State of the Union 2012: Income Inequality

Introduction US President Barack Obama’s economic pitch for the 2012 campaign season appears to be reflected in his December 2011 statement that “I believe that America succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot” (Luce, 2011). Are you, like some in the Occupy movements, concerned that the wealthy corporate elite is intentionally withholding money from their employees […]

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Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform

Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform By Paul R. Pillar An Analytical Review By Chris Rottenberg Paul Pillar shows that intelligence reforms, especially the measures enacted since September 11 can be deeply misguided. The attempts at reforming intelligence performance from a political standpoint often miss the sources that actually underwrite failed […]

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Nuclear Weapons Postures: Why Some Nations Flaunt Nukes While Others Conceal Them

Why does North Korea flaunt its nuclear status, while Israel hides its identity as a nuclear power? Has the United States ever been ready to fire at a moment’s notice? These are interesting questions and are important to understand in order to more accurately measure the relative power of different countries. There are three regional […]

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Why Leaders Lie

This article is a book review of John J. Mearsheimer’s 2011 book Why Leaders Lie. “I think the inherent right of the Government to lie to save itself when faced with nuclear disaster is basic” (Mearsheimer, 2011, p. 31). This statement was made in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Arthur Sylvester, assistant secretary […]

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Why Poor Diets are Endangering Public Health: A Major U.S. Concern

Article Summary With the issue of obesity and diabetes spinning out of control, some are concerned that the food industry is largely to blame for manipulating the public’s ability to choose healthier foods. In addition to being more concerned with public welfare and health, companies who wish to become more socially responsible can express sound […]

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CounterStrike and Deterrence: Can a Cold War Tactic Stop Terrorism?

CounterStrike The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al-Qaeda By Thom Shanker and Eric Schmidt   An Analytical Review By Chris Rottenberg This book was not just made for the policy makers inside the belt-way since it has a clear distinction from other books about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This book goes […]

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Syrian Terrorism in Lebanon

[Editor’s Note: One of the referenced authors uses an alternate Latin spelling of the more commonly-used Arabic term Hezbollah. Hizballah is thus used as the spelling throughout the document for consistency.] Is Syria running Lebanon? Syria’s objectives in Lebanon have consistently been to accomplish one central goal: controlling the Palestinian cause so that it can be […]

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China or India: Which Economy Will Win?

One interesting difference between the two economies is the contrast between their dominant export sectors. Whereas China’s chief export is manufactured goods that primarily utilize low to medium-skilled labor, India’s main export is medium-skilled English-language service outsourcing. Comparatively, China’s employees have a less visible incentive to improve themselves en masse. There may simply be lower […]

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The Petraeus’ Doctrine: A Better Way to Win

Noted for being effective in the search for solutions to the deep and complex issues which plague Iraq and Afghanistan, the Petraeus Doctrine has offered a new approach to fighting terrorism and dangerous insurgent armies. Perplexed by two grueling battles that have lasted longer than expected, what U.S. General David Petraeus hoped to discover in […]

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U.S. Counter-Terrorism: Better Now Than on 9/11?

The ten-year anniversary of 9/11 provides an excellent time to reflect on American counter-terrorism strategies, including where they were prior to that day and where methodology has changed since then. This article will briefly discuss the history of intelligence gathering before moving on to defense of the homeland in the United States, “the wall” between […]

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How Effective is the UN in Counter-Terrorism Operations?

The role of the United Nations (UN) counter-terror strategy seems to primarily involve aiding its members (national governments) with strategy prior to an attack and then providing assistance in response to actual terror attacks. Many see the UN as largely a talking shop; this image is not currently alleviated when the topic of counter-terror arises. […]

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James Bond Goes…Corporate?

This article is a book review of Eamon Javers’ book Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy. While the directors of intelligence agencies for Western governments top out at well under $200K annually, spies who move from the public sector to the private world can earn more than double their former bosses’ salaries. This is an example of […]

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Russian National Identity Lost?

The end to the United States Space Shuttle Program on the 21st of July 2011, with the return of space shuttle Atlantis, brought with it nostalgic recollections of past space endeavors and ambitions – not the least of which was the USA vs. USSR space race.  As the ability of the United States to send […]

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The Connection Between Globalisation and Terrorism

There are numerous variables that have the potential to come into effect when one considers the nexus between globalization and terrorism. Some experts have argued that globalization is simple interdependence on steroids; that is its in essence a trend that “has widened the effective reach of multinational business, enabling smaller firms as well as larger […]

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Global Counter-Terrorism: How US allies are coping with terror – France, Canada, and Australia

This is the second and final segment of a previous post. To see the original, click here: France In France the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire or Department of Territorial Surveillance (DST) serves the same function as MI5 does in England. The central difference between the two organizations is that MI5 has some oversight, […]

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