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Catching Kony

Catching Kony

 
If “November is LRA month” then “2012 is Joseph Kony year.” On March 5, 2012, Invisible Children, the non-profit organization making headlines for its efforts to bring peace and justice to the conflict in Northern Uganda, launched KONY 2012, “a film and campaign …

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Targeted Killings and the Law of War

Targeted Killings and the Law of War

I recently had the privilege to attend an event sponsored by The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program entitled, “Targeted Killings and the Law of War.”  The roundtable discussion brought …

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Phobos-Grunt

Phobos-Grunt

The first major space-related event of 2012 is upon us. The failed Russian Mars probe, Phobos-Grunt, crash landed today in the Pacific Ocean – or was it the Atlantic Ocean? After months of speculation, even the experts seem to disagree about the final resting place of …

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Year in Preview: Looking Up in 2012

Year in Preview:  Looking Up in 2012

Still sticking to those new year’s resolutions? Me neither. That’s why I’m looking forward to living vicariously through the 2012 “resolutions” of some major players in space. So what lies ahead – or above – in 2012?
Space Junk 2.0
Keep your head up on January 15th. Literally. That’s when the …

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Shenzhou, Meet Tiangong

Shenzhou, Meet Tiangong

Maybe this year we should have all dressed up as a Chinese rocket for Halloween. It turns out it would have been an appropriate costume. On October 31, 2011, approximately one month after launching the Tiangong-I experimental space laboratory, China successfully launched its Shenzhou XIII rocket …

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The Ayatollah’s Monkey Begs to Differ

The Ayatollah’s Monkey Begs to Differ

After months of announcements, postponements, and global speculation, the news out of Iran quotes Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-Nouri: “The Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live animal (a monkey) was launched during Shahrivar [August 23 - September 22]. However, the launch was not publicized …

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54 Years After Sputnik: Where Do Things Stand?

54 Years After Sputnik: Where Do Things Stand?

This week is World Space Week, which, among other things, commemorates the successful launch of Sputnik-I, the Soviet satellite that marked the dawn of the space age. In the immediate aftermath of the launch, the reaction from the United States was swift and far-reaching. The Association of American Universities

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China Goes Up

China Goes Up

On Thursday, September 29, 2011 the China Manned Space Engineering Office (China’s version of NASA) plans to launch Tiangong-1 into space. According to CMSE, Tiangong-1, “will be mainly used to carry out the rendezvous and docking test, so as to master the technologies relating to the …

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One Small Step

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About the Author

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson

Eric received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware where he majored in International Relations with a concentration on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. He is pursuing a Master of Science degree from The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University. Eric has managed a variety of international education and training development programs for students, teachers, business leaders, and government officials on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, and various private sponsors. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East.

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