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February 12, 2016

Highlights of the Global Threat Briefings

Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing, “Worldwide Threats,” witnesses: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, February 9,…

September 20, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Benghazi, Syria, and China’s Aid

Art Swift, “For First Time, American’s Views of Russia Turn Negative,” Gallup, September 18, 2013. (3PA: More Americans, 74%, have an unfavorable view of Congress: http://bit.ly/18dXgS1.) Adm…

Attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

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

November 8, 2013

Political Transitions
You Might Have Missed: FAA UAV Roadmap, Salaries of Congress, and Blackwater

“Despite Challenges, Africans Are Optimistic about the Future,” Pew Research, November 8, 2013. The world’s two leading powers, the U.S. and China, enjoy mostly positive images in Africa. Both natio…

Pew China v US Favorability

May 10, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Syrian Air Defenses? Drones, and Benghazi

Olga Khazan, “Interview: NATO Supreme Allied Commander on Syria and Soft Power,” The Atlantic, May 9, 2013. But one strike is a very different proposition than launching a big campaign. The benefit …

Benghazi hearing

July 23, 2012

United States
National Security Leaks and Iranian Revenge

On June 1, 2012, the New York Times featured a remarkable work of journalism by David Sanger that opened with the following revelation: “From his first months in office, President Obama ordered incr…

John McCain

February 13, 2013

United States
State of the Union Defends Targeted Killings

Last night, President Obama’s State of the Union address included the following passage: "Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self. Different al-Qaeda affiliat…

SOTU

December 29, 2011

China
The Top Ten Events that Shook Asia in 2011

The body of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il lies in state at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang. (KCNA/Courtesy Reuters) If there were one word to describe Asia in 2011, it would likely be tr…

 The body of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il lies in state at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang.

June 7, 2010

Fossil Fuels
Obama Needs More Oilmen

President Obama caught some flak last week for appointing former EPA Administration William Reilly to cochair his oil spill commission. Rachel Maddow’s blog has highlighted the fact that Reilly sits …

March 10, 2015

Cybersecurity
Guest Post: Is the Sony Hack the Dawn of Cyber Deterrence?

Ram Levi is the CEO of Konfidas, a cybersecurity consulting firm, and a Senior Fellow at the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. He formerly served as the secretary of the Is…

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