World Report

December 2012


Big Defense Cuts Are Coming, Regardless of the Fiscal Cliff

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Stuart Johnson and Irv Blickstein are senior policy researchers at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.

Regardless of the final resolution of "fiscal cliff" negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, the Department of Defense is likely to end up facing major budget ...

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foreign policy
fiscal cliff
defense spending
Congress
Obama, Barack
Boehner, John
Department of Defense

The Budget, Afghanistan, and Syria Among Top 2013 U.S. Opportunities

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Michael P. Noonan is the director of the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Earlier, I offered what I see as the four biggest international threats to the United States in 2013. As promised, here are the four ...

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foreign policy
national security terrorism and the military
Syria
Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
deficit and national debt
defense spending

Chuck Hagel Is Mainstream Enough To Be Secretary of Defense

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The mere prospect of the nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense has touched off a raging inside-the-Beltway debate over whether Hagel's views—specifically on the Middle East and Pentagon spending—are sufficiently "mainstream." I'll wait to see who the president nominates before I ...

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foreign policy
Hagel, Chuck
Congress
Obama, Barack
national security
Iran
defense spending
Department of Defense

Talk of a U.S.-Asia 'Pivot' Is Overblown

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Malou Innocent is a foreign policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute. Follow her on Twitter @malouinnocent.

The greatest misperception surrounding Washington's "pivot" to Asia is that America's dominant presence is not already felt there on a regular basis. It is.

The United States plays a ...

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foreign policy
Asia
military
China
Japan
South Korea
North Korea
Vietnam
Obama administration
national security terrorism and the military

Asian Allies Could Be Wary of U.S. on Missile Defense

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Nicholas Grothaus is a junior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. Ilan Berman is the Council’s vice president.

Since the start of the year, the Obama administration has executed a very public pivot to Asia in its foreign policy and defense planning. The shift is more ...

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foreign policy
Asia
Department of Defense
Europe
Russia
North Korea
Iran
China
fiscal cliff

What Obama Should Do About Post-Mubarak Egypt

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Patrick Christy and Evan Moore are senior policy analysts at the Foreign Policy Initiative.

Egypt in the post-Mubarak era poses serious challenges to the interests—and values—of the United States and its partners in the Middle East. The large-scale protests yesterday that forced controversial ...

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Egypt
foreign aid
global economy
foreign policy
Middle East
Obama administration
human rights