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Hard Decisions for the Future of Soft Power

February 20, 2013

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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 […]

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Cybersecurity: Closing the Back Door to America’s Enemies

January 31, 2013

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On October 25, 2012, The New York Times published an eye-opening report on an extensive, billion-dollar business empire constructed by relatives of China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao.  Three months later, the Times revealed it had been undergoing intense cyber attacks even before the report was publicly released.  Cooperating with AT&T, the FBI, and a leading […]

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

October 10, 2012

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From Washington Post

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 strike, and now internal protests.  […]

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Is Deterrence a Viable Option for a Nuclear Iran?

September 12, 2012

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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 strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, […]

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Election 2012 and Foreign Policy: On the Table or In the Dust?

June 4, 2012

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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 […]

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