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Entries by Michael Doyle

Now Is Not the Time for Intervention In Syria

(55) Comments | Posted February 19, 2012 | 11:21 AM

As pressure mounts on foreign powers to consider intervening militarily in Syria, analogies are being drawn between what NATO accomplished in Libya and whether something comparable may be possible in Syria. Military intervention would perhaps make the West feel better -- knowing that it attempted to do something concrete to...

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The Rationale And Costs Of Chinese Censorship

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 10:38 AM

While China has opened itself to the world in many ways and is gradually acting upon some of its global responsibilities, it continues to keep its media and computer networks under tight control and seeks to prevent the elements of globalization it finds distasteful from influencing the Chinese population. Historically,...

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America's Emerging Military Posture

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 11:53 AM

After a decade marked by two long wars, massive increases in military spending, and a ballooning deficit, it is no surprise that the Obama administration plans a $450 billion Pentagon budget reduction over the next decade, equal to approximately 5% of its budget. However, as a result of the automatic...

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Whether Democracy or Authoritarianism - What Matters Is Success

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 10:39 AM

Given the events of the past year in the Middle East and North Africa, there is reason for optimism, as well as skepticism, about how the democratic process may unfold in MENA, and elsewhere. No realist would have honestly imagined that cookie-cutter mini-Americas would sprout up across the landscape, but...

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Scenarios for Conflict Between the Koreas

(11) Comments | Posted December 26, 2011 | 7:13 AM

While tension has increased on the Korean peninsula since the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on Dec. 17, in the week that has passed the North Korean government has quickly thrown its weight behind anointed successor Kim Jong-un. As a result, at least some of the uncertainty has...

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