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Entries by Gabriel Lajeunesse

The Danger of Pressing Iran

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 8:42 AM

On Thursday, the White House released an expanded list of companies and individual persons subject to sanctions for assisting Iran's nuclear program. The rationale for such an approach, just weeks after a supposedly groundbreaking agreement to ensure Iran no longer enriches weapons-grade uranium, is ostensibly to...

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The Costs of War -- Toning Down the Rhetoric on Syria

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 5:48 PM

The hawks have begun circling around the figure of the recalcitrant Bashar al-Assad. From presidential "red lines" to congressional leaders, to neo-conservative and neo-liberal policy-wonks, the argument for regime change is becoming daily op-ed and chattering class fodder. We naturally want to stop the slaughter of civilians. We also cannot...

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The Arab Spring and the Illusion of a Pragmatic Approach to Foreign Policy

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 6:38 PM

As Arab Spring moves into Arab Fall, a review of current policy approaches reveals little coherence towards any grand design. Last week, Russia vetoed the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) imposing sanctions on the Syrian regime despite brutal oppression by Bashar al-Assad and his security forces where approximately 4000...

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Towards a Fiscally and Politically Solvent Counterterrorism Strategy

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 2:43 PM

Helene Cooper and Mark Landler of the New York Times recently reported on the shifting focus of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan toward targeted killings to create strategic leverage, rather than the counterinsurgency campaign some had envisioned. This is a good thing.

In the years following September 11th,...

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Iran and the Myth of Deterrence

(110) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 1:28 PM

Fareed Zakaria and others who argue deterrence is the answer to a nuclear Iran miss the point -- the real issue is not whether Iran can be deterred from use or transfer of a nuclear weapon, but rather how a weapon would enable Iran to transition from its current status...

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