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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. 

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March 23, 2011

Cold water from the Taliban

Christian CarylRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Outpost's recent piece on the idea of opening a diplomatic office for the Taliban in Turkey has inspired quite a bit of comment. Now we've received some feedback from a source who boasts a long track record of good access to Taliban leaders. One of RFE/RL's reporters just caught up with Rahim Ullah Yousafzai, an executive editor at the Pakistan newspaper "The News International," and asked him about the story.

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March 22, 2011

Egypt: the path forward

By M. Shafik Gabr

The legitimate demands of the Egyptian protestors have been heard loud and clear, and an irrevocable process of change is now underway. But we should have no illusions.

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March 16, 2011

A eulogy for Pakistan

Christian CarylRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Last week Outpost had the honor of attending a memorial service for Shahbaz Bhatti at the Embassy of Pakistan here in Washington, D.C.. As you may recall, Bhatti -- the minorities minister in the current government of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani -- was shot on his way to work in Islamabad on March 2.

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March 16, 2011

Japan's black swan

Robert Madsen, Richard SamuelsForeign Policy

The earthquake changed everything. What will Tokyo do next?

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March 15, 2011

Leaks in all the wrong places

Christian CarylForeign Policy

Why the Japanese public has good reason to distrust official information.

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March 15, 2011

Why Japan relies on nuclear power

Wayne DrashCNN

Japan has more than 50 nuclear power plants and had planned to build two dozen more by 2030, according to a professor who has written on Japanese energy and security policy.

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March 13, 2011

Japan disaster may have global economic impact


Japan's economy — like much of the world — was already facing serious challenges before the earthquake struck. Economist Robert Madsen, a senior fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies, discusses the effects of the disaster in Japan on the economy there and around the globe.

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March 2, 2011

How dictators fall

Peter BeaumontThe Guardian

From the streets of Bucharest to the slums of Manila, people power invariably wins out in the end. As Libya recovers its voice, foreign affairs editor Peter Beaumont examines the dynamics of bringing down a despot.