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November 10, 2011

The Scope of the Problem: How Much Does Cyber Espionage Cost the United States?

Abacus. (Andreas Rodler/Courtesy Flickr) There was an important point in last week’s report on foreign economic collection and industrial espionage that I did not have a chance to get to in my origi…


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)

July 12, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Defections and Diplomacy, Egypt’s Power Struggles

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. UN Security Council members today began discussing a draft resolution on Syria in New York. Russia and the Western nations on the 15-member council have d…

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad meets UN Syria peace envoy Kofi Annan in Damascus on July 9, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

December 4, 2012

International Organizations
UN Control of the Internet? An Idea Whose Time Will Never Come

The Persian Gulf is receiving plenty of press this week, as climate negotiators debate in Doha and political turmoil buffets Bahrain. But another important drama is unfolding in Dubai, where more tha…

Internet cables are seen at a server room in this picture illustration taken in Warsaw

October 16, 2012

United States
TWE Remembers: JFK Learns that Soviet Missiles Are in Cuba (Cuban Missile Crisis, Day One)

Hillary Clinton famously ran a political attack ad during the 2008 primary campaign saying that a president had to be prepared for a 3:00 a.m. phone call saying that something bad had happened overse…

Map of Cuba annotated by President John F. Kennedy during his first CIA briefing on October 16, 1962.  The map is displayed at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts. (Brian Snyder/ courtesy Reuters)

February 7, 2013

International Law
“Smuggler Nation”: America’s Illicit History Exposed

Smuggling may not be the world’s oldest profession, but it must rank a close second. For as long as political authorities have sought to control borders, criminal networks have tried to circumvent th…

Tallship The Grande Turk trails Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's ship HMS Endurance ...

June 7, 2013

Defending an Open, Global Internet: China Is Not the Only Challenge, But Is a Big One

Yesterday the Council on Foreign Relations released a new Task Force Report, "Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet." The report, co-chaired by Ambassador John Negroponte, former …

Task Force Report: Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet

December 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
No Christmas for South Sudan

The current crisis in South Sudan escalated on December 15, when President Salva Kiir accused his long-time political rival former vice president Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Since then, there h…

(L-R) Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta meet in the capital Juba December 26, 2013.

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

May 16, 2014

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Space Fence, Counter-UAV Technologies, and Nigeria

Eric Schmitt and Brian Knowlton, “U.S. Officials Question Ability of Nigeria to Rescue Hostages,” New York Times, May 15, 2014. Even as terrorist groups throughout the world have engaged in more kid…

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