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March 15, 2013

Politics and Government
Hello, Xi Jinping: President of China

Good news comes in threes. Just ask Xi Jinping. Back in November he was named Secretary General of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission. Yesterday he picke…

Xi Jinping at a meeting in Beijing on December 27, 2012 (Wang Zhao/Courtesy Reuters).

April 3, 2012

United States
Ask the Experts: Will America ’Win’ in Afghanistan?

Last fall, a two-part question circulated throughout the Pentagon: Can the United States win in Afghanistan? Will the United States win in Afghanistan? In this case, “win” meant accomplishing the st…

Afghan soldier

July 2, 2015

United States
You Might Have Missed: Recent Academic Journal Findings II

Six months ago, I published the first blog in this series, highlighting earlier academic findings. Jeffrey Stamp, “Aero-Static Warfare: A Brief Survey of Ballooning in Mid-nineteenth-century Siege W…

books July 2015

March 23, 2012

Friday File: Cherry Trees Blossom in Washington, DC

Above the Fold. Washington, DC, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tokyo. It was one hundred years ago next Tuesday that Japan’s largest city gave our nation’s capital 3,000 cherry trees to plant along…

The cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin are in full bloom in Washington, DC. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

February 17, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Obama’s Budget Strategy

News photographers shoot stacked copies of President Barack Obama's proposed 2012 federal budget on Capitol Hill, February 14, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) President Obama unveile…

Obama’s Budget Strategy

August 12, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The GOP Debate Meets Budget Math

Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Foreign policy took a back seat to Obama bashing and internal GOP sniping in last night’s Republican presidential debate. Rick Sant…

A farm in the town of Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters)

September 7, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Targeted Killings, and National Security Threats

“Interview with President Obama,” Fox 19, September 6, 2012. Q: Well let me ask then also about the so-called presidential kill list that has gotten a lot of attention…and on that list have been U.S…

President Obama Oval Office

March 9, 2012

Defense and Security
Friday File: The Politics of Iran War Fever

Above the Fold. President Obama used his speech to the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee last Sunday and his White House press conference to take his critics to task f…

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June 10, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Foreign Policy and the 2012 Election

An American flag flown from the USS Monterey. (Bogdan Cristel/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Most presidential elections turn on domestic issues rather than foreign policy ones. The 2012 election…

An American flag flown from the USS Monterey.

July 15, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: Debt, Default, and Denial

Republican Congressional leaders talk to reporters at the White House in January, 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader…

Republican Congressional leaders talk to reporters at the White House in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)