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    B-61 Remains Relevant for U.S. Security

    Efforts to eliminate funding for the B-61 gravity bomb threaten to undermine U.S. deterrence, writes Thomas Karako, director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy at Kenyon College. Components of the B-61 weapon, the U.S.’s most visible commitment to European security, are reaching the end of their service … More

    Al-Qaeda Resurges in Iraq

    Al-Qaeda, which has surged in strength on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border, captured two important cities in western Iraq on Friday. The seizure of Fallujah and Ramadi underscores the growing threat posed by the renamed al-Qaeda franchise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two cities were … More

    Why the Russia Terrorist Attack Should Worry Americans

    This week’s terrorist bombings in Russia allegedly perpetrated by Islamist militants from the Caucasus region should be of deep concern to us — and not just because of the Winter Olympic Games next month in Sochi. Of course, the two bombings in two days in Volgograd that killed some 30 … More

    Immigration Reform: What "Step-by-Step" Should Mean

    Immigration reform may be on Congress’s agenda in 2014, and the latest hints have included some Members of Congress referring to a “step-by-step” approach. What they mean by that is crucial to whether such reforms could be a success. There are good reasons to reform the U.S. immigration system—and there … More

    Threats to America in 2014

    Americans will die on American soil in large numbers. So predicted the Hart-Rudman Commission seven months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. No commissioner felt good about it getting it right. But the purpose of identifying “black swan” events before they happen is to give our leaders a chance to … More

    Volgograd Terror Wave Threatens Sochi Olympics, Russian Civic Peace

    Russia’s holiday cheer was shattered by brutal suicide bombings on December 29 and 30 in the city of Volgograd that killed at least 31 people. Many experts believe that the bombings, which come just weeks before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, are an attempt by North Caucasus … More

    Stranded Vessel in Antarctica Illustrates Need for New U.S. Icebreaker Policy

    The Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped by thick ice and stranded near Antarctica since Christmas Eve, despite several rescue attempts. The crew is safe and hopefully will be rescued soon, but the ship’s predicament has highlighted the need for greater U.S. icebreaking capabilities. While the Akademik Shokalskiy … More

    In Cristina Kirchner’s Argentina, Christmas Shoppers Are Muscled Aside by Looters

    Earlier this month, widespread looting broke out in “at least 19 of Argentina’s 23 provinces” when mobs took advantage of strikes by police demanding pay raises to match inflation” by “shattering glass doors and stealing everything from mattresses and mobile phones to prams and beer,” according to news reports in … More

    Trying to "Contain" China Makes No Sense. So What's the Right Strategy?

    In 1962, the Beatles auditioned for Decca Records. Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro. And China invaded India. More than 2,000 died in the harsh mountain combat. A self-declared “non-aligned” power, India never expected to be attacked by a Cold War protagonist. Unprepared, New Delhi threw ground troops into the … More

    Karzai Putting Afghanistan’s Future at Risk

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai is stubbornly refusing to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will guarantee a residual U.S. force presence remains in Afghanistan post-2014. In doing so, he is ignoring the advice of U.S. and Iraqi officials and his own country’s tribal leaders—and jeopardizing the security of Afghanistan … More