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Democracies Can Hit the Pause Button

Democracies on both sides of the Atlantic are facing challenges — causing chatter amongst pundits about decline or dissolution.

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Making Biography in Foreign Policy: Elections 2012

This year’s slew of elections and other leadership selection processes will see new heads of state in many capitals around the world. Leadership matters—as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “there is properly no history, only biography….” Presidential elections have already been held in Taiwan and Russia this year, as have parliamentary elections in Greece and […]

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Imran Khan and Kashmir

Today, Imran Khan is doing in Pakistan what Barack Obama did in the United States in 2008. Despite his lack of experience in governance, Khan has created quite a buzz, and is vying for the country’s top job.

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The Big Chill: Priorities & Realities for a Modern NATO

The final installment of a three-part series on NATO by Nic Wondra. See the first and second articles. A different NATO might restore a solidarity lost with the invasion of Iraq. The alliance’s moral credibility and the credible threat of hard power deployment are central to ensuring that NATO has a future. This might be achieved through a rebranding, […]

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Breaking News: Soviet Union Disintegrates

Part 2 of 3 in a series on NATO by Nic Wondra It just has not sunk in yet. Somehow, The US’s (and therefore NATO’s) largest concern is the Russian Federation. The upcoming elections will bring a lot of issues to light, even if we see another Putin-Medvedev administration.  The Western press seems to write […]

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NATO on the Rocks? Stirred, Not Shaken

The first in a three part series by Nic Wondra on NATO and its future role in security

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Misperceptions, Part III: Defense Cuts, An Alternative to the Sequester

My first post noted that the sums being considered for defense cuts, even in the case of the sequester, are actually quite low, particularly when compared to some of the other historical builddowns (post-Korea, Vietnam, and the Cold War). The second noted that the reasons often given for exempting defense from government wide belt-buckling have […]

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Misperceptions, Part II: Defense Cuts, Strategic Deficiencies?

In the first post of this series I argued that the impact of sequester cuts on Defense’s budget has been overstated. Similarly, in order to bolster arguments for exempting defense from belt buckling (Defense was the only of 13 government agencies to get an increased budget request in FY12), the strategic deficiencies and external threats […]

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Misperceptions, Part I: The Truth About Defense Cuts, The Sequester

The first of a three-part series analyzing defense spending priorities in the United States