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Patricia DeGennaro
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Patricia DeGennaro is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Department of Politics and a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York. Her projects focus on improving civil-military cooperation and a developing a comprehensive US foreign policy. Within the last year, she visited Iraq to see the military civilian transition first hand and spent significant time in Afghanistan consulting on provincial governance, capacity building, parliamentary reform and public policy development in the Office of the President of Afghanistan.

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More Meddling in the Middle East: Challenges Between Civilian and Military Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 8:12 PM

Leaks and more leaks coming from the White House. The recent disclosure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's memo to the National Security Advisor, and in turn meant for President Barack Obama in reference to Syria, is crucial. It is about time that administration officials start asking President Obama...

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The Heresies of Humans

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:59 PM

In the month of August 1945, Japan witnessed the most horrific human carnage. Two nuclear bombs plummeted from United States warplanes killing thousands. Some estimates put the death toll at over 200,000 within the first two months due to the affects of the radiation. Within months, people succumbed to burns,...

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Hillary Was Right!!

(89) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Yes, you heard me. Me who wrote the words Obama Don't Hire Hillary. The one who knows she missed a perfect opportunity with the Quadrennial Diplomatic and Development Review (QDDR) to restructure the DD dinosaur into a lean mean diplodevelopment machine. You heard it here, the...

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Going to Tehran: A Must Read!

(8) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 10:29 PM

President Obama and his national security team are no doubt making final preparations for the upcoming trip to Israel. Obama already began to lay the groundwork for his trip by sending messages to the Israeli leadership who remain fanatically wed to coercing the U.S. to go to war with Iran....

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Senator John McCain Instead of Chuck Hagel?

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Sequestration, is it really the 'greatest threat to US national security' or the optimal opportunity? The answer is not simple. However, if you listen to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the Congress and the military industrial complex, the world will come to an end if it happens. Ok, maybe...

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To Have or not to Have Guns

(6) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 9:54 AM

One week ago twenty children in an American school were massacred in less than ten minutes by a semiautomatic weapon. Too many innocent children are getting killed senselessly by guns. It is absolutely shocking that the Newton Elementary School shooting had to happen for people to noticed how many kids...

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Afghanistan: Time To End This War

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 10:13 AM

Western officials are hoping the violent outburst after the carless Koran burning at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan will not happen again. Despite their deepest desires there is no doubt that it will.

This was not the first furious demonstration against the U.S. and its NATO partners, who Afghans...

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To Go or Not to Go to War With Iran

(3) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 12:10 PM

Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, is on his way to the United States to argue, again, for a war with Iran. Plenty of U.S. officials including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper...

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Time for Israel to Embrace the Arab Spring

(88) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:17 AM

The Arab Spring began 2010. Many across the region continue to protest against repressive governments that are robbing populations of their basic human and civil rights. The "revolution" that has gripped the region has had vastly different impacts. Nevertheless, while the Arab masses continue to fight for their freedoms, Israel...

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Military Budget Cuts: No Big Deal or Excellent Opportunity?

(4) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 4:51 PM

Secretary Panetta is set to come out with his new "strategy" to offer his assessment on how to cut the military budget. The question remains: will it be the same old or will he have the courage to mandate what truly needs to be done to build a stellar military...

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Iran and the Nuclear Weapons Club

(84) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 1:45 PM

Iran hedged its bets and lost. By turning a blind eye to this week's violent assault on the British embassy, which had the distinct odor of spin, the regime plowed right over the edge of an already teetering tipping point.

Outrage over the behavior of the international community and...

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Governments, Wake Up!

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 12:34 PM

The idiom "the calm before the storm" signifies a quiet period before great excitement or activity. In case our leaders are missing it, the calm is over and the world is directly in the storm's wake.

They are missing all the clues that their western based hegemonic system is...

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Netanyahu and the U.S. Congress: A Love Fest

(195) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 11:45 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress this week to outline his plans for peace. It was, as expected, a love fest. Congress reacted to him like teenagers do to Beyonce and Lady GaGa. They drooled all over him. I couldn't help thinking that...

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Israel: Your Last Chance Is Now

(221) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 5:27 PM

Israel has tried to remain quiet through the democratic revolutionary movements going on surrounding the country. Other than its normal rants more recently against Hamas, now an official part of the Palestinian government like it or not, Netanyahu's government has been silent. Then came Nakba Day when the...

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Just Egypt? Or World Insurgency?

(6) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 1:34 PM

President Obama said it in his Cairo speech: "tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations." Further, he should have added, this...

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A Missed Opportunity at the State Department

(15) Comments | Posted December 19, 2010 | 5:01 PM

Last week's unveiling of the State Department's first-ever comprehensive strategic review -- titled the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) -- has been a long time coming. After a full year of delay, the department has officially admitted what government officials, academics, civilian workers and others have been saying for...

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Emma Williams' Tale of Two Jerusalems

(184) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 3:52 PM

It's Easier to Reach Heaven than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir By: Emma Williams Bloomsbury, ©2006 (UK), Olive Branch Press, ©2010 (USA)

"Everyone talks about it. The 'situation.'" That, Emma Williams explains, is how both Israelis and Palestinians refer...

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Mr. President, Take a Firm Lead in Afghanistan

(8) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 3:50 PM

The war in Afghanistan is now in its tenth year and it is really difficult to find any positive change. Leadership is lacking, and though the President and his cabinet inherited this war, their approach is strikingly unchanged: more troops, little oversight and minimal planning.

Further, despite a much...

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WikiLeaks: Why Aren't Heads Rolling?

(26) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 5:48 PM

The approximately 91,000 reports from the war in Afghanistan that were leaked to caused cries of outrage. Unfortunately this outrage was for all the wrong reasons. Headlines read "Pakistan helping Taliban," "The [Afghan] war takes a hit," and the like. What they should have read is "Heads Role" and...

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July 4th: Time to Revisit America's Mission

(2) Comments | Posted July 4, 2010 | 7:33 PM

As I sit here and write on July 4th, I wonder how all my friends, both civilian and military are faring in Afghanistan and Iraq. It feels unfair that they are there and I am not with them. Supporting them and talking about the desire to leave while not knowing...

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