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Beyond Kicking In The Door

Beyond Kicking In The Door

“Our own national security toolbox must be well-equipped with more than just hammers.” Robert Gates, US Secretary of Defense US Defense Secretary Robert Gates understands that the challenges America will face in an increasingly multi-polar 21st century  require capabilities that extend beyond traditional combat operations. The U.S. military increasingly finds itself ordered to support peacekeeping, […]

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Start Getting Serious About START

Start Getting Serious About START

Several key Senate Republicans, McConnell, Graham and Kyl are leading the resistance to the ratification of the START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), claiming that the Senate needs more time to review the fine print on the treaty that would specify limits of: – 1,550 deployed warheads, which are about 30% lower than the upper warhead […]

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New START Comes to the Floor

New START Comes to the Floor

Today the U.S. Senate will finally take up New START. There will be a lot of activity on this issue until the final vote as amendments are considered. Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) believe they have enough votes to secure passage (which is to say, enough to prevent a filibuster), and The […]

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Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen: Barking up the Wrong Tree?

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen: Barking up the Wrong Tree?

The incoming chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen signaled a few weeks ago that State Department and foreign aid programs will most likely be cut when she assumes the chairmanship in 2011. In a recent statement, Ros-Lehtinen laid out her agenda, “I have identified and will propose a number of cuts to […]

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Positive Steps From Belarus

Positive Steps From Belarus

A bit of good news on the diplomatic front: The U.S. has persuaded Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko (known as Europe’s Last Dictator) to give up its stocks of highly enriched uranium (HEU).  This is a significant win because Belarus has been a difficult country to deal with in the past, and it is a pretty […]

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Talking North Korea

If you are looking for an illuminating bit of commentary on U.S.-North Korean relations in light of the North’s recent shelling of its southern neighbor from someone who knows quite a bit about the subject, check out this clip of CSIS’ Michael Green on Washington Journal, courtesy of C-SPAN.  Green also wrote a great feature […]

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A New Push on New START

A New Push on New START

This past Tuesday, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) came out against the consideration of New START during the lame duck session stating his desire for greater assurances of support from the Obama Administration for the modernization of U.S. nuclear labs and protection from limitations on U.S. missile defense programs.  That same day, Vice President Biden and […]

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Being Good Neighbo(u)rs?

Being Good Neighbo(u)rs?

Something strange happened at the UN this past week:  Canada ran for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council and, for the first time in more than 50 years, didn’t get it.  Stranger still?  It seems the Obama Administration did not actively campaign on behalf of the U.S.’ Neighbor to the North. The details are […]

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From West to East

From West to East

On a few occasions, I have taken up the subject of how institutional relations among states are affected by events and common missions.  Writing on the Atlantic Council’s New Atlanticist blog recently, Magnus Nordenman offered his views on how the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns may affect transatlantic cooperation in the future.  His basic conclusion: The […]

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U.S. Unions Push Obama on China's Green Tech Policies

U.S. Unions Push Obama on China's Green Tech Policies

A few months ago, I discussed how China’s dominance of the global rare earths market threatens the ability of the U.S. to become a green technology leader.  Now it seems that American steelworker unions are petitioning the U.S. government to open talks with China on the matter, and they are requesting that the Obama Administration […]

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Why the U.S. Keeps Sending Ex-Presidents to North Korea

Why the U.S. Keeps Sending Ex-Presidents to North Korea

How do you pick an envoy for a “rescue” mission to North Korea?  Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin looked at how this question was answered in the most recent case involving former President Jimmy Carter’s mission to Pyongyang to retrieve American citizen Aijalon Mahli Gomes.  It’s a good piece that also details the insider campaigns waged […]

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The U.S. Navy: Winning Friends and Influencing People

The U.S. Navy: Winning Friends and Influencing People

For those interested in the growing U.S.-China rivalry in the South China Sea, a very good read here.  It opens thusly: The nations of Southeast Asia are building up their militaries, buying submarines and jet fighters at a record pace and are edging closer strategically to the United States as a hedge against China’s rise […]

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Missile Shield: A Status Report

Missile Shield: A Status Report

For those looking for an update on the status of the Obama Administration’s Missile Shield plan, the Washington Post had a great one yesterday.  Some highlights: The program will ultimately be a combination approach that will notably include Aegis-Class U.S. Navy ships and an effort to upgrade and link the missile defense systems of allied […]

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Gunboat Diplomacy Returns to Korea

Gunboat Diplomacy Returns to Korea

The United States and South Korea have planned joint exercises in the waters off the Korean Peninsula.  The move is in response to the sinking of a South Korean navy vessel named the Cheonan, which is believed to have been sunk by a North Korean attack.  While the North Koreans are criticizing the move as […]

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Canadian Moment

Canadian Moment

In spite of President Obama’s popularity in Europe, there is a relatively wide gap between the U.S. and Europe on several of the issues tackled at the recent G20 meeting held in Toronto on June 26-27.  This phenomenon creates an opportunity for countries to attempt to bridge the divide between the two sides – a […]

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