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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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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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The US Debt-Ceiling Debate

I.                    Introduction: Why the Debate on the Debt Ceiling is Valuable What does the US debt-ceiling debate have in common with an ancient Dutch village? On the surface, not much; but there is one common theme between the two during the negotiation of imminent disasters. “Polder Politics” is the term used to describe the negotiations […]

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Policing the World and the Transformers

The Benefits and Consequences of a Superpower’s Global Defense Strategy The “Transformers” is only a cartoon and more recently a highly popular big-screen movie franchise. But can the show be used as an analogy for debate over the “policing of the world” today? I personally saw an immediate connection after watching the trailer and finally […]

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Obama 2012: The GOP’s Best Friend?

“…Tonight, I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new speaker, John Boehner” (Obama, 2011). This was how Barack Obama began his 2011 State of the Union address, before he turned to offer applause to the Republican Speaker of the House. This honor of Boehner […]

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Libya: Why the West Waited for UN Support

The United Nations Security Council has just voted to permit the creation of a “no-fly-zone” over Libya to assist the rebels in repelling Qaddafi’s troops, who were poised to move on Benghazi within days. Just as recently as three days ago (March 15), many feared that the “moment [had] passed” for intervention. Why did the West wait so […]

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Does China deserve to have its own “peace prize”?

One of the more interesting developments in the interplay between Chinese and Western foreign policy was China’s decision to host its own “peace prize”. Regardless of how badly it was actually handled and implemented by the Chinese, I am interested in this question: Should the US have attended the ceremony and encouraged the winner of […]

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