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Military Cutbacks: The Perils of Downsizing

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The cutback of 40,000 active duty army personnel is a grave mistake that will cost us. Those are 40,000 highly trained, experienced professionals who have been trained to work with and support each other under adverse conditions.

All Americans Not Equal: Mistrust and Discrimination Against Naturalized Citizens in the U.S.

Alev Dudek | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, of which about six percent are naturalized U.S. citizens. Given the image associated with immigrants, one would assume that all Americans in the U.S., natural born or naturalized, have equal worth as citizens. This, however, is not necessarily the case.

To Ensure No Harm, Shouldn't a Psychologist Be in the Interrogation Room?: The APA Ban on Torture

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.

H2H Solutions to S2S Problems in the Information Age: A Case for Digital Diplomacy in East Asia

Meicen Sun | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Meicen Sun

The world we live in is digital, and individual, as it is also political and persistently statist. State actors' control of economic resources, combined with their monopoly in the legitimate use of force, has helped maintain their superiority over non-state actors.

The Republican Juggernaut Marching Us to War

David Coates | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
David Coates

If the Republican circus of presidential candidates manages to persuade -- by the regular repetition of inadequate and ill-informed talking points -- that the route to future U.S. economic prosperity and national security is through ever more military belligerence abroad, then we are on the way to yet more wars.

Chris Christie And Rand Paul Get In A Shouting Match Over Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

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Climate Change Is a National Security Problem

Dina Badie | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Dina Badie

Because information on the scientific consensus and the potential dangers take a backseat to the alleged debate and cliche images of polar bears clinging to ice blocks, the public remains severely uninformed about the many potential dangers that require action.

Why Chris Van Hollen's Statement Could Be The Tipping Point For The Iran Deal

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Van Hollen also addressed his hawkish colleagues in Congress, many of whom decried the deal even before fully reading it, who have been quick to move the goalposts of the agreement to include everything Iran does that we find objectionable.

A Way Out of Afghanistan's Crisis

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After massive fraud during the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, in September 2014 against the constitution a deal to form a national unity government (NUG) has been signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulah.

Israel Ambassadors Support Deal With Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

These ambassadors join the overwhelming majority of former diplomats and national security officials who have come out in favor of the deal to block all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. There is fierce opposition to the agreement, but most is from political figures and neoconservative groups, with few former senior officials backing them.

Nations Hacking Nations Means Your Personal Information Is at Risk

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 07.27.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

While there is nothing new about espionage or hacking, the size and depth of these attacks make them extremely serious. The ubiquity of technology and poor security have caused both crime and surveillance to skyrocket in frequency and specificity.

Grading the War on Terrorism

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

Much has changed for Americans since the start of the 21st century, but one constant has been the "War on Terrorism." This conflict continues to evolve every day, even as the obvious -- and most perplexing -- question persists: Are we winning or losing the battle?

Republicans Are Upset That Martin O'Malley Cited Actual Science On Climate Change And Conflict

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

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The Lessons Learned (And Not) From Vietnam and Iraq Shape the Fight Over the Iran Deal

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

What we must learn from his and Dubya's blunders is that the U.S. should never go to war unless we have absolutely no other choice, when any other course would put our country in real danger. As a country, we must learn to turn away from those who never learn that war must only be a last resort.

Obama's Munich

Robert G. Kaufman | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Robert G. Kaufman

The Republican Congress and prospective presidential candidates owe the American people candor and courage in staking out their principled opposition to the deal.

"Pivoting" West, When We Should be Pivoting East

Marc Barnett | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Marc Barnett

Increased cooperation between the U.S. and Europe facilitates a safer world. Europe and America can play the clichéd "good cop/bad cop" in real life, utilizing the best combination of hard power and soft power to secure global security allowing prosperity. I just hope Europe can see the advantages of playing a larger role too.

Is Terrorism Like a Cult?

Marc Barnett | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Marc Barnett

Only once we concede that the "decapitation" strategy failed, and re-examine a long-term, not short-term, strategy that wrestles with these underlying factors will we find success in the fight against terrorism; but the cost is steep.

Climate Change Trails ISIS, Iran On Americans' Threat List

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

Americans are less concerned about climate change than they are about the Islamic State, Iran's nuclear program and other threats, according to a new ...

Justice Matters: Holding People Who Torture to Account

Widney Brown | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Widney Brown

In short, there is a problem with justice in the United States. Government resources are used to protect the privileged, and crimes are largely excused when they are committed by police, private security contractors, members of the U.S. military or intelligence agents.

Air Force Head Considers Russia 'Biggest Threat' To U.S. National Security

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - Russia is the biggest threat to U.S. national security and America must boost its military presence throughout Europe e...

Countering Violent Extremism and Bridging the Security-Development Gap

Dr. Khalid Koser | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Dr. Khalid Koser

There remains in many administrations a gap between those government agencies charged with security, and those with responsibility for overseas development. Countering violent extremism depends on bridging this gap.

Marriage Equality: A Personal View From the Military

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

The other day was one of those truly great days. When I turned on NPR, the Attorney General of South Dakota was talking about marrying homosexual couples immediately. A wonderful end to an incredible journey.

The Energy Sector is Undermining National Security and Development in Mozambique

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Political stability and absence of violence in Mozambique are in their lowest levels in two decades.

Washington's Way of Dealing With Hostages: More Bureaucracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Al-Qaeda affiliates around the world, holding westerners hostage and threatening to kill them if their governments don't pay for their release is big business. In fact, kidnapping is a massive windfall for terrorist organizations in general.

Surveillance Reform: The Congressional-Intelligence Complex Strikes Back

Patrick G. Eddington | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Patrick G. Eddington

Despite the revelations provided by Edward Snowden about the scope and illegality of the U.S. government's mass surveillance programs, the Intelligence Community's power to fight back remains potent -- especially when its ostensible watchdogs are its biggest supporters and apologists.