Monthly Archives: January 2013

Our First and Scariest Inaugural Address, Courtesy of the Puritans

Our First and Scariest Inaugural Address, Courtesy of the Puritans by Tom Geoghegan Obama should take some cues from John Winthrop’s speech about the “City upon a Hill.” John Winthrop (Wikimedia Commons) As Obama and his staff thumbed through the … Continue reading

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Clear and Present Safety

Last August, the Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney performed what has become a quadrennial rite of passage in American presidential politics: he delivered a speech to the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His message was rooted in … Continue reading

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Lean Forward

Lean Forward In Defense of American Engagement By Stephen G. Brooks, G. John Ikenberry, and William C. Wohlforth January/February 2013 . Since the end of World War II, the United States has pursued a single grand strategy: deep engagement. In … Continue reading

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Pull Back

Pull Back The Case for a Less Activist Foreign Policy Barry R. Posen BARRY R. POSEN is Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Despite a decade of … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Kurds

Revenge of the Kurds Breaking Away From Baghdad Joost R. Hiltermann JOOST R. HILTERMANN is Deputy Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group and Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for International Studies. … Continue reading

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Getting to Yes With Iran

Foreign Affairs Jan/Feb 2013 It might be wise for the United States to resign itself to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and to focus on deterring the Islamic Republic from ever using them. But U.S. leaders have explicitly rejected that … Continue reading

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Jihadists’ Surge in North Africa Reveals Grim Side of Arab Spring

WASHINGTON — As the uprising closed in around him, the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi warned that if he fell, chaos and holy war would overtake North Africa. “Bin Laden’s people would come to impose ransoms by land and sea,” … Continue reading

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Mali: France’s Afghanistan?

> Mali could become France’s Afghanistan > > The hostage drama in an Algerian gas field is a brutal reminder of the > perils of western intervention. A French military operation in Mali, a > country whose difficulties were largely … Continue reading

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Inside Out Security

> A couple of other thoughts: > > 1) Following along the logic of Ramos, we too have shifted from outside to in; specifically, from capabilities to context. It’s no longer enough to understand the Syrian Air Defense grid, we … Continue reading

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Security ‘diamond’ central to peace and prosperity in Asia

TAIPEI TIMES January 02, 2013 Security ‘diamond’ central to peace and prosperity in Asia China’s growing naval and territorial expansion may be discouraged by the formation of a security ‘diamond’ made up of Australia, India, Japan and Hawaii By Shinzo … Continue reading

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