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Steve Clemons
Steven Clemons is a Senior Fellow and Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, where he previously served as Executive Vice President. He is also publisher of the popular political blog, A specialist in U.S.-Asia policy and U.S. foreign policy matters as well as broad international economic and security affairs, Steve Clemons joined New America in May 1999 after serving as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute. Mr. Clemons has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman and was the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center in Washington. In Los Angeles, Clemons served for seven years as the Executive Director of the Japan America Society of Southern California and co-founded the Japan Policy Research Institute.

Steve Clemons writes frequently on foreign policy, defense, and international economic policy. His work has appeared in most of the major leading op-ed pages, journals, and magazines around the world. Clemons serves on the Board of Directors of the Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund, the Starr Center for the American Experience at Washington College, and on the Clark Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College.

Entries by Steve Clemons

Pondering Clinton vs Clinton From Paris

(4) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 5:12 AM

Unexpectedly I got a free day in Paris because United airlines took out of its fleet a plane deemed too risky.  I felt more lucky than frustrated when they decided to tow the plane away from the gate.

As a result I got to spend an evening and morning with nearly...

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Presidents Day Special: Three Books on America's Founding Era

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 2:08 PM

George Washington Prize 2014 Finalists

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito makes a habit (hope sharing this doesn't ruin it) of attending most years a special tribute dinner at George and Martha Washington's Mount Vernon -- some times on the...

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What?? Michael Oren Going to Scowcroft Center

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:46 AM


There are some exceptions, but one of the major failings of Washington's think tank and policy communities is a general unwillingness to embrace the people and ideas that run counter to an institution's own. They are contributing to the political...

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If John Bolton Reaches Out to You by Email, Beware

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2014 | 12:30 PM

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Much to my surprise a few days ago, I received an invitation from Ambassador John Bolton to hook up with him on LinkedIn.

While I have expressed admiration for as well as concerns...

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Rand Paul Boosts Foreign Policy Stock

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Reuters/Mike Segar

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gave a provocative, smart foreign policy speech last night at the 20th anniversary dinner of the Center for the National Interest, previously known as the Nixon Center.

I'll offer highlights about the speech later,...

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Sgt. Chuck Hagel Still: Talking with the Defense Secretary

(5) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 10:12 PM

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Steve Clemons interviews Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon. (Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/DoD)

Recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a 904-page book to Egyptian Army Commander-in-Chief Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, with whom he has had over...

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Manchin-Heitkamp: The Senate's Compelling Alternative Syria Resolution

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 3:32 PM


Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was none too pleased when a Democratic Senate colleague, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, blocked his efforts to move a notch forward on gun control by expanding requirements for background checks.

But now the two of...

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'We Were Bored... So We Decided to Kill Somebody'

(183) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 6:08 PM


Christopher Lane, an Australian who was on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Okla., was shot and killed in the nearby town of Duncan on August 16, 2013 (AP/East Central University)

I have been...

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Why Would the Muslim Brotherhood Believe in Voting Now?

(14) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 8:34 AM


Max Taylor, The Atlantic

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are heading to Egypt, apparently as symbols of democratic magnanimity that losers in political contests should not be rounded up and thrown in prison. 

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Deception in Counting the Unemployed

(46) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 12:01 PM



Leo Hindery, Jr. is one of those big personalities in real life that we see characters trying to play in the movies.  He sees himself as a larger than life change agent, working to rewire America's social...

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McCain's Benghazi Fishing Trip Lands Gregory Hicks

(242) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 10:46 AM



Last evening in Manhattan, Senator John McCain met with supporters of a new center named in his honor called the John McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. McCain spoke and displayed all of the maverick, straight-talk...

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How Opposition Should Behave: After Chuck Hagel and John Bolton

(16) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 11:29 AM

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Chuck Hagel, left, is sworn into office as the 24th defense secretary by Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department's director of administration and management, as Hagel's wife, Lilibet, holds a...

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CHANGE MY MIND: What Do You Think of Obama's Drone War?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 11:45 AM

A Justice Department memo obtained this week by NBC News revealed that U.S. citizens who engage in terrorist activities anywhere are fair game for drones:

The President has the authority to respond to the imminent threat posed by al-Qa'ida and its associated forces, arising from his constitutional...
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Officials: Chuck Hagel Was a 'Gift From God' for the Israeli USO

(30) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 8:54 PM

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Jason Reed/Reuters

Admiral Ze'ev Almog, or Aluf Almog in Hebrew, speaks in a deep baritone, no-BS, command-authority voice that must have intimidated enemies and...

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Reading Tea Leaves of Political Appointments Not Yet Made

(7) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 4:05 PM

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Something rare just happened.  Rather than me having to dog various of the media handlers or key policy hands at the National Security Council or White House on whether Chuck Hagel...

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Khalilzad: Hagel a Courageous Patriot Who Deserves Secretary of Defense Consideration

(5) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 9:20 AM

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Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Former George W. Bush administration US Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations -- as well as former National Security Council Senior Director for Southwest Asia, Near East, and North African Affairs --

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The Chuck Hagel I Know: A Staunch Defender of Gay Rights

(55) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 7:22 PM

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Senator Chuck Hagel hasn't 
spent much time at Human Rights Campaign dinners. I wish he had gone -- or better yet, had been invited by the organization to speak and share his views...

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Mohammed Morsi: Abe Lincoln in Disguise? Or Another Mubarak?

(105) Comments | Posted November 25, 2012 | 9:04 PM

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Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

"I am the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, clothed in immense power!" one can imagine Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi thinking after his jaw-dropping power...
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The Strategic Choice at the Ballot Box Today

(14) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 8:34 AM

barack-obama-1.jpgThree years ago, I wrote a piece for The American Interest grading President Barack Obama's foreign policy performance after one year. I gave him a poor mark as I believed then that in assessing Obama, only...

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GOP Presidents Worst Contributors to Federal Debt

(65) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 5:44 AM

Ronald Reagan.jpgPhil McCarten/Reuters

In terms of total increase in "federal debt to GDP" under U.S. presidents in the post-World War II era, Republican presidents during their terms have contributed far more to the debt...

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