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Neutrality is No Longer an Option

Neutrality is No Longer an Option

Photo: POOL/Reuters
As a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China has sometimes drawn criticism for the use of its veto to forestall other nation’s interference in the affairs of its allies. Recently, Beijing was …

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The Lives of Others: Does Patriot Act Give NSA Authority to Tap Your Phone?

The Lives of Others: Does Patriot Act Give NSA Authority to Tap Your Phone?

 

The Lives of Others,” a film documenting the workings of a surveillance state run by the Stasi, the secret domestic spymasters who kept the Soviet lid on in East Germany from the end of World War II until the wall came …

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Strategic Stability in Cyberspace

Strategic Stability in Cyberspace

The unclassified version of the 2013 Annual Report to Congress on the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China provides a glimpse of the military build-up and capabilities of China in the second decade of the 21st century:
“The U.S. Department …

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GailForce: President Obama’s Terrorism and National Security Strategy Part II

GailForce:  President Obama’s Terrorism and National Security Strategy Part II

This week marks the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Midway.  The battle took place 4 – 7 June  in 1942 and proved to be the turning point in the war against Japan, just 6 months following the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Winston Churchill summed it up best:
“This …

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Obama’s NDU Speech: Implications for Tehran

Obama’s NDU Speech: Implications for Tehran


The major speech on counter-terrorism policy President Obama delivered last week at the National Defense University has generated a great deal of commentary about its implications for drone strikes and Guantanamo detainees. Little …

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Governments Race to Delink Rigby Murder from Support for Free Syrian Army & al Nusra

Governments Race to Delink Rigby Murder from Support for Free Syrian Army & al Nusra

Am I lucky or what? Made it through Heathrow, UK airport security, and onto the plane headed back for the US a measly 48 hours before a British-born Islamic extremist of Nigerian extraction drove his car over a British soldier outside the Woolwich Artillery Barracks and then tried to hack the victim’s head off with a rusty meat cleaver. Across the pond, before the UK went into shock, and Cameron’s government into an emergency meeting designed to address what common-sense suggests might be the response of the British people: rage and retaliation. . .

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GailForce: President Obama’s Terrorism and National Security Strategy

GailForce:  President Obama’s Terrorism and National Security Strategy

Photo: Getty Images
On 23 May, President Obama gave a long awaited and much overdue talk on his strategy for conducting the war on terrorism.  I thought it was one of the best speeches he’s given.  He did a great job laying out his view …

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A Death in London and Extremism Within

A Death in London and Extremism Within

A colorful mosaic of flower petals brightens an otherwise grim corner in the Woolwich section of London.  Its mirror image rests outside a quiet home in Middleton, Greater Manchester.  Each bouquet serves as a worthy tribute to both the beautifully adorned uniform of an Army Drummer and the character of …

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“Self-Radicalization,” the Boston Bombings, and Why Nobody is to Blame

“Self-Radicalization,” the Boston Bombings, and Why Nobody is to Blame

I like to write my own blogs, and too often have too much to say to readers who want it short and sweet. But the push to attribute past and future attacks on U.S. citizens on U.S. to “self-radicalization” is the kind of linguistic legerdemain too sweet not to invite …

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Solving Syria – A dilemma for the West

Solving Syria – A dilemma for the West

With nearly 70,000 dead Syrians since the beginning of the unrest, the Syrian conflict certainly join a select group of international massacres. At this path Samathan Power will have enough facts and material in order to write volume two of “A problem from Hell” looking …

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Jaws, Nuclear Weapons, and Cyber War

Jaws, Nuclear Weapons, and Cyber War

“It’s all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, ‘Huh? What?’ You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.” In the summer of 1975, the budding auteur, Steven Spielberg, created a virtual panic at America’s beaches with ingeniously crafted screen images of a certain …

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Mogadishu, Boston and the ‘Pavlovian Response’

Mogadishu, Boston and the ‘Pavlovian Response’

The recent terrorist attacks that took place in Mogadishu and Boston were not just intended to kill and mutilate many civilians, but to create widespread terror, disarray, and insecurity that would last far beyond the initial shock of these bloody events. It goes without saying — anyone who takes part …

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Red Line Blues: North Korea, Iran and Syria

Red Line Blues: North Korea, Iran and Syria

A defining moment for Mr. Obama’s foreign policy legacy is fast approaching
From the Levant and the Persian Gulf to the Korean peninsula, events in recent weeks have offered a clinic in the difficulty of enforcing red lines on rogue regimes and their weapons of mass destruction, as well as how …

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GailForce: United States/China: A Slight Thaw in Cyber Relations?

GailForce:  United States/China:  A Slight Thaw in Cyber Relations?

I’ve been reading an awesome book about Winston Churchill called The Last Lion by William Manchester and Paul Reid.  One of the many things in the book that jumped out at me was a quote from a speech Churchill gave in Nov. 1942 after British forces defeated Rommel and his …

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U.S. Scrambles to Control Boston Marathon Investigation and Control Media Coverage. Why?

U.S. Scrambles to Control Boston Marathon Investigation and Control Media Coverage.  Why?

Bostonians are stunned by the marathon “pressure cooker bombings” that killed three people, including an eight-year-old boy, and injured hundreds of others — spectators and participants — with the kinds of battlefield injuries we’ve only read about until now in reports about Afghanistan and Iraq — shrapnel injuries, amputations, burns …

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Senior Blogger

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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