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Green War: China, the U.S. and Rare Earths

Green War: China, the U.S. and Rare Earths

The oil disaster in the Gulf has revived the Obama Administration’s interest in promoting its green technology agenda.  President Obama used the occasion of his recent Oval Office address to restate his view that the U.S. is falling behind China in the race to become the world’s green technology hub, with the implication that legions […]

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A Quick Revision

A Quick Revision

I recently authored a post regarding the crisis in Kyrgyzstan, and it has come to my attention that the piece could be interpreted somewhat differently than I intended.  A clarification is in order. What I was trying to suggest was that U.S. intervention would have been pretty much out of the question no matter who […]

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(Non-World Cup) Africa News

With the beginning of the 2010 World Cup last Thursday in Johannesburg, a large amount of attention has been focused on the quadrennial tournament, which is being hosted on the African continent for the first time since the tournament’s founding in 1930. However, there have been some other stories relating to Africa and U.S. foreign […]

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Trouble in Kyrgyzstan

Trouble in Kyrgyzstan

Things are very bad in Kyrgyzstan right now.  The Central Asian republic recently underwent a dramatic political upheaval that resulted in the replacement of a sitting government for the second time in five years, and it is now experiencing violent ethnic riots targeting Kyrgyzstan’s Uzbek population.  The riots have spiraled out of control to the […]

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America's Turkey Conundrum

America's Turkey Conundrum

The recent Flotilla Affair has sparked a round of reflection regarding Turkey’s role in the Middle East and the wider Muslim world.  The questions being raised suggest that the U.S.-Turkey relationship is in a state of transition as the logic that cemented the alliance during the Cold War gives way to a variety of changing […]

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Fighting the Last War

Fighting the Last War

Multilateralism has been a key feature of Barack Obama’s foreign policy vision since he first entered the political arena.  The recent National Security Strategy correctly characterizes NATO as “the pre-eminent security alliance in the world today”,  and in order to maintain this designation, the Obama Administration states its intention to use NATO’s Strategic Concept Review […]

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Obama to West Point Graduates: "Your efforts have to be complemented"

This past weekend, President Obama delivered the commencement address to West Point’s graduating class of 2010. In it, he stressed to the cadets the importance of diplomatic engagement in addition to military might as part of U.S. national security, saying, “America’s armed forces are adapting to changing times, but your efforts have to be complemented. […]

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The End of the Special Relationship?

The End of the Special Relationship?

Interesting commentary by the Atlantic Council’s James Joyner on what the UK election results will mean for the Anglo-American “Special Relationship” here. Joyner believes the abundance of common interests in the U.S.-UK relationship will ultimately prevent it from fraying too much, and history suggests that he is right.  In addition to those interests, the “Special […]

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Holder Weighs in on Lieberman Bill

Last week, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I – Conn) introduced the “Terrorist Expatriation Act” –  legislation that would allow the State Department to revoke the citizenship of Americans who provide support to a foreign terrorist organization. Yesterday morning, Attorney General Eric Holder and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani discussed last week’s attempted terrorist attack in Times Square […]

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Is Russia's Graduation Day Coming Soon?

Is Russia's Graduation Day Coming Soon?

On April 27, a little-noticed hearing took place on Capitol Hill regarding an important and controversial issue that has been a sore spot in U.S.-Russian relations for some time: the status of the historic Jackson-Vanik Amendment.  Not only is this issue worth examining for its effect on the Obama Administration’s “Russian Reset” agenda, it is […]

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NPT Review Conference Begins

The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons begins in New York today. All of the statements given will be published on the official website. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad was notably not invited to President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit last month, but he will be attending this conference, […]

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U.S. Special Envoy on U.S. Involvement in Post-Election Sudan

Speculation over the likely fraudulent results of Sudan’s April 11-15 elections continues, with a particular focus on what the re-election of incumbent President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir will mean for southern Sudan’s upcoming referendum on independence. Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that mandated these elections also includes the condition that in January 2011, southern Sudan […]

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The Continued Rise of eDiplomacy

The Washington Diplomat gets D.C.-based foreign diplomats to talk in a surprising amount of detail about how Facebook and Twitter fit into their public diplomacy strategies here.

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Let there be light?

An article in today’s New York Times describes the electricity woes of Pakistanis, who are becoming increasingly frustrated with frequent power outages and restrictive new energy-saving measures. Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has assured Pakistan that the United States “will continue to [put more emphasis on energy issues] up to absolute limits […]

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Aaron David Miller on the Peace Process: "Why I'm No Longer a Believer"

Veteran advisor on Arab-Israeli negotiations, Aaron David Miller, details in a Foreign Policy article why he has lost his once-steadfast faith in America’s ability to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Comparing the peace process to a “false religion,” Miller reflects on the fact that each U.S. president since the October 1973 war – most recently President […]

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