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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:47 am / in Asia, World

Islamabad Relations

…hed NATO operation that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, 2011 was not a great year for US-Pakistani relations. Many American policymakers are dismayed that neither friendship nor financial assistance has induced Pakistan to cooperate with American objectives in South Asia. Moreover, the strategic justifications for working with Pakistan are becoming less clear. In 2001, the United States sought to partner with Pakistan in the war on terror; now, wit…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America as an opportunity to r…

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by / on June 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm / in Opinion, World

Why Drone Warfare is So Controversial

…geted killings, alternatively, touches on a deeper and more important debate between differing understandings of America: between American exceptionalism and what I will call “American normalism.” Dennis Blair, the former director of national intelligence, revealed to the Times why the U.S. government conducts the strikes. “It is the politically advantageous thing to do–low cost, no U.S. casualties, gives the appearance of toughness….

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 2:52 am / in Domestic, Education, World

Didactic Deceit

…mistic impulses (both explicitly present in Columbia’s report). On the presumptuous and self-congratulatory end, American universities ostensibly believe in their ability to change the world by enlightening the benighted children of dictatorial and underdeveloped nations. On the domestic sales call, universities would have Americans believe that the rise in internationals adds some intangible benefit to the classroom that will give students an ed…

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by / on December 7, 2008 at 8:56 pm / in Domestic, Election

Sleep After Election Day

…urse has given way to a sterility of ideas and a narrowing of political imagination. TWO IDEAS OF CITIZENSHIP IN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT What does it mean to be an active citizen? In America, it has traditionally meant more than legal status, being a good neighbor, and voting on Election Day. No, active citizenship, as almost every American political thinker who cares about it has said, means something more: involvement in public life beyond t…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm / in Domestic

An Impoverished Debate

…y the US Census Bureau in late 2012 have shown the astounding extent to which this epidemic has gained ground in America over the past few years. The proportion of Americans living in poverty has risen from the 11 percent pre-recession low to 15 percent, a peak not witnessed in 20 years. The figure is set to increase further to 15.8 percent by 2014, according to projections made by the Brookings Institute and The Economist, resulting in an additi…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm / in Asia, National Security, World

Naval State of Mind

…foundations of the global economic order – free commerce and access to energy – will be undermined. Furthermore, America’s reliance on the sea for power projection means that any capability that can plausibly deny maritime access to the United States is a potential game-changer. Rising regional powers are cognizant of America’s global defense strategy and the US economy’s dependence on open waterways. Consequently, their primary task is to deny U…

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by / on December 5, 2010 at 10:12 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Issue

The Hundred Mile High Club

by America’s ability to wield power effectively in the global commons is a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy and a key source of American influence, but today’s world is witnessing a dramatic expansion of those commons—into outer space. America’s response to this broadening terrain will carry tremendous weight for the stability of the international system. Satellites allow U.S. forces to communicate, navigate, gather intelligence, an…

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by / on December 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, National Security, New York, World

Constant Vigilance

…otion is the primary target of the attackers. As global strategist Tom Barnett put it, “You could say that America pursued the knee-jerk reaction in response to Sept. 11. Since we could not easily track down the individual terrorists spread across this global network, we did the one thing we know how to do well: we invaded a nationstate.” And doing so made Americans feel strong again-acting tough when one has been made to look or feel…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:28 am / in Business, Domestic

Points for Participation

…in voter turnout rates unheard of since the 1960s. However, a report released by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University predicts that there will be a drop in voter turnout for the 2012 elections due to political disenchantment among young voters. As the report summarizes, “Obama the president did not fulfill the hope invested in Obama the candidate.” Researchers at MTV also gauged this enthusiasm gap, finding t…

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