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Germany’s Arms Sales On The Rise

Germany’s Arms Sales On The Rise

When one reads the words ‘arms sales’ or ‘weapon systems sold’, one does not usually expect to see the word ‘Germany’ close by. Though it may be quiet global arms dealer, for the past several years (2007-2011) Germany has been the world’s third largest arms exporter. …

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This Is No Spontaneous Uprising

This Is No Spontaneous Uprising


Over the last several decades, a variety of movements have arisen in the Arab and Islamic countries–a radical nationalism (Baath socialist, Marxist, pan-Arab, and so forth) and a series of Islamist movements (meaning Islamic fundamentalism in a political version). The movements have varied hugely and have even gone …

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Presidential Candidate Romney: AWOL on Afghanistan War

Presidential Candidate Romney: AWOL on Afghanistan War

The United States has been fighting a war in Afghanistan for over ten years. Over 2,000 our bravest men and women have died there during that time period. We still have over 60,000 troops on the ground fighting in the land that hosted Al Qaeda’s leadership a decade …

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The Olympics and Great Power Competition

The Olympics and Great Power Competition

The Olympics have finally concluded. These 2012 London Olympics will be remembered in many ways: NBC’s recorded coverage, Michael Phelps, Gabby’s 10,000 watt smile, 100 foot tall Voldemort, Usain Bolt, and British rock band after British rock band performing with strange props. It was an inspiring couple of weeks, and …

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Middle East Realignment: Great Decision’s Takeaways

Middle East Realignment: Great Decision’s Takeaways

I recently had the pleasure of leading a Great Decision’s group meeting that covered Augustus Norton’s chapter on the Middle East Realignment, AKA “Arab Spring: Where are We Now”? Our group had an excellent discussion and, as could be expected, jumped around to numerous subtopics within …

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US-India: Take a Breath

US-India: Take a Breath


Like after a good first date, expectations can get a little out of hand when it comes burgeoning alliances between states. In the late 90′s relations between the US and India began to thaw (agreed to date), through the 2000s, as the two sides’ interests began …

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Afghanistan War Support and the Commander in Chief

Afghanistan War Support and the Commander in Chief


You may have heard that things are going poorly in Afghanistan. Is it true, maybe, maybe not. In either case, what you likely have not heard is any of this from President Obama. The President has spoken very little of the war in Afghanistan …

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American Dynamism Vs. Chinese Statism

American Dynamism Vs. Chinese Statism


One does not have to look hard to find publications or experts pronouncing or describing an America in decline. They have now become ubiquitous and in many circles pass for the conventional wisdom of the day. In a similar vein, it is not that hard to …

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Robert Kagan: The World America Made Video

Robert Kagan: The World America Made Video

Foreign policy scholar Robert Kagan has a new book, The World America Made, and surprise, surprise he’s out on the speech circuit promoting it. Below is a video of Mr. Kagan being interviewed by David Gregory of Meet the Press and semi-debated by New York Times …

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American and Chinese Defense Budgets: Big Spending and Slight Cutting Can Make a Big Difference

American and Chinese Defense Budgets: Big Spending and Slight Cutting Can Make a Big Difference


I saw these two reports within a few minutes of each other and the contrast wasn’t exactly hard to see. The first piece detailed China’s rapidly increasing military spending:
China’s defense budget will double by 2015, making it more than the rest of the Asia …

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US Cold War Satellites: Keep the Peace?

Thanks to Real Clear History, I found this fascinating story about how the United States used spy satellites to map Soviet Russia’s territory during the Cold War. It is from The Atlantic magazine and features an informative video that explains the 1950′s program in a very …

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China’s Princelings and the CCP

China’s Princelings and the CCP


If you are one of the few to hold a high place in the Chinese Communist Party life has to be good. You are running one of the world’s greatest powers and you don’t have to worry about elections next Fall, or the next Fall, or the…However, there …

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Persian Gulf’s Big and Lil’

Persian Gulf’s Big and Lil’

I recently came across two worthwhile pieces on Persian Gulf states punching above their weight. The first is a New York Times analysis of Qatar, the lil’ oil rich country that could:
Qatar is smaller than Connecticut, and its native population, at 225,000, wouldn’t fill Cairo’s bigger …

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Iran: Forgotten No More

Iran: Forgotten No More


Iran is back in the news again: bungled attempt to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US on American territory, IAEA’s upcoming report which is expected to detail how the Islamic Republic is working toward a nuclear weapon’s program, President Ahmadinejad’s growing feud with the Supreme Leader, and …

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Adm. Mike Mullen Speaks Out On Pakistan’s ISI’s Duplicity

Adm. Mike Mullen Speaks Out On Pakistan’s ISI’s Duplicity


Speaking of modern challenges, during a Congressional hearing, Adm. Mike Mullen made some damning accusations of the Pakistani government’s role, particularly the ISI, in some serious attacks on American targets:
The remarks by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, represented the …

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About the Author

Patrick Frost
Patrick Frost

Patrick Frost recently graduated from New York University's Masters Program in Political Science - International Relations. His MA thesis analyzed the capabilities and objectives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Central Asia and beyond and explored how these affected U.S. interests and policy.

Areas of Focus:
Eurasia, American Foreign Policy, Ideology, SCO

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