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November 2, 2011

How cutting Pentagon spending will fix US defense strategy

Benjamin FriedmanForeign Affairs

Austerity is the best possible auditor.

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October 20, 2011

Chappell Lawson on border security

Peter DizikesMIT News

With national security and immigration prominent as political issues, border control is a perennial topic of debate in the United States — especially as the presidential campaign heats up. What are the chief border-security issues now facing the country?

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October 20, 2011

Get ready to starve

Christian CarylForeign Policy

The West was just gearing up to send food to a hungry North Korea. Then came the death of Kim Jong Il.

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October 18, 2011

Two African women won Nobel Peace Prizes, but the continent still has a long way to go to gender equality

Jackee Budesta BatandaBoston Globe

Less than a year ago, women helped lead the reform movements that swept across Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. But now that those uprisings have succeeded, and the world's attention has shifted elsewhere, women are once again being shoved aside.

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October 18, 2011

North-South Korea talks in US serious, but civil

Harry R. WeberAssociated Press

North and South Korean representatives holding informal talks in the U.S. are sitting together at meals, sharing laughs and even breaking out together in song. But long-standing disputes still cropped up Tuesday on Day 2 of the summit at the University of Georgia.

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October 4, 2011

China's response to a rising India

Erin FriedNBR

Strategic Asia 2011–12: Asia Responds to Its Rising Powers—China and India is the eleventh volume in the Strategic Asia series and explores how key Asian states and regions are responding to the rise of China and India. NBR spoke with M. Taylor Fravel, Strategic Asia contributing author, National Asia Research Associate, and associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who argues that China views India’s rise as a largely positive development that promotes China’s own interests and objectives more than it threatens or challenges them.

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October 3, 2011

Museveni's grip on Uganda

Jackee Budesta BatandaBoston Globe

Don Innocent Wanyama, an editor with the Ugandan newspaper, Daily Monitor, wrote on Facebook, “I had never paid attention to who Vincent Nzaramba was. But our gov’t, as usual, makes me take note. I have just downloaded a copy of his book - which has caused security agents to detain him. Surely, with our poor reading culture why detain someone for writing a book? The regime should worry more about someone who sings. . .’’

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September 26, 2011

A weakened Ahmadinejad

Jim WalshCNN

Some of the stereotypes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fall short of the mark, says Jim Walsh.

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September 17, 2011

When death came hand-delivered

Edward Jay EpsteinWall Street Journal

Biological warfare came to America soon after the 9/11 attack. In Florida, a photo editor died of inhalation anthrax. At the time it was thought to be an isolated incident. But then anthrax was found in New York in the newsrooms of NBC and the New York Post, together with letters dated "09-11-2001" and warning: "Death to America Death to Israel Allah Is Great."

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September 15, 2011

Tokyo's transformation

Eric Heginbotham, Ely Ratner, and Richard J. SamuelsForeign Affairs

How Japan is changing -- and what it means for the United States.

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August 19, 2011

Japan after Kan

Chris AchesonNBR

Although Kan’s resignation may assist the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in rebuilding public trust in its ability to lead, questions remain about the future of the DPJ and the political structure of Japan as it stands today. Japanese domestic politics expert, Richard J. Samuels, provides insight into the DPJ, its political strategy, and the challenges the next administration will face.

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August 11, 2011

In profile: Kenneth Oye

Peter DizikesMIT News

A political scientist aims to help governments assess the potential risks of new technologies.

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July 4, 2011

Supreme tragedy

Hussein BanaiMuftah

Although he does not wear a crown (his black turban is as indistinguishable as the next cleric’s), Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has increasingly become regarded as a potentate in the tradition of Middle Eastern autocrats. As the renowned Iranian journalist and dissident, Akbar Ganji, has written of “Sultan Khamenei”’, “[he] has used his broad mandate to exercise control not only over all three branches of government but also over economic, religious, and cultural affairs, sometimes directly and sometimes through various councils or through the Revolutionary Guards. 

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June 28, 2011

'Collective autism' about the costs of war

Chris LydonRadio Open Source

John Tirman is trying to explain how the United States got in the habit of fighting wars without a scorecard. We’re a country, curiously, that can focus like fiends on earned-run averages and on-base percentages. But who among us, on a pop quiz, could come up with the figures on how many died in the Iraq war, compared to the Vietnam war, Korea, the two World Wars, and the annexation of the Philippines at the turn of the 20th Century. 

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June 22, 2011

David Singer on the Greek Euro-tragedy

Peter DizikesMIT News

The economic and fiscal woes of Greece remain at the center of European politics. In recent months, a variety of economists and commentators have asked if Greece should consider the unprecedented move of leaving the European Currency Union, so that it could control and lower its own currency rate, in order to spur exports and growth at a time when its economy is struggling badly. David Singer, an associate professor of political science at MIT, discussed Greece and the Euro-mess with MIT News.

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May 26, 2011

Is it really a new start for Palestinians?

Peter KrauseProvidence Journal

The unity deal between Fatah and Hamas may well be "historic," but not in the way most news outlets have suggested. Not only is this one of hundreds of unity deals signed by Palestinian factions over the past 50 years, but it is not even the first unity deal signed between Hamas and Fatah, the most recent such agreement coming in 2007.

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May 16, 2011

IMF turmoil unlikely to derail Euro debt talks

Bob MoonNPR's Marketplace

Just last week, a Bloomberg survey of international investors found 85 percent expect Greece to default on its debt -- that's a stark indicator of the urgency facing the International Monetary Fund in pushing for a resolution to the ongoing crisis. As the former finance minister of France, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's authority on Europe's debt crisis has been widely respected. And his political clout had moved negotiations toward agree. Now these talks face new uncertainty.

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May 5, 2011

The President's triumph: Obama gets his man

Christian CarylRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

The U.S. Special Operations Forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden drew on the efforts of a large team of people from myriad branches of government working in locations around the world. All of them -- including many whose roles may never become public -- deserve a share of the credit. Yet it seems likely that it's the most public figure in the operation who stands to gain the greatest benefit from its success. And if many of the experts are right, he's earned it.

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May 3, 2011

Fotini on the war in Afghanistan

Peter DizikesMIT News

What impact will the death of Osama bin Laden have on the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan? And what effect will it have on the often-tense relationship between the United States and Pakistan? Fotini Christia, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, is conducting ongoing research in Afghanistan and has written widely on the subject. MIT Newsspoke to Christia about the outlook in the region.

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March 24, 2011

Japan after the quake

WBUR: On Point

Japan is no stranger to natural disaster and struggling back.  From shogun, samurai days and far earlier, the Japanese have faced earthquake and tsunami and war, and famously persevered. But some epic events have changed Japan, within that perseverance.