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Obama Pakistan Drones

Drones: An Outlier In A Transparent Presidency

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Sarah Holewinski

Who is targeted, why, how and what civilian protection measures are put in place are unknown to anyone but a tight inner circle of policy makers -- an about-face for a president who pledged a transparent government in his first term. And Congress is following his lead.

The Truth About Obama's Drone Campaign: It's About Attrition, Not Decapitation

Alexander B. Downes | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Alexander B. Downes

Drone strikes are mostly killing low-level Pakistani militants, not al Qaeda leaders. This strategy is unlikely to cause the collapse of al Qaeda or even the Pakistani Taliban and may have counterproductive effects. Obama's second term may therefore require new thinking on drones.

A Rugged Time for Obama's Big Geopolitical Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

America under Barack Obama has begun the big geopolitical pivot from its fateful over-engagement with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to greater engagement with Asia and the Pacific. But this week showed that the transition is going to be anything but smooth.