World Report

April 2014


Challenges Persist for Obama in Promoting East African Trade Development

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You have to either admire or look askance at the Obama administration's commitment to Africa. On the one hand, the dollar commitment made to Africa by the administration is but a third of that made by Japan or China, However, the longer I study the Obama plan, the more I am impressed by the daring,

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Africa
trade
international trade
foreign aid
foreign investment
foreign policy
Obama administration

The Afghan National Security Forces Remain a Work in Progress

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International attention is now riveted on the crisis in Ukraine, but another beleaguered U.S. ally is rapidly approaching a critical crossroads as well. As the U.S. military prepares to exit Afghanistan after more than a decade of war, real questions remain about the country’s future. Perhaps most ...

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Afghanistan
military
foreign policy
defense spending
national security terrorism and the military

NATO's Military Capabilities in Europe Should Deter Russian Aggression

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Russia’s occupation of Crimea has created new interest in an issue that was once at the heart of U.S. security policy but has been on hiatus for more than 20 years — the military balance in Europe. The American military presence in Europe has declined precipitously, and its NATO allies universally ...

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Russia
military
Europe
foreign policy
Ukraine
national security terrorism and the military

Russia Hacks a U.S. Drone in Crimea as Cyberwarfare Has Gone Wireless

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Recent reports indicate that Russian forces used hacking to intercept a U.S. surveillance drone flying over the Crimea region of Ukraine in March. Allegedly, hackers were able to sever the connection between the drone and its operator using “complex radio-electronic technology.”

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drones
Russia
cybersecurity
national security
national security terrorism and the military