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David de Sola is a journalist in Washington D.C. He has covered local, U.S. and international news, ranging from the 2004 presidential election to the CIA leak investigation to the tenth anniversary of the Hong Kong handover to WikiLeaks. His stories have appeared on CNN and Reuters, and has also worked at 60 Minutes. Originally from El Salvador, he has a B.A. in history from Tufts University, a M.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University. He blogs at Icepicks and Nukes.

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Foreign Policy Rears Its Unpredictable Head

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 9:35 AM

During an election cycle that has largely focused the U.S. economy, developments in three of the most volatile countries in the Middle East and North Africa have brought international events - beyond the control of either candidate - to the lead story in newspapers and newscasts.

In a span...

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Mitt Romney's Divide and Conquer Dilemma

(8) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 6:50 PM

Changes to the primary season calendar, campaign finance laws, and proportional delegate allocation have completely upended the Republican presidential primaries in comparison to previous years.

People have compared the current race to the Democratic primaries in 2008, which saw Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battle it out state by...

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Remembering 9/11 a Decade Later

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 6:30 PM

Note: An edited down version of this story was first published by the National Journal. What follows is the complete text:

Long before I ever considered a career in journalism, I had graduated from college in the summer of 2001 when I made the decision to head...

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Al Qaeda's New Boss and His Challenges Ahead

(16) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 4:33 PM

Multiple news organizations are reporting that Saif al-Adel, a former Egyptian special forces officer with years of operational experience in al Qaeda, has been named acting leader of the organization in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death. The choice of al-Adel, and the unclear status of Ayman...

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Follow the Money Trail From Bin Laden's Compound

(14) Comments | Posted May 14, 2011 | 11:47 AM

While the administration and the media have focused much of the public's attention on the intelligence gold mine recovered by Navy SEALs during the Osama bin Laden operation, it is important to remember a less dramatic, but important angle that both the government and the press can look into: the...

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What Did Pakistan Know and When Did They Know It?

(16) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 3:48 PM

In the immediate aftermath of the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, one of the key questions asked by journalists and policymakers was about Pakistan's complicity -- or the lack thereof. At the center of this political firestorm is Pakistan's military and intelligence services, a key domestic political...

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Election 2008 Was a Truly Global Event

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 11:06 AM


ROME -- A crowded room with more than 400 anxious Barack Obama supporters huddled in silence during the early hours of Wednesday morning at an election watch party organized by the Rome chapter of Democrats Abroad. When polls closed on the West Coast at 5:00 am local time...

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