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What was that you said, Mr. Obama, about the return of U.S. prestige globally since 2009?

What was that you said, Mr. Obama, about the return of U.S. prestige globally since 2009?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The killing of the American Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens, along with three other American diplomats, the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and the tearing down of the flag replacing the stars and stripes with a black banner, all allegedly in response to an […]

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The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

By Brian M Downing Just a few months ago, U.S.-Pakistani relations were abysmal, perhaps even at a crisis point. An American airstrike had killed 25 or more Pakistani soldiers and Pakistan retaliated by closing off U.S./ISAF supply lines into Afghanistan.  Tensions increased and many worried of more border skirmishes along the Af-Pak border and even […]

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Pearl Harbor, 9-11 and the neo-isolationist temptation

Pearl Harbor, 9-11 and the neo-isolationist temptation

By Sol W. Sanders Chief Political Correctness High Priestess Diane Rehm, with one of her often-biased radio panel discussions, recently carried this ancient back to the late 1930s’ Great Debate, framed as “isolationism” vs. “interventionism” in foreign policy. (Full disclosure: I was a teen-age member of William Allen White’s Committee for Defending America by Aiding […]

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Pakistan and Central Asia greet 2012 in a stark landscape minus U.S. strategic dominance

Pakistan and Central Asia greet 2012 in a stark landscape minus U.S. strategic dominance

Gregory Copley, Global Information System By the start of 2012,  the U.S. had seen a precipitous decline in its real strategic dominance of the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf, and in its ability to reach and influence Central Asia. It had taken less than two decades for the U.S. to lose […]

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Threat perceptions for S. Asia in 2012: Is Iran really a threat?

By Sumantra Maitra Reading Daniel Drezner is a delight. The good professor brings a sense of humor in his articles which is quite a rarity considering the drab subjects we have to study in the field of International Relations. (I haven’t got an opportunity to study under him or meet him in person yet, which […]

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Emerging U.S. strategy builds a geopolitical economy along Chinas periphery

By Brian M Downing One can scarcely read anything on world affairs these days without seeing discussion of the decline of the U.S. and the rise of China. In recent weeks, however, President Obama spoke plainly, bluntly, and even disparagingly to China. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama chided China, urging it to put […]

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Administration split over intel on Pakistan ties to Haqqani Network

Administration split over intel on Pakistan ties to Haqqani Network

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Obama administration is sharply divided over U.S. policy toward Pakistan with a faction emerging that wants to sharply curtail U.S. drone strokes as a way to coax Pakistan into greater anti-terrorism cooperation. A second faction led by outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary […]

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Meanwhile in overlooked India: A perfect storm

By Sol W. Sanders Pollyannas had looked to”the emerging economies” – China, India, Brazil, etc. – for growth to help ward off worldwide economic recession, as the Western economies and Japan stumbled. It’s clear that isn’t going to happen. China is trimming its sails to dampen inflation, braking unlimited infrastructure expansion at any cost to […]

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Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Some of the saddest collateral damage resulting from a score of civil conflicts worldwide remains the tragedy that children are caught in the crossfire or even worse, are specifically targeted by the combatants.  Ongoing armed conflict in places ranging from Afghanistan to Libya, and Pakistan to the Philippines […]

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Terror strikes Mumbai for second time in three years

Terror strikes Mumbai for second time in three years

By Sumantra Maitra Three bomb blasts ripped through the commercial capital of the World’s fastest growing economy during rush hour, in what served as a chilling reminder of the coordinated attacks of  Nov. 26, 2008 attacks that killed 166 people. The bombs, which were in a tiffin box, a car, and a cycle, were of unknown […]