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Libya's Descent to a Failed State
The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.
Food of the Gods
Foreign Policy In Focus columnist, author
Sub-Saharan Africa produces
percent of the world's cocoa beans. Should anything wipe out the cocoa crop from either of these producer nations, there is no other country that could quickly take up the slack.
Promises Unkept: Obama Administration and a Unified Security Budget
Communications strategist, Writer, Single Mom
While the president has made some strides toward curbing waste, fraud and abuse in Pentagon contracting, he has yet to change the crucial balance between military and non-military security spending.
F-22 Vote Worries Arms Investors
Writer and Foreign Policy Expert
Even with the president and the secretary of defense on the right side, it took what President Eisenhower called "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry" to put the anti-F-22 effort over the top.
Take a Dose of
Battle in Seattle
to Relieve Washington Fatigue
Leo W. Gerard
International President, United Steelworkers
Under the right set of circumstances -- like impending balloting on their re-election -- Congressmen do respond to public outcry.
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