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Situation Report: Cold War style; Kobani in crosshairs again; Russia practicing for the big one; weekend reading links; and a whole lot more

By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley The week. Defense Secretary Ash Carter insisted early on in his swing through Europe this week that NATO needs ...

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No, Obama’s Former Advisors Aren’t Trashing the Iran Deal

A bipartisan U.S. group of Iran watchers, including former Obama administration officials, has drawn a line in the sand on five concessions they say must be part of a lasting deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. Their letter was viewed Thursday as an indictment of the nuclear talks by the president’s very own former advisors. But two authors of the letter disputed that interpretation in interviews with Foreign Policy.


State Department: Between Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Human Rights Are Losing Out

The latest human rights reports from State detail the way people in too many countries were crushed in 2014 between violent extremists, on the one hand, and repressive governments whose actions threaten to fuel further resentment and terrorism, on the other.


New Findings Pinpoint Africa’s Elephant Poaching Hotspots

Elephant poaching in Africa, driven by the illegal ivory trade, has reached its highest level in decades, threatening some populations with extinction. But recent findings published in the journal Science suggest a new way forward for conservationists, law enforcement, and policymakers: the use of genetic science to pinpoint the illegal trade at its points of origin.

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Situation Report: Iran deal approaches; debate over new hostage strategy; NATO chief gets new powers; the Navy has a Windows problem; and lots more

By Paul McLeary and Adam Rawnsley The deal with the deal. The deadline to reach an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program is less than ...


Colombian Military Brass Likely Knew Their Soldiers Were Killing Civilians in Place of Guerrillas

After killing their victims, the report finds, soldiers would take their clothes and belongings, dress them in the guerrilla combat boots and fatigues, and plant weapons on them.

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Obama Opts Against Creating ‘Hostage Czar’

Obama removed the threat of prosecution for families of American hostages who try to pay ransoms. But he didn't create a NSC-level position to coordinate efforts.

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Situation Report: More armor to Europe; spies in the sky (and in France); Iranian and Russian threats rattle; and lots more

By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley Parking passes. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been making a big splash during his visit to Germany and eastern ...


Jihadi See, Jihadi Do

The new video features a Swedish and a South African hostage.



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