World Report

January 2013


U.S. Economic Instability Compromises Its Foreign Policy Influence

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C. Richard Neu is a senior economist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.

The way America flexes it economic muscle around the world is changing dramatically—and not necessarily for the better.

In 1997, facing a wave of sovereign debt defaults, the International Monetary Fund asked its ...

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foreign policy
Europe
diplomacy
Department of Defense
national security
deficit and national debt
economy
global economy

Will Kerry and Hagel Thrive at State and Defense? Not Likely.

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Daniel Gallington is the senior policy and program adviser at the George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, Va. He served in senior national security policy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Justice, and as bipartisan general counsel for the U.S. Senate Select ...

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foreign policy
Senate
national security
Kerry, John
Hagel, Chuck
national security terrorism and the military

Mali, Algeria, and the Threat of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

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Andrew Natsios is an executive professor at the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, and the author of  Sudan, South Sudan and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know. Natsios served as administrator of the U.S.

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foreign policy
Mali
Algeria
Africa
Islam
terrorism
al-Qaida
Obama administration
national security terrorism and the military

Rand Paul Tailoring His Foreign Policy Views for a 2016 Run

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A former United Nations correspondent, Leslie Pitterson is currently working on the production of the Great Decisions in Foreign Policy television series on PBS. You can follow her on Twitter @lesliepitterson.

One of the most memorable moments during Wednesday's heated congressional hearings on ...

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foreign policy
Israel
Clinton, Bill
Kerry, John
2016 presidential election
politics
Paul, Ron
Paul, Rand
Obama, Barack
Republican Party
tea party

The Military Lost in the Fiscal Cliff Deal

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Mackenzie Eaglen is a resident fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Headlines indicated that the new year's fiscal cliff deal was a reprieve for the U.S. military, which pushed back sequestration by two months. The reality is that the latest ...

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foreign policy
defense spending
military
fiscal cliff
Congress
Boehner, John
Obama, Barack
deficit and national debt

Solutions to Threats From Iran, North Korea, and al Qaeda

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Dr. Lamont Colucci is an associate professor of politics at Ripon College, recent Fulbright Scholar to the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and author of The National Security Doctrines of the American Presidency: How they Shape our Present and Future, among other books. You can find out more at

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foreign policy
Iran
North Korea
China
Mexico
terrorism
energy
Japan
al-Qaida
Iraq
Afghanistan
Middle East
Israel
Palestine
NATO
Europe

Brennan, Hagel, Kerry, and Obama's Second Term Foreign Policy

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

While much has been written about the suitability, or unsuitability, of Chuck Hagel or John O. Brennan to be the next secretary of ...

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foreign policy
Obama, Barack
Hagel, Chuck
Kerry, John
Department of Defense
defense spending
deficit and national debt
Biden, Joe

Benghazi Shows State Department Must Rethink Public Diplomacy

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Robert Schadler is senior fellow in public diplomacy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C.

Buried deep in the report of the Accountability Review Board convened by outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to examine the tragic events that took place this fall in Benghazi,

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foreign policy
State Department
Libya
Clinton, Hillary
national security terrorism and the military

U.S. Should Go Nuclear Against Terrorists and Their State Sponsors

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Daniel Gallington is the Senior Policy and Program Adviser at the George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, Va. He served in senior national security policy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Justice, and as bipartisan general counsel for the U.S. Senate Select ...

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foreign policy
terrorism
Department of Defense
Afghanistan
nuclear weapons
Panetta, Leon
bin Laden, Osama
Pakistan

How the Fiscal Cliff Will Affect Foreign Policy Initiatives

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Christopher Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.

The last-minute budget deal approved by the departing 112th Congress delayed, but did not avert, military spending cuts. The major foreign policy initiatives in the new year and beyond will be ...

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foreign policy
defense spending
fiscal cliff
Syria
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Obama, Barack
Congress
Iran
China

Al Qaeda, North Korea, and Other National Security Threats in 2013

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Dr. Lamont Colucci is an associate professor of politics at Ripon College, recent Fulbright Scholar to the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and author of The National Security Doctrines of the American Presidency: How they Shape our Present and Future, among other books. You can find out more at

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foreign policy
Iran
Afghanistan
energy
Mexico
China
Israel
Palestine
Japan
Russia
North Korea
terrorism
al-Qaida
Iraq
Middle East