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Defense and Diplomacy Posts

  • October 11, 2009
    If you turn through the daily newspaper, usually several times a month, buried deep in the "world news" section you can read about counter-terrorism operations in the Philippines. The Global War on Terrorism/ Overseas Contingency Operations has been quietly raging in the country since the early years of the Bush Administration. But a...
  • October 4, 2009
    Somalia has existed without a central government since 1991. The country has been in the news frequently as pirates continue to operate in its waters and Al Qaeda continues to strengthen ties with  indigenous militant groups.  Al Shabab, the most powerful militant group in the country, has released a video in which...
  • September 27, 2009
     Have you noticed that as U.S. relations with Iran continue to sour, Russia continues to warm to the West?  Its interesting that less than a week prior to a high-profile international event (the G20 conference in Pittsburgh) in which the United States and its allies (and Russia) condemned Iran's "secret" nuclear facility, that...
  • September 20, 2009
    Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The country suffers from unproductive agricultural lands (the results of massive topsoil erosion), massive deforestation (which causes mudslides and enhances the power of hurricanes), and poor food, water, and housing quality that supports the transmission of communicable diseases.  Not...
  • September 18, 2009
     by Amitai Etzioni Afghanistan needs more sociologists, not more troops. Sociologists would point out that Americans tend to see this country as one nation, with a central government and national security forces. But it actually is a collection of tribes--(including Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara). The first loyalty of most members of these tribes...
  • September 13, 2009
     The Palestinian Territories are being transformed into a functioning de-facto state, as Hamas and the Palestinian Authority continue to soften their ideology and seek pragmatic steps towards improving social services, quietly embracing a two-state solution in the process. This is a sign of tentative democratic transition (and consolidation...
  • August 26, 2009
     Progressive U.S. foreign policy is based on the application of “Defense 3.0”; the synergy of defense, diplomacy, and development to promote global social and economic integration that provides equal access to markets, encourages sustainable development, and fosters multilateral dialogue. 
  • August 26, 2009
     The nascent trend in US foreign policy formulation is to view national defense and international development as issues of global security. By promoting resource stewardship as the foundation of a strong national defense and sustainable development as a transformational tool of global security, progressive foreign policy is generally...