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David W. Kearn
Dr. David W. Kearn, Jr. is an assistant professor of Government & Politics at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. His research focuses on the impact of technological change on military affairs, international relations theory, arms control, terrorism, and U.S. foreign policy. His new book Great Power Security Cooperation: Arms Control and the Challenge of Technological Change is scheduled for release in December 2014. Dr. Kearn received his doctorate in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He also received a Master of Public Policy Degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a B.A. from Amherst College. He is also a Boston native.

Entries by David W. Kearn

China's Rise: Rhetoric and Reality

(15) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Chinese leaders consistently express a commitment to a "new model of major country relations" based on three pillars of non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation. However, over the past five years, the first commitment - non-confrontation - has seemingly disappeared as China has engaged in various spats and...

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Reflecting On U.S. Power and Leadership During Hard Times

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 2:38 PM

Expressions of populist anger, resentment toward unresponsive government institutions, and deep-seated frustration with "politics as usual" have dominated the rhetoric surrounding the Republican Party's ongoing presidential primary campaign. The underlying theme is that the United States is declining (in both material and moral terms) and without a dramatic...

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The Iranian Nuclear Deal and U.S. National Security

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 7:08 PM

To assess the potential contribution of the Iranian nuclear agreement to U.S. national security, we should consider its major components and both its short and longer-term implications for American interests and those of our friends and allies.

It is also important to be clear about...

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China's Expansion in the South China Sea: A Return to Great Power Politics

(31) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 2:03 PM

While the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the looming threat of Russian intervention in Ukraine have understandably captured the attention of most U.S. foreign policy observers, recent events underscore that the most important long-term challenge confronting the United States remains the rise of China....

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5 Questions for the 'Bomb Iran' Caucus

(60) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 1:28 PM

Even before the announcement of a successful nuclear "framework" deal last week between the United States, leading world powers, and Iran, the drums for war were beating. Advocates of a military strike argue that any deal will at best forestall Iran's progress and that only military force will...

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Dead Letter: The Senate Intervenes in the Iranian Nuclear Negotiation

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 11:51 AM

The controversial letter written by freshman Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 46 of his colleagues to the leadership of Iran represents an unprecedented and unwelcome development in what has become yet another highly politicized issue in Washington. Yet while the direct intervention of GOP legislators into the...

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Two Cheers for Obama's Ukraine Policy

(9) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:38 AM

While 2014 will certainly not be remembered as a particularly great year for U.S. foreign policy or American domestic politics, one important challenge where the Obama administration has made some real progress is in managing the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The United States embraced a measured and prudent...

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The INF Treaty and the Crisis In US-Russia Relations

(25) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 12:07 PM

The public acknowledgment by the Obama administration that Moscow has indeed violated the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty comes amidst a serious deterioration of U.S.-Russia relations primarily related to the Russian annexation of Crimea and continuing intervention in Ukraine. While a premeditated violation of the...

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Managing the Pentagon in 2015: Challenges for the Next Defense Secretary

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 2:58 PM

The coverage of Chuck Hagel's resignation as Defense Secretary last week underscored the difficult challenges and intense pressures that accompany the position. Confronted by a number of foreign crises and threats to U.S. national security interests, the Defense Secretary should play an important role in crafting administration strategy...

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Attacking ISIS: Military Force, U.S. Public Opinion and the Long War on Terrorism

(39) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:19 PM

As expected, the United States and its Arab allies have launched air strikes into Syria against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or the "Islamic State") targets. The attacks -- and public support for the use of military force in the Middle East -- represent a remarkable turnaround in...

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Even Limited Air Strikes Should Serve a Larger Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:14 PM

The situation in Iraq has been grim and chaotic. Since the fall of Mosul, pressure has mounted on the United States to take a more active role in addressing the growing threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). While critics can argue that the...

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The Roots of the Iraq Crisis: Political Failure, Military Collapse

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Scenes from central Iraq in recent days are deeply troubling. Sunni jihadist forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have scored shocking victories over the Iraqi National Army, capturing the city of Mosul and threatening to move south on Baghdad. While the situation is grave,...

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Crisis in the South China Sea

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Last week, a flotilla of Chinese ships carried a massive deepwater oil rig to an area of the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands, which are claimed by both China and Vietnam. Chinese coast guard vessels used water cannon against Vietnamese ships investigating the rig and Chinese...

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The Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later: What We Still Don't Know

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Just over a year removed from the attack on the Boston Marathon, we still know surprisingly little about the person allegedly responsible for its planning and execution, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. While his younger brother Dzhokhar sits in federal custody awaiting trial for his part in the crime that killed three innocent...

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Improving Trilateral Relations in East Asia: A Key to Long-Term Regional Peace and Stability

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Meetings between South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and U.S. President Barack Obama at the nuclear security summit in The Hague this week come at a particularly opportune time. For President Obama, it is a chance to personally reaffirm the commitment of the United...

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The Crisis In Ukraine: Western Ideals, Russian Interests

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Seemingly lost amidst the confused outrage emanating from more hawkish quarters of America's political class is a relatively straightforward explanation for Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior with respect to Crimea and the larger Ukrainian situation: Russia's leader defines the maintenance of influence over Ukraine and control (whether de jure or...

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Did Russia Violate the INF Treaty?

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 2:37 PM

On January 29, the New York Times ran a front page article reporting that the United States had notified its NATO allies that Russia may have violated the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) by testing a new cruise missile. The story received little further coverage and seemed...

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The Folly of New Iran Sanctions

(8) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 2:23 PM

While the momentum seems to have stalled, the movement in the United States Senate this week to pass a bill raising new sanctions on Iran threatened to undermine the negotiations for a long-term, comprehensive solution to the nuclear issue, just as the interim agreement negotiated in Geneva is...

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The Looming Security Dilemma in the Western Pacific

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 5:58 PM

With the announcements this week that Japan will expand its military capabilities over the next decade and further engage in defense cooperation with other regional partners, and that the United States will provide maritime security aid to Vietnam and the Philippines, it...

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China's Dual Challenges

(14) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 4:06 PM

In the wake of Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) earlier this month, headlines emphasized the announcements of major market-oriented economic reforms. The meeting also seemed to cement the stature of Xi Jinping as perhaps the most powerful Chinese...

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