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Obama: Can the “Lonely Guy” Be an Effective Foreign Policy Leader?

Obama: Can the “Lonely Guy” Be an Effective Foreign Policy Leader?

In earlier posts (herehere,here and here), I’ve argued that the Obama administration’s national security process is plagued by extreme insularity, centralization and politicization.  Ultimately, however, these institutional problems are a reflection of the person sitting in the Oval Office.
The deepening Obamacare fiasco has raised …

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Congress Models Itself on the Cuban Missile Crisis

Congress Models Itself on the Cuban Missile Crisis

The politics of the U.S. Congress can be harsh, but we do not usually associate it with the adversarial bargaining of international relations theory, much less with the tactics of “brinkmanship,” as Secretary of State John Foster Dulles used to call it. Times have changed. What we have been seeing …

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The Thatcher Legacy and Complex Pictures of Friendship

The Thatcher Legacy and Complex Pictures of Friendship

Beneath a vaulted marble sky adorned in constellations of angels, dragons, man and beast, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s coffin spent the evening before her funeral cloaked in the Union Jack inside the neo-gothic Chapel of St. Mary Undercroft.  Parliament, the starting block of Thatcher’s rise to iconic power, …

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Horses, Bayonets … and COWS?

Horses, Bayonets … and COWS?

With our third and final electoral pageantry behind us, Americans can now gorge on a spate of lucid and provocative articulations of global security in the 21st century.  That is, for those bothering to read below the fold.  For most of us, our interest peaked with the morning headlines whose …

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God Forbid, Gulnara Karimova Has No Talent: The Music Tastes and Exploits of Dictators

God Forbid, Gulnara Karimova Has No Talent: The Music Tastes and Exploits of Dictators

Googoosha: When Totalitarianism isn’t Enough
I first discovered Googoosha through The Daily Beast.
At first, it was impossible not to laugh; after all, one of the world’s worst dictators having daughter aspiring to be a pop diva is a bit hard to believe.  Perhaps as a music lover and, I guess, …

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Powell Wants You to “Call Him, Maybe”

Powell Wants You to “Call Him, Maybe”

“Those guys didn’t think I would do it. I told you I was going to do it!”
That’s what internet-savvy President Obama said in New York City several months ago after belting out a few lines from Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”  He’s sung at the Apollo and the

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Romney Loses His First Foreign Policy Debate

Romney Loses His First Foreign Policy Debate

“Romney is a risk when it comes to foreign policy and national security,” read bullet number three in an email titled, “Five things you should know about Mitt Romney,” sent by President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina to supporters Wednesday. Mitt Romney took on the role of presumed …

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