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Daniel N. Nelson
Daniel N. Nelson is President and CEO of Global Concepts & Communications, LLC, an international consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia and Senior Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation in Washington, DC. From 2002-2006, he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven. From 1998 through mid-2002, he served in the U.S. Departments of State and Defense – during 1998 in the Arms Control & Disarmament Agency as the William Foster Fellow working on conventional arms negotiations and, in 1999, as Scholar in Residence at the National Defense University's National Security Education Program. Then, from January 2000 through July 2002, Nelson directed the curriculum in Civil-Military Relations at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany. From 1996 through 2003, Nelson was also Editor-in-Chief of International Politics, a scholarly journal published quarterly by Palgrave Macmillan. For Global Concepts, Inc., an international consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia, Nelson was CEO from the firm's incorporation in 1992 until he re-entered government in 1998. From 1992-1999, he was founding Director and Full Professor in the Graduate Programs in International Studies at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (USA). Nelson served as a foreign policy consultant for Senator Tom Harkin in his presidential campaign of 1992 and has provided policy assistance to Democratic candidates in House of Representatives campaigns. Earlier, he had been the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor on Capitol Hill for Richard Gephardt (D-Mo) when he was the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky. He also taught at Georgetown University, The Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced International Studies, and the George Washington University while in the federal government. Nelson has written six books, and edited or co-edited twenty other volumes. He is co-chair of the Progressive Foreign & Defense Policy Discussion Group, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Atlantic Council of the U.S., other scholarly and professional associations, and serves on boards of the Austrian Institute on International Affairs, the British-American Security Information Council, the Institute for New Democracies, and other NGOs.

Entries by Daniel N. Nelson

Sports, Violence, Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:08 AM

When I ran marathons and regularly put in 70 miles a week, I used no drugs, hit no one, and suffered only occasional injuries - dogs off leash didn't like me. When I played high school and college baseball, there were occasional melees with opposing teams, but nothing more than...

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The Incredible Shrinking Presidency

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 9:18 AM

I have now received roughly five hundred emails soliciting DNCC and DNC money, circa ten a day for several months. Please stop it. The names of senders are immaterial, since no one would ever believe that anything other than a bot originates this torrent.

Why? With more than two...

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Six Bullets

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:24 PM

Six bullets penetrated Michael Brown. Countless more have entered the American political body.

The litany of nefarious or at least stupid responses by local police and Missouri state authorities does not even begin to encapsulate what is wrong. John Oliver may have stated it best for popular consumption. But for...

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(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Still in the Army in April 1975, I watched from the U.S. with raw emotion the end of that war. A war that arguably commenced as soon as the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu had consumed our nation for a decade, led to presidential malfeasance, and killed a...

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What Is It About June?

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:10 PM

What is it about June? June is a month that is filled with recent history's auspicious and horrible remembrances, memorials and prayers. While some people can celebrate -- perhaps a graduation, marriage, or birth -- there is too much somber history that clouds this time of the summer solstice. Assassinations...

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(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 10:20 AM

Ukraine is nearly at war.

The war began in Kyiv on the Maidan in February, when Yanukovych's pro-Russian snipers cut down as many as 100 protesters.

Then Crimea, which Putin "won" but will eventually regret winning. The cost will be long-term and high.

Now in...

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Sordid Service

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Perhaps 6,500 to 7,000 people serve in the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) of whom 3,500 reportedly are "special agents" dealing with presidential (current and former), presidential candidates', and visiting foreign leaders' protection, as well as law enforcement especially counterfeiting. Most of these people assuredly fulfill their sworn duties with honor...

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Back in the USSR

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:17 PM

When the Soviet Union imploded, the consequences seemed irrevocable. After all, a drunk was the Russian president, the economy was a shambles, and the "socialist union" of varying religions, ethnicities and regions was disintegrating and violent conflict real.

More than two decades later, in the second but perhaps not last...

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(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 11:03 AM

This week, 200 policy makers, former ambassadors, government servants, scholars and a battalion of journalists, gathered to hear on-the-record remarks by CIA Director John O. Brennan. Oh, there were the guys with the ear phones as well.

Brennan is an enormously experienced CIA veteran in the field and Agency headquarters...

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On Libido

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Right-wing Republicans are obsessed with sex. Perhaps that says more than we want to know. Freud did not know he would have such an effect in 2014.

Abortion, same-sex marriage, women in the clergy, gays in the military -- it goes on and on.

Mike Huckabee, erstwhile presidential candidate...

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Duck Dynasty vs. Francis

(10) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 9:48 AM

No, I am not a follower of Duck Dynasty and no, I am not Catholic. I will neither change my viewing habits nor convert.

Rather I am a non-believing, once-upon-a-time Minnesota Lutheran.

So, how, you will ask, dare I comment on, much less compare the Pope, and Phil what's-his-name...

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Competition Does Not Require Inflicting Damage

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 9:14 AM

Once upon a time I was a baseball catcher... Yes, squatting behind home plate, signaling pitches and occasionally getting hurt badly.

Smart athletes are not catchers. Yogi Berra was a catcher. Smart athletes are place kickers. I see on Google that Yogi received one honorary degree from St. Louis...

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(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 5:49 AM

The pudgy 30-ish North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, just ordered the execution of his uncle, Jang Song-Taek (or Thaek). Why Jang was executed, at whose hand, and to what political end are now and may remain unclear. But it did not take long. No last rites, no final...

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(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 10:57 AM

Lenin was recently beheaded.

Well, his statute. In Kyiv. Too bad, but overdue. Why didn't the Ukrainians do this earlier... say twenty years ago?

It would have been easier to carry away his head with Marx.

Not many statutes of Vladimir I. Lenin are left, so this is a...

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Leyte Gulf

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Seventy years ago, October 1944, there was a horrendous sea and air battle in the Philippines. Fought over days, it has been referred to as the Battle of Leyte Gulf although the fighting occurred over a much wider region of east central Philippines. It cost tens of thousands of Japanese...

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Balkan Thoughts

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 3:40 PM

Twenty years ago a vicious war raged in southeastern Europe. Today the location of global conflicts has shifted to, for example, Syria. Refugees, rival regimes, factions, religions and ample extremism -- the formula is age old. Noted many times, this human savagery does not end.

In the Balkans as...

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Syria and Obama

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Obama's Blunder

I doubt that presidential scholars will ever forget the Obama miscalculation on Syria.

He does not have public support. He will not have support from the House of Representatives. He has few demonstrable international allies, if any. This is, indeed, a very war-weary nation that has lost thousands,...

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Surveil the 'Surveillors'

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Today, when you go to any website, your Internet journey can be tracked in minute detail... how long, what files are downloaded, you name it. Everything you post on Facebook, tweet, email or text can be observed and followed by the US government, an employer, or a corporate entity from...

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Leakers, Hackers and Security

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 12:32 PM

Are PFC Bradley Manning's dumping of US State Department cables to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden's theft of documents from Booz Allen, where he worked as an systems analyst, and revelations of PRISM through the Guardian both treasonous? Do these acts constitute espionage?

I and many others think not. Their...

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The Kids' Policy Academy

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 5:42 PM

My 7-year-old daughter recently inquired, while leaving (I admit it) a McDonalds, how much money people made who work at that "restaurant" (I add the quotation marks). Well, I said, not much, and that it was usually a part-time job with no benefits and that, often, young people without much...

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