Monthly Archives: January 2013

Turtle Bay

Brahimi’s Plan C for Syria

U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has hit an impasse in his efforts to promote a Syrian political transition that would ultimately lead to President Bashar ...

The E-Ring

Hagel faces hostile, sometimes awkward, GOP opposition in confirmation hearing

By the seventh hour, the E-Ring had lost count of how many times Chuck Hagel had told the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) that he ...


In the Army Now

An instructor at West Point once told me that if she had a daughter, she would not want her to attend the Academy or join ...

By Other Means

The Contagion Effect

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported a grim statistic: the number of military suicides rose to 349 in 2012, with suicides substantially exceeding the ...

Marc Lynch

Talking Egyptian democracy

 Or my Alt-Title:  What We Talk About When We Talk About Supporting Egyptian Democracy.  This post is simply to point my blog readers over to ...


Putin meme accountability watch: No, he did not hire Boyz II Men to make Russians have sex

You may have seen via social media today that the Moscow Times is reporting that Vladimir Putin has hired Boyz II Men to play a ...

The Complex

Not much talk of the ‘greatest national security threat’ during Hagel’s hearing

So President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Defense Department, former Nebraska Sen.  Chuck Hagel,  called cyber attacks against critical infrastructure or government networks as ...

The E-Ring

Spotted at Hagel confirmation: job-seeking Pentagon staffers, key backers

Several members of Chuck Hagel’s transition team, all of them potential staffers in a Hagel-led Pentagon, watched the confirmation intently from the front rows of ...

The Cable

Clinton says farewell at CFR

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave the final major speech of her tenure Thursday to a packed house at the Council of Foreign Relations' offices ...

Christian Caryl

The First Lab Results Are In

Last spring I spent an exhilarating week prowling around Burma as the people of that long-benighted country prepared for their first genuinely free election in ...

Obama’s Cuba Deal Could be a Home Run for Major League Baseball

Obama’s Cuba Deal Could be a Home Run for Major League Baseball

A Desperate Act by Pakistan’s Taliban

A Desperate Act by Pakistan’s Taliban

Should We Really Assume That North Korea Was Behind the Sony Attack?

Should We Really Assume That North Korea Was Behind the Sony Attack?

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