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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Syria: Violence Escalates While International Community Dithers

    Newscom

    Various Syrian opposition groups met in Cairo this week to sketch out a draft of a potential constitution and lay out the steps of a political transition, but they could not agree on the more basic and concrete issues of whether to support armed resistance to the regime or call … More

    Day 4: As ATT Conference Work Begins, Venezuela Wins the Crazy Prize

    United Nations Security Council

    After a quiet afternoon Thursday, the third day of the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty conference closed with a bang. The conference president, Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritán, again tried to persuade the delegates to accept his proposal that, on Friday, they split into two working groups, one to consider the treaty’s … More

    Winning Ugly: Peña Nieto and the Mexican Elections

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    Four days after Mexico’s presidential and national elections, Mexico’s independent electoral institute ordered a swift recount of votes cast in 78,012 of its 143,132 polling stations. It swiftly confirmed that the candidate of the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), Enrique Peña Nieto, scored a 6.6 percentage point advantage over the candidate … More

    Counterterrorism and the London Olympics

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    Providing security for the 2012 London Olympic Games will be no easy task. It is expected that 120 heads of state will visit Britain during the games. About 450,000 people are likely to be accredited to access the 46 Olympic and Paralympic sports venues, all of whom will need to … More

    Power Outages a Sign of Cloud Computing's Achilles Heel?

    Newscom

    Last Friday, storms knocked out power for many in the D.C. metro area. Disruptions didn’t end there. Amazon Web Services, a cloud service provider, went down in the storm, taking several major companies’ websites and businesses offline. Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest, among others, also lost access to e-mail, applications, data, … More

    NYT Notes Obama's Election-Year "Maneuvering Around Congress"

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    The Obama Administration’s overreach into education has become so pronounced that even The New York Times can’t ignore it. The Administration, mistaking bipartisan discontent with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for a mandate to rewrite the law from the White House, is issuing waivers to states that agree to their … More

    Terrorism Still Stalks Us at Home and Abroad

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    An independent review of the FBI and Pentagon’s handling of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre is expected to make its way to the desk of FBI director Robert Mueller sometime next week. Commissioned in late 2009 and authored by former FBI and CIA director Judge William Webster, the report is … More

    Hope Is Not Enough: The Path to Waste Confidence

    From Yucca Mountain to reactor design certifications and post-Fukushima reforms, incoming Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) chair Allison Macfarlane has a multitude of issues before her. One of the most critical and least understood is the “waste confidence” mess caused by the Obama Administration’s nuclear waste policies. A 1979 court decision … More

    Storm Warning: The Gloomy Forecast for EMPs

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    Almost a week after the D.C. area was pummeled with raging storms, many individuals are still suffering in the July heat without lights, phone lines, and, perhaps most importantly, air conditioning. In the immediate aftermath of this event, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, Marylanders, and Virginians were left without power. … More

    Comparing Spending Predictions on the Supreme Court Ruling on Medicaid

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    It is clear that the costs associated with the Supreme Court ruling on Medicaid expansions will be a difficult and contentious topic. Some claim that the ruling will do very little to the spending projection or even create savings. Some estimate that spending will increase dramatically, possibly by $100 billion … More