World Report

July 2013


Congress Ignores Obama's Attempt to Rein In Military Health Care Spending

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The House of Representatives debated and passed the 2014 defense spending bill this week. The White House has threatened to veto the bill for a variety of reasons, but one stands out: the unsustainable cost of military and retiree benefits.

The president's advisers are encouraging Congress to help ...

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foreign policy
defense spending
Department of Defense
Pentagon
military
military bases
veterans
health care

Recently Retired NATO Commander James Stavridis On Conflict Resolution

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With one-liners like, "We are excellent at launching Tomahawk missiles; we need to get better at launching ideas," it is not hard to appreciate why The New York Times labeled recently retired Admiral James Stavridis a "Renaissance admiral." Labels like "innovator" and "thought leader" may be ...

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foreign policy
fiscal policy
Department of Defense
diplomacy
Snowden, Edward
national security terrorism and the military

U.S. Policy Toward a Nuclear North Korea Should Reflect Reality

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That South Korea and North Korea resumed talks this week, but failed to reignite inter-Korean economic cooperation by reopening the complex at the Kaesong Industrial Zone, puts the fight over the North's nuclear fight program in the political spotlight. The geopolitical importance of North Korea,

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foreign policy
North Korea
nuclear weapons
national security terrorism and the military

Drones and the Future of War in an Age of Austerity

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My first in-the-flesh experience with drones came on a hot night in June of 2006 on an airfield tarmac in Taji, Iraq. Having exited a large CH47 Chinook transport helicopter and now waiting for a bus to take me and fellow soldiers to billeting, a loud, lumbering drone flew overhead at a height of ...

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foreign policy
drones
military
defense spending
Department of Defense
Army
Navy
Pentagon
national security terrorism and the military

Obama's U.S.-EU Trade Agreement Needs More Congressional Oversight

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Framed as the biggest trade deal in the history of the world, trade representatives from the United States and the European Union meet in Washington this week to begin transatlantic trade talks. This is one of two major trade deals on President Barack Obama's docket this year.

The U.S.-EU ...

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foreign policy
international trade
NAFTA
trade
Europe
Peru
Ecuador
Canada
Obama administration
global economy

The U.S. Needs a Permanent Military Inspector General

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The scandal at the Internal Revenue Service illustrates well the critical importance of an inspector general in keeping an administration accountable, regardless of which party holds the presidency. Had it not been for the Office of the Inspector General within the IRS, for example, we would not ...

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foreign policy
Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Department of Defense
defense spending