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Kaveh Waddell

Kaveh Waddell Kaveh Waddell is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he previously conducted policy research​. A native of Seattle, he studied international politics and economics at Middlebury College
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Why the National Guard Is Coming to Ferguson

August 18, 2014 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced he will send elements of his state's National Guard to Ferguson early Monday morning, a response to increasingly restive demonstrations that grew out of last week's police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The National Guard's involvement indicates a further escalation of security needs in Ferguson ...

What's in the Boxes of Aid Being Dropped Into Iraq?

August 13, 2014 By now, we've seen images and video of U.S. aircraft delivering food aid to Yazidi refugees trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq, providing relief to the men, women, and children who have run out of food and water there. But what do these hungry refugees see when then they ...

Helicopter Crashes in Iraq After Delivering Aid to Yazidis

August 12, 2014 An Iraqi helicopter returning from delivering food and water to tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq crashed Tuesday. The helicopter went down because of a mechanical failure, according to state-run TV channel al-Iraqiya, which cited military sources. The crash killed the pilot and ...

Obama to Iraq: 'America Is Coming to Help'

August 8, 2014 The United States has authorized the use of targeted military airstrikes and carried out a humanitarian operation in northern Iraq, President Obama said Thursday night. The aid mission dropped by aircraft 5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water and 8,000 meals ready-to-eat to thousands of Iraqis who have been stranded atop ...

What Egypt Stands to Win From the Gaza Conflict

July 24, 2014 After a conducting an openly unfair election and committing a rash of documented human-rights abuses, the new Egyptian government is running short on legitimacy. But President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi now has his first chance to prove himself to the world by negotiating a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, putting a ...

The Democratization of Drone Warfare

July 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The awesome power to attack from above, unseen and out of harm's way, was once the stuff of science fiction. It became reality in the early 2000s, when an American fleet of ominously named Raptors, Predators, and Reapers brought U.S. military superiority into the 21st century. But the U.S. isn't ...

The U.S. and Iran's YouTube Diplomacy

July 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 nations meet behind closed doors in Vienna in a final push for a comprehensive nuclear deal, a separate round of negotiations is taking place online. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, traded accusations, praise, and hopeful ...

Libya Is Stumbling Toward Civil War

July 1, 2014 Since the attack that took the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in September 2012, Benghazi has taken on a life of its own, serving as everything from a rallying cry against the Obama administration to a derisive hashtag poking fun at administration critics. But for all ...

ISIS Opponents Take Aim at Its Online Presence

June 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has taken to Twitter to spread its message, trumpet bloody successes, and recruit potential jihadists, but its social-media campaign has come under attack from forces that range from the U.S. State Department to the mysterious group of hacker-activists who call themselves Anonymous. ISIS ...

Obama Asks Congress for $500 Million to Train Syrian Rebels

June 26, 2014 President Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and equip moderate elements of the Syrian opposition. The sum is part of a $1.5 billion Regional Stabilization Initiative that would also establish partnerships with Syria's neighbors—Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq—to offset the threat of extremism that has already overflowed ...