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Balancing in Asia: Against China or Ourselves?

May 4, 2012

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The Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia has received much attention lately among policy analysts. An article from the Council on Foreign Relations concisely summarizes the main points of the new strategic focus on Asia as a natural result of shifting U.S. attention away from Iraq and Afghanistan and stemming from a desire to hedge against a […]

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Declining Soft Power and the Timetable

March 22, 2012

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As the war in Afghanistan drags on for over ten years, it is no surprise that U.S. military forces, the American public, and the Afghans themselves are getting tired. While the conflicts and worries in Afghanistan are extremely complex and hard to resolve, some points are clear: the Obama administration is intent on withdrawal of […]

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America, Our Own Worst Enemy?

February 27, 2012

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Last week two American members of the NATO Coalition army burned copies of Muslim’s most holy book, the Qur’an, in a NATO camp 1. Afghan soldiers working in the camp witnessed the event and immediately responded with rage. Within a day from the time they extinguished the fire, over 2000 furious Afghanis arrived at the […]

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Winning Hearts and Minds…and (hopefully) the whole war too.

February 13, 2012

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The future of the War in Afghanistan became more complex on 1 February when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the U.S. would end its combat role early by summer 2013. This significant development means that the counter-insurgency campaign that NATO is fighting will rely heavily on Afghan National Forces to control Afghan territory. The […]

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Cyber Security: The Next Great Threat (Pt 2)

June 1, 2011

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The United States has recently declared that a cyber attack will be considered an act of war and thus justifies U.S. military action. This is exactly the type of policy advocated for in my previous post on this issue, but which now comes with interesting ramifications. First and foremost, what determines a cyber attack will […]

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