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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 U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom this week, the Obama administration has called on Turkey yet again 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 free, leaving the U.S. …

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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 in early April. However, Deer Trail’s rejection of “drone hunting” hasn’t stopped Montana state Senator and U.S. House …

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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 started with an Amazon Prime account. …

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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 to “monitor its prickly …

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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 misunderstood and an effective governing tool. While …

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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 2013 “drone speech”: Transfer the U.S. drone program from …

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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 Operations, learned of the United Kingdom’s experiments with remotely-powered …

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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 helicopters to the computers …

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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 most infamous Cold War …

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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 the name of the country …

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How to track U.S. drone strikes from a mobile device

How to track U.S. drone strikes from a mobile device

Persistence proved to be a winning strategy for one app developer this weekend.
Metadata+, data artist Josh Begley’s iOS app that presents “real-time updates on national security,” was approved and released by Apple. The app, formerly known as Drones+, had been rejected by Apple several times prior to its release. In …

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Four things the SOTU missed: Defense edition

Four things the SOTU missed: Defense edition

President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28, addressed a number of foreign policy issues, from Iran, the Israel-Palestine conflict and the winding down of a 13-year war in Afghanistan. There were, however, some significant gaps. Here are three of them:
1.) Military sexual assault
Despite a …

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GCHQ’s Squeaking Dolphins

GCHQ’s Squeaking Dolphins

In addition to leaks about the use of “leaky” mobile apps — including the highly-popular Angry Birds — yesterday’s revelations included a document dump explaining a program called “Squeaky Dolphin.” A slideshow entitled “Psychology A New Kind of SIGDEV” from Britain’s Government Security Headquarters (GCHQ) and obtained by NBC …

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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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