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The Next Showdown in U.S.-Pakistan Relations

The Next Showdown in U.S.-Pakistan Relations


Fresh tests await the epically dysfunctional partnership
Last month’s agreement on NATO supply routes provided some hope that the two-year long free fall in U.S.-Pakistani relations was at an end.  But new serious tests await the epically dysfunctional partnership.
One sign of the tensions that remain is Islamabad’s mounting accusations …

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The Morality and Effectiveness of U.S. Drone Policy

The Morality and Effectiveness of U.S. Drone Policy

Bradley Strawser, an assistant professor of philosophy at the Naval Postgraduate School, recently (and somewhat predictably) took some flak after the Guardian published a piece in which he appeared to make a fairly unequivocal moral case in support of U.S. drone policy.
“It’s all upside. …

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The Twitterati: When All Else Fails, Bring Out the 140 Characters

The Twitterati: When All Else Fails, Bring Out the 140 Characters

The Arab Spring awoke people to the power of social media in a political context.  Of course, you would have to be living under a rock to think it was the first time Twitter was ever used to coordinate mass protests — it was hugely prominent in Iran during the …

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Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

While not a movie that makes you say “Wow!” Charlie Wilson’s War is a solid film.
Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman are excellent in their roles.
The story revolves around Hanks as Wilson, a United States congressman who likes to party. Wilson appears to be the most unlikely candidate to help people in the developing world which is why this movie is …

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GailForce: Things That Make Ya’ Wanna Go Hmmmm!

GailForce:  Things That Make Ya’ Wanna Go Hmmmm!

As mentioned in my last blog, I’ve been off the grid for a while.  I’m currently in Alabama hanging out with my 85 years young Mom but have been playing catch up with current events.  I have to get up every few minutes and stand in front of her air …

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GailForce: Afghanistan and Iraq Lessons Learned

GailForce:  Afghanistan and Iraq Lessons Learned

Been off the blogosphere for the last month because of a project I was working on.  Thought I’d get back into the saddle by looking into the latest on Afghanistan.  On July 10th in response to a reporter’s question, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said the surge had been a …

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Three Flops That Make Leon Panetta Sad

Three Flops That Make Leon Panetta Sad

Some of the provisions in 2011 Budget Control Act, meaning the failure of the 2011 “supercommittee” to find $1.2 trillion in cuts, are sweeping the media back into a fury of preemptive Armageddon terror.  The rapidly approaching sequestration (a procedure by which automatic spending cuts are implemented)–which …

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Bombies (2001)

Bombies (2001)

 
During the Vietnam War, the United States dropped as many as 2 million tons of cluster bombs on Laos.
It was called a secret air war but was, of course, no secret to the Laotians.
Thousands of people have been killed and wounded by the bombs, which continue to litter the countryside.

What …

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The Iranian Women in American Journalism Project (IWAJ): Golnaz Esfandiari

The Iranian Women in American Journalism Project (IWAJ): Golnaz Esfandiari

Golnaz Esfandiari is a Senior Correspondent at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty‘s (RFE/RL) Central Newsroom. She is the editor of the Persian Letters blog. Golnaz has served previously as Chief Editor of RFE’s Persian-language service: Radio Farda. She also presides over the newsroom’s Asia Desk. Born in …

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The Missing Variable Within the Euro-Atlantic Community: Foreign Policy

The Missing Variable Within the Euro-Atlantic Community: Foreign Policy

2012 has been the year of elections and ideological divisions. France is no exception to the rule. On May 15th, 2012, François Hollande officially became the President of France. His first action was to fly to Berlin, despite the weather, in order to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. …

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The Bear Comes Back Over the Mountain

The Bear Comes Back Over the Mountain

Russia looks to do its part for Afghanistan, and itself
While trigger-happy drones do their part to smooth a coming US drawdown in Afghanistan, pundits and diplomats alike nervously pace the green rooms of news and late-night talk shows. What will a counter-insurgency look like without a stabilizing super power? …

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A “Little America” in Afghanistan

A “Little America” in Afghanistan

I just watched a fascinating video from Reuters TV about a tiny town in Afghanistan named “Little America.”  Located in the Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan, “Little America” was the largest development project in Afghanistan’s history.  First populated by Americans during the Cold War, it was developed to counteract Soviet influence in …

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Kyrgyzstan: Uncertain Future of Manas Transit Center

Kyrgyzstan: Uncertain Future of Manas Transit Center

As NATO is looking for logistic ways to implement the concluded strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan, which extends its participation in the region beyond pullout timeline of 2014, Kyrgyzstan regains leverage over Russia and the United States, considering it hosts military bases for both countries. However, this time Kyrgyz new …

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Thoughts prior the 2012 NATO Summit

Thoughts prior the 2012 NATO Summit


The countdown is on. In three days, Chicago will be hosting the 2012 NATO summit from May 20th to 21st. New figures will be traveling to Chicago, among them the newly elected French President François Hollande. Prior to the beginning of the Summit, this piece will …

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The Curious Case of Khaled El-Masri

The Curious Case of Khaled El-Masri

 
The following is a guest post from James A. Goldston, Executive Director of the Open Society Justice Initiative
 
Strasbourg – The United States government has been trying for close to a decade to hush up what it did to Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen whose story of mistaken identity, abduction and abuse marks …

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