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Security Costs of the U.S. National Debt

On October 26, 2012, Posted by , In North America, By , With Comments Off on Security Costs of the U.S. National Debt

In the last Presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle, both President Obama and Governor Romney referred to the U.S. national debt as a growing threat to security. These claims echo the 2011 remarks of Admiral Michael Mullin, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asserting that the…

The Dangers of an Anxious Iranian Government Perceiving a ‘Psychological War’

On October 10, 2012, Posted by , In Middle East,North America, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The Dangers of an Anxious Iranian Government Perceiving a ‘Psychological War’

On Tuesday, President Ahmadinejad accused the United States and “internal enemies” of waging a “psychological war” against Iran in an attempt to stop Iranians from ditching the weakening rial for U.S. dollars.  This “war” refers to the significant problems Iran faces, including the U.S.-led economic sanctions, a threatened Israeli military…

Is Deterrence a Viable Option for a Nuclear Iran?

On September 12, 2012, Posted by , In Middle East,North America, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Is Deterrence a Viable Option for a Nuclear Iran?

Iran’s nuclear program has again entered the spotlight of U.S. foreign policy debates in a election cycle in which foreign policy has taken the backseat.  The current debates often result in three scenarios: 1) Iran gives up its nuclear program, 2) Israel (with or without U.S. assistance) makes a preemptive…

Moving Away From “War” in the Drug War

On August 30, 2012, Posted by , In Latin America, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Moving Away From “War” in the Drug War

  A recent study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between 1987 and 2004 shows a reduction in the number of terrorist attacks following the enactment of humanitarian policies. The study provides some evidence to the argument that terror attacks can be reduced through “incentivizing peace rather than punishing violence.” These results…

Security Consequences of U.S. Political Extremism

On July 9, 2012, Posted by , In North America, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Security Consequences of U.S. Political Extremism

The recent debate over the Affordable Care Act, known to critics as Obamacare, highlights the growing divide in U.S. politics and the political culture that idolizes politicians with a ‘no-compromises’ stance.  This was made abundantly clear through the fight over the constitutionality of the healthcare law as well as the recent Republican…