World Report

February 2013


Sequestration Could Take Our Army Back to 1940

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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.

Rep. Adam Smith, a Democrat of Washington and the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, has floated a plan on Fox ...

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foreign policy
sequestration
Department of Defense
military
defense spending
Congress
deficit and national debt

Don't Let Sequestration Cut Foreign Aid

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

Much attention has focused on how looming sequestration cuts will harm national defense, but few people understand how sequestration's March 2013 onset will also hurt U.S. foreign assistance programs that ...

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foreign aid
national security
foreign policy
sequestration
diplomacy
Obama administration
terrorism

Al Qaeda's Current Status: Inept, Weakened, But Dangerous

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Andy Liepman, former principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, is a senior policy analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.

The casual observer can be excused for being confused after reading news headlines on al Qaeda over the past few weeks. On one hand, the ...

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foreign policy
Middle East
terrorism
Obama administration
Mali
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
9/11
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Africa
al-Qaida
Islam

As Sudan and South Sudan Inch to War, the U.S. Can't Remain Neutral

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Andrew S. 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 aid
defense spending
State Department
Kerry, John
Sudan
military
foreign policy
national security terrorism and the military

U.S. Can't Wait for a 9/11-Scale Attack to Act on China Cyberspying

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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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cybersecurity
Congress
foreign policy
technology
national security
China

Changing World Climate Requires a Dynamic Foreign Policy

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Lynn Davis is a senior political scientist and director of the Washington office and Andrew Hoehn is senior vice president for research and analysis at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama focused on the need for the country to "continue to ...

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Iran
North Korea
foreign policy
Obama, Barack
terrorism
defense spending
Middle East

Obama's Dangerous, Disingenuous State of the Union Foreign Policy

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Malou Innocent is a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute.

In his fifth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama hit all the main talking points that everyone expected he would. What he did not say, though, should concern many Americans. Numerous polls show that the majority of ...

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foreign policy
Obama, Barack
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
defense spending
sequestration
Middle East
deficit and national debt

Sequester Defense Cuts Would Undermine U.S. World Power

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Evan Moore and Patrick Christy are Senior Policy Analysts at the Foreign Policy Initiative.

President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night comes at a time when the fiscal future of the U.S. Armed Forces hangs perilously in the balance. On March 1, 2013, sequestration cuts mandated by the ...

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foreign policy
defense spending
Department of Defense
sequestration
Obama, Barack
Congress

State of the Union Hints Obama's Way Forward in Afghanistan

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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.

With little surprise, President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address focused mainly on domestic policy issues and ...

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Obama, Barack
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Iraq war (2003-2011)
foreign policy
defense spending
State of the Union

Obama's State of the Union a National Security Disappointment

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

When it comes to foreign and defense policy, the headline coming out of President Obama's first State of the Union in his second term could easily read: "Nothing new here."

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foreign policy
State of the Union
deficit and national debt
defense spending
sequestration

U.S. Drones, Iran Space Monkey Show Increase in Airborne Weaponry

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North Korea's trippy space dream sequence ending in the destruction of New York City. Iran's launching of a monkey into outer space. And debate over the U.S. drone program that allows for the targeted killings of terrorists and American civilians suspected of colluding with them from far, far ...

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foreign policy
North Korea
space
satellites
drones
Obama, Barack
national security
Department of Defense
weapons

Afghanistan's Challenges Show the Limits of U.S. Military Power

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Malou Innocent is a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute.

Foreign policy elites on both sides of the  aisle continually advocate America's leadership role for the sake of spreading democracy. In doing so, they inflate their foresight and ignore the uncomfortable fact that despite the best ...

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foreign policy
Afghanistan
terrorism
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
national security