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June 28, 2007

Visiting Brazil - the energy issue

Energy is not just an important domestic policy issue in Brazil, but has also been a key element of its foreign policy. While Brazil has an admirable mix of energy sources - including hydroelectric, …

November 13, 2009

United States
Unfinished Business: The Futenma Story

As President Obama gets ready to visit Tokyo, much of the media coverage focuses on the high politics of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Is this tension a temporary affliction caused by the transition in To…

March 1, 2010

South Korea
The United States and South Korea: Challenges and Remedies for Wartime Operational Control

Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. is Professor of International Relations at Marine Corps Command and Staff College. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the of…

39th Security Consultative Meeting

March 24, 2010

Defense and Security
Welcome Move on Mexico's Drug Wars

On their high octane visit to Mexico City yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and senior administration officials formally announced changes in U.S.-Mexico security cooperation that had bee…


April 10, 2010

Climate Change
Krugman on Climate: The Good

Paul Krugman’s essay in tomorrow’s New York Times Magazine is generating a lot of buzz. I like it more than most of what’s written on climate and economics these days, but I’ve still got a few rese…

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

April 22, 2010

U.S. Goes Low-Tech On China Exports

Over the past decade, trade between the United States and China has grown dramatically while also becoming significantly more imbalanced. The United States ran a bilateral trade deficit with China …

U.S. Goes Low-Tech On China Exports

April 28, 2010

Will a Climate Bill Cost Iran $100 Million a Day?

A big new talking point has emerged in the battle for a climate bill. Reuters reports: “[Senator John] Kerry also has been casting the climate debate in national security tones. He joined veterans…

April 30, 2010

The Other 1.6 Billion

As (some) Americans focus their attention on addressing climate change and energy security, it’s easy to forget that a quarter of the world (about 1.6 billion people) have absolutely no access to ele…

May 14, 2010

Climate Change
In Defense of CCS

Bashing carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a popular game these days. The latest installment is a Robert Bryce op-ed in today’s New York Times. It presents the standard arguments against CCS w…