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To Drone, Or Not To Drone—That Is The Question

To Drone, Or Not To Drone—That Is The Question

Over the last 15 years, the fervent embrace of drone strikes have helped the U.S. create the most far-reaching counterterrorism apparatus in history.

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Terrorists Attacks at Home & Abroad, Police Officers Shot Down in Dallas – Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Terrorists Attacks at Home & Abroad, Police Officers Shot Down in Dallas – Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Those events are symptoms of larger problems that need to be addressed by U.S. society.

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One Year On: Iran and the World

One Year On: Iran and the World

One year after the nuclear deal, how has the lifting of sanctions affected regional security after Iran’s return to the international scene?

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Security Context of Illegal Wildlife Trade in East Africa

Security Context of Illegal Wildlife Trade in East Africa

Illegal wildlife trade is of immense value to criminal organizations and armed non-state actors such as al-Shabaab in Somalia.

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The Warsaw Summit and the Future of NATO-Russia Relations

The Warsaw Summit and the Future of NATO-Russia Relations

At a gathering of NATO's defense ministers, it was announced that nearly 4,000 troops forming four battalions would be stationed in the Baltics and Poland.

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The Security Implications of Brexit

The Security Implications of Brexit

A British vote to leave the EU on 23 June would have grave implications for the security of the UK, Europe, and NATO as a whole.

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Chinese Implacable Defiance in the South China Sea

Chinese Implacable Defiance in the South China Sea

Tensions between China and the U.S. in the South China Sea dominated the issues at the now-concluded Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

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A Case of Improper Airmanship

A Case of Improper Airmanship

Coinciding with Kerry's visit to Beijing for high-level security talks, a Chinese fighter jet carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. spy plane.

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Ambiguity Plagues the Shangri-La Dialogue

Ambiguity Plagues the Shangri-La Dialogue

The South China Sea played a prominent role at the Shangri-La Dialogue. However, ambiguity on several issues might prolong these very same tensions.

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The Times Profile That Roiled Washington

The Times Profile That Roiled Washington

A newspaper profile of the President's foreign policy spokesman has created an uproar based on a distorted notion of the role of foreign policy messaging.

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NATO and Russia Increase Contacts, Yet Rift Lingers

NATO and Russia Increase Contacts, Yet Rift Lingers

While continued attempts at dialogue seek that elusive common ground, some transparency and risk-reduction measures are in trial mode to keep open channels.

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NATO Back on Dual-Track?

NATO Back on Dual-Track?

NATO should strengthen both aspects of this renewed dual-track policy—responding to the security needs of its most exposed members, while at the same time advocating dialogue and transparency to diffuse tension in their relations with Russia.

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Russian Resurgence Exacerbates NATO Schisms

Russian Resurgence Exacerbates NATO Schisms

Russian resurgence has planted seeds of conflict both within individual NATO members, as well as between different geographic areas of the alliance.

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Of Muslim Women in India

Of Muslim Women in India

After the 1947 partitioning, one third of the total Muslim population in the British colony were to remain in India. Today, Indian Muslims still have trouble finding their voice and a sense of community.

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Defending The Liberal World Order

Defending The Liberal World Order

In 1939, an article entitled "Mourir pour Dantzig?" ("Why Die for Danzig?") argued that France should avoid war with Germany if the latter seized Poland. Today, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, as well as Russia's belligerent foreign policy, leads us to ask similar questions.

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