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The End of Al-Qaeda

Shadi Hamid | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shadi Hamid

Republicans, by encouraging hysteria over the terrorist threat, are making the threat of terrorism that much more salient. In the coming weeks, it will be worth remembering Al-Qaeda's formula: small acts for big effect.

Keeping Your New Year's Resolution is a Matter of National Security

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

Full-body scans are like your first visit to a nude beach. Or Barack Obama's first year in office: unreasonably high expectations dashed by dumpy, lumpy pedestrian reality.

"Markets" and the National Interest

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Hart

It is not only wrong for private American financial institutions to go abroad selling financial snake oil to foreign governments; in a just world it would also be criminal.

Orwell and Language

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Those concerned with the president adopting the language of his predecessor are following the line of oppressive political figures who understood that he who controls the meaning of words also controls the outcome of the debate.

The Shrinking State

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

If governments cannot guarantee the security of their people, the people will stockpile their own weapons and possibly create their own militias or private security forces.

Questions for Nation-Builders

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

What standards of democracy do we expect the Afghan government to meet, Jefferson's or the Saudi royal family's?

American Police Force: For All Your Sketchy, Private Security Needs!

Julie Farby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Farby

The firm provides SWAT training and convoy security in war zones and has "interdicted weapons of mass destruction" -- but it also takes your marriage seriously.

How to Fight Climate Change, Create Jobs and Make America Safer

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer today introduced a bill that aspires to accomplish the climate change mission and addresses other important issues Americans face, like employment.

New Justice Department Policy Signals Hope for Justice in Vieques

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Dropping the sovereign immunity defense in the Vieques environmental case would demonstrate the Obama administration's commitment to ending the overzealous use of national defense claims.

Obama Administration May Issue Historic Order On Declassification Of National Security Records

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In what would be a significant break with precedent, the Obama administration may be about to issue an order ruling that national security information...

Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy Vision, in Need of Corrective Lenses

Frankie Sturm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frankie Sturm

The fact that economies in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere have grown since 1945 is not a sign of American decline. It's a testament to US leadership.

Lawmakers Weigh Patriot Act Extension

L.A. Times | David G. Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reporting from Washington - The Patriot Act -- a favorite tool in the George W. Bush administration's fight against terrorism -- may be renamed later...

Dr. Strangelove vs. the President

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The subject of nukes will be present a lot over the next year. The Strangelove echo chamber is preparing to scare us back to the 1960s.

Obama To Set Higher Bar For Keeping State Secrets

washingtonpost.com | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce a new policy Wednesday making it much more difficult for the government to claim that it is protecting state se...

The Security Implications of Climate Change

Justin Mundy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Justin Mundy

Climate security, energy security, food security and water security are now all inextricably linked. There is no long term and stable security outcome that is viable unless all four challenges are met.

CQ Columnist: Obama Should Ditch Intelligence Advisory Board

CQ Politics | Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nine months into his administration, President Obama has yet to fill any of the 16 seats on the White House Intelligence Advisory Board -- as far as I...

Child Health as a Critical National Security Issue

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our national security manpower needs -- as well as our nation's overall needs for healthy, educated citizens prepared to compete in a globalized economy -- are more serious than ever

Alternative 25 Year National Strategies

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

A strategy of new internationalism is anticipatory rather than reactive, appreciating that major disruptions will occur globally so rapidly that reliance on time to react is unrealistic.

Screaming Joe Wilson: Newt Gingrich's Frankenstein

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

If congressional politics are inside baseball, Newt Gingrich completely upended the playing field. Joe Wilson isn't an accident, he's an outcome.

A National Security Act for the 21st Century

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

NATO has yet to define a 21st century mission. There are new security threats that do not lend themselves to military response and that cannot be addressed either by old alliances or by the US alone.

The 9/11 Standard

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Republicans would love to take credit for the safety we are enjoying under Obama, but do you think that they would say the same thing if the shoe was on the other foot?

Marine's Photo Reminds Us of War that Will Not End

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Winship

There can be no denying the story the photo tells. It forces us to confront through a young man's violent death the ugly, bloody reality of a war.

White Rivers, Brown Skin, and Black Deeds: Into the Rabbit Hole of Border Detentions and Racial Profiling

Hamdan Azhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamdan Azhar

The evil of profiling is that it dehumanizes its victims, stripping them of their individuality. The border officials didn't see me as a writer or as a wide-eyed student in the grip of wanderlust.

Why The Military Is Worried About Climate Change

Jonathan Powers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Powers

Military leaders are now identifying climate change and energy security as a growing threat. The Pentagon is now taking it so seriously that it has been war-gaming scenarios.

Eight Weeks of America's War, Not Eight Years of "Obama's War"

Jonathan Morgenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Morgenstein

The Obama administration is trying to salvage the situation in Afghanistan after the Bush Administration lost the war over eight years.