplis…

Rick Santorum speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event in Waukee, Iowa March 7, 2011.

December 22, 2014

United States
Ten Americans Who Died in 2014 Who Shaped U.S. Foreign Policy

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also a time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2014 who throu…

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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

April 30, 2015

Vietnam
The Vietnam War in Forty Quotes

Last month, I did a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of U.S. combat troops in Vietnam on March 8, 1965. Today marks another significant date in the Vietnam War: t…

Johnson-Announcement

March 30, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: Obama’s Open Mic Gaffe

Above the Fold. President Obama got himself into hot water this week when he was overhead telling Russian president Dmitri Medvedev he would have “more flexibility” on issues like missile defense aft…

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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

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

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…

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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).