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3 reasons I am pissed at Brian Williams

The NBC news anchor seems like a nice guy -- but of course, that is what he has made millions selling, a persona you’d invite ...

Daniel W. Drezner

The Schmoozing Paradox

My FP column this month is about the Obama administration's ham-handed relations with U.S. allies.  Why has a president so dedicated to restoring America's standing ...

Daniel W. Drezner

Your God-awful International Relations Hook of the Day

I've written enough for a public audience in my day to know the importance of the "hook" -- the clever metaphor, historical analogy, provocative statement, ...

Daniel W. Drezner

The delicate art of objective reporting on Egypt

Your humble blogger has not posted about Egypt during the most recent phase of the Great Unpleasantness.  This is partly because Marc Lynch knows a ...

Stephen M. Walt

A Demented Detention At Heathrow Airport

What the heck were British officials thinking when they detained David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, at Heathrow Airport? As you can read ...

Stephen M. Walt

Short Takes on Recent Events

If you're anything like me, you find it hard to keep up with the Niagara of events and information with which you're deluged every day. ...

Stephen M. Walt

‘They’re Baaack…’: The Rebirth of al Qaeda?

Last Friday I posted an entry on America's "one-sided" war on terrorism, arguing that the country has focused enormous efforts on deterring, thwarting, or killing ...

Stephen M. Walt

On ‘Activist’ Journalism

I'm more than a little amused by the post-Snowden charge that Glenn Greenwald and others of his ilk are guilty of "advocacy" or "activist" journalism, ...

Stephen M. Walt

What Is Obama REALLY Doing in Syria?

I'm in Oslo to give a seminar and a public lecture at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, and I'm looking forward to hearing how ...

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