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Hagel on Russia: Engagement, not Isolation

Hagel on Russia: Engagement, not Isolation

“The worst thing we can do, the most dangerous thing we can do is continue to isolate nations, is to continue to not engage nations. Great powers engage.” Foreign Policy compiled a list of “Ten Hagel Quotes You Need to Know,” including the above quote from a keynote speech at the Israel Policy Forum in New […]

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U.S. Recognizes Syrian Opposition

U.S. Recognizes Syrian Opposition

Following the ranks of France, Britain, Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council, President Barack Obama publicly asserted his recognition of the Syrian Opposition Coalition yesterday: [w]e’ve made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of […]

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10 Foreign Policy Issues Facing Obama

10 Foreign Policy Issues Facing Obama

Despite the fact that it’s only the 9th of November, election day is far behind us.  There’s no option of a lame duck for any officials.  The glaringly obvious and ever-pressing question is, of course, what now?  Or, to put it another way, where? Some of the “whats” have snuck their way into kitchen table […]

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Five Favorite Foreign Policy Debate Gaffes

Five Favorite Foreign Policy Debate Gaffes

Monday’s debate on foreign policy marked the end of the presidential debate season for 2012.  Much has been said about past gaffes — both in foreign policy debates and in general — but we’re going to take some time now anyway to reflect on what could have, and what did, go horribly wrong in this […]

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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 2009 protests, Moldova, and the Greek riots in […]

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Foreign Weaponry That Makes Leon Panetta Sad, Pt. 2

Foreign Weaponry That Makes Leon Panetta Sad, Pt. 2

This article is a follow-up to “Three Flops That Make Leon Panetta Sad.” I talked a fair bit last week about the various costly mistakes the U.S. military has made in the context of the upcoming sequestration. A survey conducted by the Program for Public Consultation, the Stimson Center and the Center for Public Integrity […]

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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 will hit both defense and non-defense spending if Congress […]

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1776 and Other Ways to Enjoy the 4th of July

1776 and Other Ways to Enjoy the 4th of July

1776: The Musical (1969; movie 1972) “Waiting for the chirp, chirp, chirp.  Of an eaglet being born.  Waiting for the chirp, chirp, chirp.  On this humid Monday Morning in this Congressional incubator.” The Guardian, probably rightfully, declared that 1776 was “[f]ar too long and mostly terrible, but hilarious.” Now, the real question–why would anyone ever decide to make the Second Continental […]

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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, a former radio DJ, I […]

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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 White House, slow jammed the news, and nominated […]

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Hannah Gais
Hannah Gais

Hannah is assistant editor at the Foreign Policy Association, a nonresident fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the managing editor of ForeignPolicyBlogs.com. Her work has appeared in a number of national and international publications, including Al Jazeera America, U.S. News and World Report, First Things, The Moscow Times, The Diplomat, Truthout, Business Insider and Foreign Policy in Focus.

Gais is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, where she focused on Eastern Christian Theology and European Studies. You can follow her on Twitter @hannahgais

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