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Why is Syria Different: Two Years Later

August 29, 2013


On December 8th, 2011 I wrote about the Syrian conflict and three reasons why the United States would not intervene like it did in Libya. Almost two years later the conflict in Syria continues to rage with no end in site. This article will take another look at my article from 2011 and how the situation in Syria has changed but mostly stayed the same.

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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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Limited Objectives

January 23, 2012

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In recent weeks the news had been awash with news of Iran’s burgeoning nuclear program. Although the United States and the European Union have sought to find solutions to the problem other than war and violence, GOP candidates and Israeli spokespeople continue to advocate striking out against Iran militarily. Iran, in response, has threatened to […]

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Why is Syria Different

December 8, 2011

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A political cartoon depicts President Bashir Al-Assad of Syria as the grim reaper of Syria.             According to the United Nations, over 4,000 people, including over 300 children, have been killed in Syria during the Arab Spring unrest.  The Arab League has repeatedly passed resolutions and sanctions on Syria.  Recently […]

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A Nuclear Iran: Carrot or Stick?

November 21, 2011

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On November 8, 2011 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report stating that Iran has “carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear device.” Although this may not come as a surprise to most people, what is a surprise is that Iran has been able to stockpile enriched uranium (at a […]

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