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January 2, 2008

United States
America’s Achilles heel?

Before my September lecture on the relationship (if any) between external debt and external power, I read a lot of Niall Ferguson.  I even used the financial troubles of Egypt’s khedive - troubles Dr…

October 29, 2010

United States
Living Dangerously in Lebanon

Not a lot of time for blogging today. I have a post in the works for the weekend. In the meantime, things are heating up in Lebanon. Hizballah Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, declared today…

Living Dangerously in Lebanon

February 18, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
How to Lose Friends and Not Influence People

The Obama Administration cast its first veto in the United Nations on Friday, February 18, killing a Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlement activity.  Its poor handl…

March 22, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Great Lakes Policy Forum

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May 17, 2011

Technology and Innovation
Open, Interoperable, Secure, and Reliable

Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President Howard Schmidt addresses the White House Launch of the International Strategy for Cyberspace in the Eisenhower Executive Office Buildi…

Howard Schmidt Releases International Strategy for Cyberspace

May 23, 2011

Cybersecurity
Chinese responses to the International Strategy for Cyberspace

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the White House Launch of the International Strategy for Cyberspace in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on May 16, 2011. (Lawrence Jackson…

Secretary Clinton at Release of Cyber Strategy

June 10, 2011

International Organizations
The Dragon and the Eagle at the UN: Limits to Cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao sit across from one another during a September 2009 meeting at the United Nations (Kevin Lamarque/ Courtesy Reuters). --Beijing, Jun…

The Dragon and the Eagle at the UN: Limits to Cooperation

July 18, 2011

International Organizations
U.S. Trade Policy: Is America AWOL?

Activists of NGO's demonstrate the Doha Round before the closing ceremony of the 7th WTO ministerial meeting in Geneva (Denis Balibouse/ Courtesy Reuters). World Bank President Robert Zoellick …

U.S. Trade Policy: Is America AWOL?

August 17, 2011

International Organizations
Nation. Meet Susan Rice.

Nation. Meet Susan Rice. On Monday night, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations was on the Colbert Report. She used typical  UN sovereignty-stealing trickery—like logic and nuance—to “explain”…

August 24, 2011

International Law
Getting Qaddafi to The Hague: The Case for ICC Prosecution

A combination of photos shows Saif al-Islam and his father Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (Reuters Staff/ Courtesy Reuters)   With the collapse of Muammar al-Qaddafi’s regime in Libya, attention h…

Getting Qaddafi to The Hague: The Case for ICC Prosecution