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Internet Censorship in China

Internet Censorship in China

Across the world, internet users remain concerned — probably increasingly so — about what it might mean to lose control over their personal information online. In the United States, these fears may translate into efforts to make personal data more secure and even less permanent, through efforts such as the …

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Red Lines, Syria, and Rhetoric

Red Lines, Syria, and Rhetoric

“Kennan believed that language helped make policy and that vague, expansive language would lead to vague, expansive policy,” writes author Nicholas Thompson in a 2012 Foreign Affairs article about Cold War strategist George Kennan.
As the humanitarian situation in Syria gets even worse, as questions over …

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Innovation in the U.S., Innovation in China

Innovation in the U.S., Innovation in China

President Obama’s decision to take a five percent pay cut to express solidarity with federal workers affected by the sequester is just one more reminder of the many economic challenges that the United States confronts, some of them a consequence of recent political …

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How Americans Are Making Sense of Remote Warfare

How Americans Are Making Sense of Remote Warfare

Currently, remote warfare — namely, drone warfare and issues around cyber attacks — is occupying a large part of the national security debate in the United States. Developments like the Mandiant report, which implicated China’s military in cyber attacks on U.S. business and …

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Secretary Kerry and Global Public Opinion

Secretary Kerry and Global Public Opinion

With Secretary Kerry currently traveling on his inaugural trip overseas as secretary of state, the Pew Center has compiled data on public opinion of the U.S. in the countries that he is visiting. Public opinion in the various countries on his …

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State of the Union, State of Foreign Policy

State of the Union, State of Foreign Policy

As many of us here at foreignpolicyblogs.com noted during the presidential race, this was an election centered around the economy and not foreign policy. Tuesday night’s State of the Union address continued this dynamic, with foreign policy issues receiving only a passing mention.
I expected …

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The Economics of U.S. Foreign Policy

The Economics of U.S. Foreign Policy

On January 24, during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of state, Senator John Kerry discussed the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and the U.S. economy. In well-phrased remarks that I expect will be quoted for some time to come, he noted:
…as a …

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A Long Road Ahead for France in Mali

A Long Road Ahead for France in Mali

 
In light of France’s recent involvement in Mali, questions about the trajectory and length of this war are naturally coming to the fore. For me, a phrase that I keep thinking about is “the law of conservation of problems,” which comes from an environmental science

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Year in Review: Twitter and Foreign Policy

Year in Review: Twitter and Foreign Policy

When I think back to 2012, I will inevitably think back to Twitter as the lens through which I saw elections, natural disasters, and major political events unfold. When it comes to foreign policy and cross-border issues, Twitter is playing more of a role than ever.  Highlights from the past …

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Thoughts on the Light Footprint Strategy

Thoughts on the Light Footprint Strategy

With President Obama’s second term around the corner, it is a perfect moment to look back at the administration’s so-called “light footprint” strategy – a military strategy characterized by the use of targeted tactics like drone strikes and the avoidance of large-scale, on-the-ground intervention.  As journalist David Sanger

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In Case You Missed It: Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index

In Case You Missed It: Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index

How corrupt is your government? This week, Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, a measure of “perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries worldwide.” Some results are simply unsurprising: out of 176 …

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President Obama’s Visit to Myanmar

President Obama’s Visit to Myanmar

Having visited Myanmar years ago when it seemed uncertain when or if political change would occur, I find it fascinating to watch the ongoing democratization of Myanmar, which continued to unfold this week with President Obama’s historic trip and meeting with Aung San …

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A Few Thoughts on the Eve of the Election

A Few Thoughts on the Eve of the Election

As with many Americans, my attention is divided between the election and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As fellow New Yorkers and others on the Eastern seaboard work to regain electricity, find transportation, resume their daily routines, and in some cases, cope with devastating losses, election officials are trying to …

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Questions Remain After the Final Presidential Debate

Questions Remain After the Final Presidential Debate

“In the words of my mom, ‘Go vote.’ It makes you feel big and strong.” With this inspiring statement from moderator Bob Schieffer, the final presidential debate concluded, leaving two weeks left until November 6.
The third debate, on foreign policy, reinforced the major theme of this election: job creation. Throughout …

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Thoughts on Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech

Thoughts on Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech

On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has faced accusations of being vague about the policies he would pursue as president. Today, in his foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute, he appeared to deliberately emphasize detail, particularly on defense issues, though some

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About the Author

Julia Knight
Julia Knight

Julia Knight is a graduate of Yale's Ethics, Politics & Economics program and a proud resident of New York City. She grew up as an American expatriate in Singapore and has traveled extensively, mostly in Asia and the Middle East. Professional experience ranges from criminal justice research at a public defender in the South Bronx to foreign policy research at a think tank to local government in Connecticut. She is interested in the ways that U.S. foreign policy and U.S. domestic policy interact, particularly in terms of American competitiveness, foreign citizens' perceptions of the United States, and job creation at home and abroad. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, swimming, visiting New York's museums, and trying to learn Persian.

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