Another African terror chief is possibly dead—now is not the time to back away from a continent that western nations have largely ignored, and seem to not want to remember. With the hopeful news of the death of Abubakar Shekau, the United States should continue to assist legitimate African Governments in their efforts to combat terrorism across Africa. A continued offensive on behalf of the United States and its African allies would help to contain the spread of terrorism to a few isolated patches in the Middle East, as well as help the US in its larger strategic goals.
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April 12, 2013
Comments Off on Annual Threat Report 2013
Praemon is proud to release this, the first Annual Threat Report. In addition to each student contributor’s regular pieces on varying national security issues, the Annual Threat Report (ATR) is a large-scale, collaborative analysis project. The purpose of the ATR is to identify the handful of threats that we, the members of Praemon, consider to […]
February 20, 2013
Comments Off on Hard Decisions for the Future of Soft Power
As the Obama administration settles in for a second term, regional conflicts continually test the United States’ stance in the international arena. Hillary Clinton’s departure from the State Department is highlighted by a record of securing regional partners and enhanced diplomatic clout. Noticeably absent from news feeds is the lack of discernible responses to alarming national […]
July 5, 2012
Comments Off on A South Asian Power Play
Pakistan has been gambling for a long time with its use of militants as a strategic edge over India. The Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) created and utilized different groups that we generally label as “Taliban” in order to counter Indian power in the region. This has been a several decade-long endeavor but is now […]
June 4, 2012
Comments Off on Election 2012 and Foreign Policy: On the Table or In the Dust?
As a presidential election year rolls around again, responsible voters must once again evaluate candidates’ positions against their own. While it is easy to get lost in the myriad issues trumpeted by both major candidates, their campaign teams, and the media, any eligible voter who respects his or her constitutional rights as an American citizen […]