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Blog Profile / Shadow Government

Filed Under:News / International Affairs
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Archived Since:May 12, 2010

Blog Post Archive

The Essential Films on American Grand Strategy (and yes, Red Dawn is on the list). Discuss.

This spring I have taught a course called "American Grand Strategy Through Film." I have promised myself -- and threatened my students -- that I would teach this course for years. This year I finally fulfilled hat promise/threat, and...Show More Summary

Obama Should Be Thinking About Kennan This Week

President Barack Obama embarks for his Asia trip during an inauspicious season for American diplomacy. Across the board America's bilateral relations with the great powers are at their lowest points since Obama took office in 2009. Our...Show More Summary

Why Obama Needs To Lean In On This Asia Trip

Reassuring anxious allies that there will be no "Asian Crimea" will be the purpose of President Barack Obama's trip across the Pacific starting April 23. No Asian nation wants to forfeit its independence to a new Middle Kingdom, just as no European nation wants to be part of a new Russian empire. Show More Summary

Four Thoughts on the U.S.-IMF Standoff

Last weekend top economic officials from around the world gathered in Washington for the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings. High atop the list of IMF concerns was the U.S. failure to back a painstakingly-negotiated reform to the way the Fund operates. Show More Summary

Obama Correct -- and Canny -- to Refuse a Visa to Iranian Envoy

In refusing to grant a visa to Iran's ambassador-designate to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, President Barack Obama risks complicating his still-delicate diplomatic dialogue with the Iranian regime. He may also raise the ire of...Show More Summary

What Washington is Missing in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

The recent near-collapse of Secretary of State John Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts unleashed the characteristic wave of criticism that predictably follows in the wake of such setbacks. Yet indulging in finger-pointing, wishing...Show More Summary

At Midterm, Iran's Implementation of Its Nuclear Obligations Gets an 'F'

The latest round of nuclear negotiations with Iran, the April 8-9 talks that just concluded in Vienna, marked a midpoint between the interim accord of Jan. 20 and the July 20 date to sign a permanent deal. So how's Iran doing at midterm?...Show More Summary

U.S. Offer Hampers U.N. Missions

The ongoing debate on U.S. immigration reform tends to focus on domestic aspects of this legislation still pending with Congress, but there is another issue worth looking at that has global impact. A little known provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 USC § 1101(a)(27)(I)) authorizes the U.S. Show More Summary

Why the World is Watching India's Elections

India's election, which begins this week and rolls hrough May 16, will be the largest peacetime exercise in human history. It will feature 815 million voters, including 100 million new ones. It will boast 300 million more voters than in the next three biggest democracies -- America, Indonesia, and Brazil -- combined. Show More Summary

Is Russian Aggression in Crimea an Anachronism? Or a Harbinger?

For some, Russia's invasion of the Crimea heralds a new Cold War.  For others, including President Barack Obama, it is an aberration -- a 19th-century outburst at odds with 21st-century standards of behavior. Both are likely incorrect. Show More Summary

One More Reason to Pay Attention to the Civil-Military Gap

A week ago, the Washington Post ran a long story discussing the effects of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars on military personnel who had served in combat tours. The story was primarily based on a detailed survey administered in late 2013...Show More Summary

There's Nothing Sinister or Unique about USAID's Cuba Program

Critics of U.S. policy towards Cuba are in high dudgeon over an Associated Press "blockbuster" story on an attempt by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to fund the start-up of a rudimentary Twitter network in Cuba. Show More Summary

Venezuela's Street Protests Are Headed to a Violent End -- and Cuba is to Blame

While the conflict in Ukraine continues to preoccupy the minds of most U.S. policymakers and pundits, two months of violent street protests have racked Venezuela, a country much closer to home and where the United States has strategic interests that are just as significant. Show More Summary

Would You Release a Convicted Spy to Secure Middle East Peace?

I would, but I am not persuaded that is the question confronting the Obama administration. I think the real question it faces is: Would you release a convicted spy to get an extension on an arbitrary deadline on interim talks that show...Show More Summary

James R. Schlesinger, In Memoriam

Last Friday I was at a meeting with some of the United States' most respected thinkers and practitioners.  As I walked in, I was struck by the solemn mood and the somber conversation that hung over the room.  "He was one of our greatest...Show More Summary

While the United States Dithers, Poland Acts

The ongoing crisis launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin has left the Obama administration struggling to figure out how to respond o three scenarios: First, the possible invasion of Ukraine's eastern provinces by the Russian troops...Show More Summary

After Failure in the Iran Nuclear Talks, What?

Think ahead about what can be gained while failing. It's a process of contingency planning that was practiced by some on the National Security Council staffs in the Reagan-Bush and Bush-Cheney White Houses, though it was also a staple of Cold War-era strategic thinking. Show More Summary

Will Ukraine Tip the Balance on the Mired Transatlantic Trade Deal?

What should be made of the West's response to Russia's capture of Crimea? The question itself suggests that there has been a unified, coherent response -- an impression that the G7 meeting in Brussels this week was certainly meant to convey. Show More Summary

Limited Enrichment for Iran? Not So Fast.

Much of the debate in Washington over the interim nuclear accord between Iran and the P5+1 has focused on sanctions -- their role in bringing Iran to the negotiating table, the extent to which they have been relieved as a result of the interim nuclear accord between Iran and the P5+1, and when and whether new ones should be imposed. Show More Summary

NATO's Red Line on Ukraine Needs Fixing

Over in the pages of the Washington Post, I argue that in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, NATO has mistakenly drawn a red line in Europe, "one hat leaves Ukraine militarily isolated, fending for itself."  The West needs to fix this deficiency. Show More Summary

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