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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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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 ...

Obama on Iraq: We Will Be Prepared to Take Targeted Military Action

June 19, 2014 President Obama announced Thursday afternoon that the U.S. will be stepping up its intelligence-gathering and military support to help the Iraqis, but will not employ combat forces outright to deal with the crisis in the country. However, he said the U.S. "will be prepared to take targeted and precise military ...

Iraq Could Split, Says Former CIA Head

June 18, 2014 The current conflict in Iraq may have already inflicted irreversible damage on the country, leading either to partition or to an Iran-backed dictatorship. That's according to Mike Morell, the former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in an in-depth interview with Charlie Rose on Tuesday. A militant group called ...

Obama on Iraq: 'We Will Not Be Sending U.S. Troops Back Into Combat'

June 13, 2014 In a statement from the South Lawn on Friday, President Obama made clear that his administration is deeply worried about what's happening in Iraq, and that he does not have faith that the Iraqi government will be able to handle the crisis alone. "We will not be sending U.S. troops ...

Former NSA Director: 'An Attack Is Going to Come'

June 6, 2014 Keith Alexander blames the National Security Agency's poor communication with the public for the loss of trust and tarnished image it has suffered since the first Snowden leaks exactly one year ago. "We've got to have a way of putting the facts out so that the American people know," the ...