World Report

December 2013


Nixon's Breakthrough With China Is a Lesson for Obama and Iran

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The Nixon administration's 1972 strategic breakthrough to normalizing relations with China – after two decades of hostile confrontation – transformed the dynamics of the Cold War and stabilized East Asia to America's benefit, at least for a time. The current negotiations with Iran designed to ...

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Iran
China
Nixon, Richard M.
nuclear weapons
foreign policy
Obama administration
diplomacy

U.S. Credibility Around the World Damaged by Afghanistan War

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As the December 31st deadline for the U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement gets pushed back, given unresolved disagreements over the post-2014 U.S. presence, it is clear that American clout in Kabul is not what it once was.

American credibility is not simply at risk but has already suffered ...

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foreign policy
national security
War in Afghanistan (2001-)

The American Military Must Keep the Peace Between China, Japan and South Korea

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If you're an Asia-focused security analyst, you've certainly been earning your paycheck these last few months. To wit: In late November, Beijing unilaterally declared an Air Defense Identification Zone over a broad swath of the Pacific Ocean; the U.S. responded by flying two B-52 bombers straight ...

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foreign policy
Asia
Japan
military
China
South Korea
military bases
military strategy

The Future of U.S. Covert Actions After Edward Snowden's Leaks

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A "covert action" is defined in the National Security Act as "an activity or activities of the United States Government to influence political, economic, or military conditions abroad, where it is intended that the role of the United States Government will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly."

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foreign policy
espionage
Manning, Bradley
Snowden, Edward
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
U.S. intelligence