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Security Consequences of U.S. Political Extremism

July 9, 2012

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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 presidential primaries where Mitt Romney […]

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Drug War Vigilantes and the Rule of Law

June 7, 2012

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During the middle of last month, Honduran and U.S. forces conducted a major drug bust that recovered a half-ton of cocaine in the river town of Ahuas. The morning following the raid, four homes were set ablaze by villagers retaliating against the people in their community who worked for the drug trafficking organizations (DTOs). These burning homes […]

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Hugo Chavez and Venezuela

May 24, 2012

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The year 2012 plays host to several important Presidential elections around the world: those in France, the first presidential elections in Egypt following the removal of Hosni Mubarak from power, and the elections in the United States with President Obama up for reelection in what seems to be an increasingly partisan climate.   Another important presidential […]

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Avoiding a Second Falkland Islands Conflict

May 10, 2012

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Last month, Argentina and Great Britain commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Falkland Islands Conflict in which Argentina attempted to take possession of the island about 250 miles off its coast in the Atlantic Ocean.  Argentina’s claims for the the Falklands, or the Islas Malvinas as the Argentines call them, go back into the 19th […]

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Indian Fire: The AGNI V

April 26, 2012

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From the Wall Street Journal

Amid the lack of discussion about the magnitude of nuclear bombs themselves, India has opted to diversify and improve its nuclear delivery systems.  Last week, in accordance with that goal, India successfully launched the AGNI V, a missile with the capability to send a nuclear warhead nearly 5,000 kilometers, or about 3,100 miles.    As […]

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