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Abraham R. Wagner
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Dr. Abraham R. Wagner is a Professor of International and Public Affairs at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies at Columbia University.

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The NSA Non-Scandal

(75) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 8:37 AM

At a time when the Constitution is being trampled and the Attorney General has an unmitigated inability to tell the truth it is easy to see the most recent disclosures about NSA's collection of metadata from Verizon and possibly other carriers as yet another scandal involving the invasion of personal...

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Dodging Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 10:01 AM

President Obama entered office with the promise of greater transparency and great disdain for what he claimed to be a highly secretive Bush Administration. Since taking office however, this promise ranks among the top of his many failed promises. In the current debate over the confirmation of John Brennan as...

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Hagel for Defense

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 6:49 PM

President Obama's choice of former Senator and Republican Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense has brought forth vigorous opposition from a number of quarters, which is by and large unwarranted. In picking Hagel, Obama defied most conventional thinkers who predicted the selection of either Ash Carter, Current Deputy...

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The New Morality

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:40 AM

The resignation of David Petraeus as CIA Director, bringing to inglorious end to a stellar career in military and public service, is simply not justified by either the historic precedents or circumstances surrounding his affair with Paula Broadwell. With the 2012 elections now past the media have seized upon the...

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Counter-Terrorism Technologies -- Taking Stock on 9/11

(21) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 2:13 PM

On this 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it makes sense to take stock of where the nation has progressed in its effort to deter and combat future terrorist attacks, both at home and abroad. The 9/11 attacks came as a shock, and have rightfully come to be regarded as...

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Need to Be Responsible

(19) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 12:40 PM

By any account, the recent flood of highly classified materials into the media is both illegal and highly damaging to national security interests. While a formal investigation has yet to be conducted, and it may be unfair to prejudge precisely who is responsible, it is painfully obvious that much of...

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A U.S. Intelligence Estimate on Iran?

(120) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 12:42 PM

The increasingly likely prospect of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons poses significant problems for the U.S. as well as Israel and other allies. A flood of press reports related to an imminent new report from the IAEA indicates that Iran's efforts are more extensive than previously thought and Iran's development of...

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Getting Serious About Saudi Arabia

(52) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 2:24 PM

If nothing else, the events of the Arab Spring in the Middle East have served as a wake-up call for U.S. policy in the region, and demonstrate a compelling need to examine our relationships there. At the top of the list should be a realistic assessment of the role and...

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Iran Again?

(123) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 4:57 PM

Lenin may have been a lousy Marxist, but he was a highly perceptive revolutionary when he cautioned that people were likely to be steamrollered by history -- which may be what is taking place in the Middle East right now. Last week's uprising in Tunisia has sparked far more critical...

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Another Secrets Explosion

(4) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 3:04 PM

When Barack Obama promised greater transparency in government he was not suggesting the dumping of classified documents on a massive scale by the WikiLeaks web site. The huge disclosure of military documents this past August has now been followed with the leaking of classified State Department cables on an...

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Secrets Exposion

(8) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 2:21 PM

While the Pentagon is justifiably outraged by the massive leak of classified documents to the Wikileaks web site, it was an inevitable event. It is also a serious problem of the Government's own making. The individual responsible for the leaks to Wikileaks.com likely faces significant jail time. Responsibility...

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