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Recent Trends in Radicalization

March 26, 2012

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The attack in France this past week at the hands of the terrorist Mohammed Merah is reawakening  Europe to the realities of radicalization. This event should not be viewed as the beginning of a complex new terror campaign domestically but should be seen as an infrequent reality of war with terror groups. The majority of […]

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The Iran-Al Qaeda Connection

February 25, 2012

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This past week has seen Al-Qaeda rise after a period of weakening and transition. After losing a number of its leadership, most notably Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, it was thought that the organization would be further crippled until it could no longer operate effectively. However its recent actions in Iraq, Somalia, and possibly […]

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Cutting Budgets but not Effectiveness

February 2, 2012

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In an age when Congress is embroiled in budget battles, and the most pressing concern of the Pentagon is slashing hundreds of billions from the military budget, many question the continued effectiveness of the armed forces.  With a redistribution of power in the Middle East, and expanding Chinese power in the Pacific, not only does […]

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Libya: The Case for Diplomatic Recognition

May 17, 2011

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This past week, Mahmoud Jabril, representative of the rebel Libyan government, met with the White House seeking—among other things—diplomatic recognition from the United Sates. The National Transitional Council (NTC) formed officially on March 5, 2011, in Benghazi to manage the affairs of rebel held territory in Libya. However, official US recognition to the NTC was […]

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France’s Interest in Africa

April 25, 2011

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For those who haven’t been counting, France is heavily involved in three major interventions. One, Afghanistan, has been occurring for quite some time, but the other two are recent and reveal some interesting insights into France’s foreign policy outlook for the future. Nicolas Sarkozy has been President of France for nearly four years and has […]

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