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John Oliver takes on U.S. drone policy

John Oliver takes on U.S. drone policy

John Oliver, formerly of “The Daily Show,” took on U.S. drone policy in last night’s episode of “Last Week Tonight.” Rolling Stone described the 12-minute segment as “hilariously sad.”

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ISIS invades midterms

ISIS invades midterms

Just two months before midterm elections, President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will pursue a military campaign in Iraq and Syria has lawmakers rethinking their midterm election efforts.

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Snowden: NSA, not Assad, knocked out Syria’s Internet in 2012

Snowden: NSA, not Assad, knocked out Syria’s Internet in 2012

Thanks to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the pro-Assad and rebel groups can finally stop pointing fingers over a country-wide Internet blackout in Syria in 2012.

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Obama administration to Turkey: Reopen Halki Seminary

Obama administration to Turkey: Reopen Halki Seminary

In an annual report released by the Department of State this week, the Obama administration has yet again pressed Turkey to live up to its commitment as a democracy to ensure religious freedom, citing the need to reopen an Eastern Orthodox seminary that’s been closed for decades.
Turkey is …

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That hiatus on drone strikes in Pakistan? No more.

That hiatus on drone strikes in Pakistan? No more.

Just days after Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) militants attacked the Karachi airport, the U.S. ended its hiatus on drone strikes in Pakistan. Approximately 16 died in the strikes, according to Pakistan’s English-language newspaper Dawn. Both strikes targeted locations in North Warziristan.
For the past several months, Pakistan has been drone-strike …

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Obama meets ASIMO, stares into uncanny valley (UPDATED)

Obama meets ASIMO, stares into uncanny valley (UPDATED)

On Thursday, President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia made a surprise stop at the “uncanny valley” in Japan.
Obama, an avid basketball player, picked up a new sport when he played soccer with Honda’s humanoid ASIMO at Tokyo’s Miraikan science museum. ASIMO, a four-foot, three inches tall robot who weighs in …

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Montana candidate’s campaign ad shoots down drones

Montana candidate’s campaign ad shoots down drones

The Colorado town of Deer Trail that made headlines months ago by proposing issuing hunting licenses to shoot down drones may have tossed out its “unique” anti-surveillance initiative

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Best April Fools Prank: Drone delivery service buzzing near DC

Best April Fools Prank: Drone delivery service buzzing near DC

Washington, D.C. area auto service shop G&C Auto Service previewed its new parts delivery system today, April 1, 2014. And here’s why we’re writing about it on a foreign policy blog: It’s a drone, specifically a DJI Phantom.
According to owner Gregg Caldwell, it …

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South Korea buys F-35s, drones amid tensions in region

South Korea buys F-35s, drones amid tensions in region

On Monday, Mar. 24, news broke that South Korea expects to pay around $6.79 billion for 40 F-35 fighter jets. It also confirmed plans to shell out for four of Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawks. According to Reuters, South Korea will likely use the Hawks …

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Were the Ottomans the “good” imperialists?

Were the Ottomans the “good” imperialists?

In an article entitled “In Defense of Empire” published on March 19, chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor and national correspondent for the Atlantic Robert Kaplan argues we ought to bring back a form of American “imperialism.” Imperialism, he argues, is both …

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Why transferring the drone program to JSOC doesn’t solve all problems

Why transferring the drone program to JSOC doesn’t solve all problems

On March 12, Congressman Adam B. Schiff’s op-ed “Let the Military Run Drone Warfare” ran in the New York Times, pushing an agenda that’s been on the lips of a number of wonks and politicians ever since Obama’s May …

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Cool videos of World War II-era drones

Cool videos of World War II-era drones

One of the first experiments in the United States with remotely-controlled aerial warfare wasn’t in the ’90s or ’00s: It was back in World War II.
During the London Disarmament Conference in 1935, Admiral William Standley, then Chief of Naval …

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DARPA to take on counterfeit goods

DARPA to take on counterfeit goods

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the newest player in the U.S. Defense Department’s war on counterfeit* parts.
Counterfeit parts, particularly electronics, have posed a huge threat for the Department of Defense for years, threatening the integrity a wide variety of systems, from

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What a 1950s CIA manual say about today’s drone war

What a 1950s CIA manual say about today’s drone war

We’re definitely not still stuck in the Cold War (although sometimes it feels that way), but there are some doozies from the mid-1900s that are worth remembering.
In May 1997, the Central Intelligence Agency released a wave of highly-anticipated documents on some of the agency’s …

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Pakistan or “the country in question”?

Pakistan or “the country in question”?

On Monday, February 10, the Associated Press broke a story that the Obama administration is mulling over potentially conducting a drone strike on a U.S. citizen in an unidentified country who is allegedly plotting terrorist attacks. The AP notes that it withheld …

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About the Author

Hannah Gais
Hannah Gais

Hannah is assistant editor at the Foreign Policy Association and the managing editor of ForeignPolicyBlogs.com. Gais is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, where she focused on Eastern Christian Theology and European Studies. You can follow her on Twitter @hannahgais

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