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Carter: The US Military Is Training an Iraqi Army That Doesn't Want To Fight

May 25, 2015 The Obama Administration has run out of patience with Iraq’s Army. On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” to discuss the recent fall of Ramadi, one of Iraq’s major cities, to ISIS. Despite possessing substantial advantages in both numbers and equipment, he said,...

Russia, China Grow Closer With New Cyber Agreement

May 11, 2015 On Saturday, Russia staged a grand celebration in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country’s defeat Nazi Germany in World War Two. The occasion—which featured a military procession through Red Square—did not include the leaders of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, who declined to attend...

Drone Deaths and the Myth of Precision

April 27, 2015 On Thursday morning, President Obama appeared before White House reporters to announce that a January drone strike had inadvertently killed two Western hostages held at an al-Qaeda compound in Pakistan. The tragedy, he said, would lead the United States to review its policy surrounding drone warfare. "We will identify the...

Afghanistan Says ISIS Has Come

April 19, 2015 In the ten months since its stunning capture of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, the Islamic State has expanded its reach beyond its geographic base, establishing a foothold in countries such as Libya. A vicious suicide attack in Afghanistan now raises fear that the war-torn country may be next. On Saturday,...

Is There a Future for Russia Without Vladimir Putin?

March 15, 2015 Vladimir Putin's mysterious sabbatical from public life is now in its eighth day, and, still, nobody knows where he is. The Kremlin, whose spokesman Dmitry Peskov has the unfortunate task of insisting nothing is wrong, denies that the Russian president is incapacitated. On Saturday, Moscow announced that Putin will surface...

FAA Drone Regulations Deal Blow to Amazon

February 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Jeff Bezos appeared on 60 Minutes on Dec. 1, 2013, the Amazon CEO unleashed a startling new innovation for his company: Before long, Amazon would use unmanned "drone" aircraft to deliver packages to customers as quickly as 30 minutes. All that it needed, the company said, was for the...

ISIS Appears To Have Executed Its Second Japanese Hostage

February 1, 2015 A video purportedly released by the Islamic State on Saturday appeared to show the beheading of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist whom militants had captured in Syria and held hostage. The death of Goto came one week after ISIS executed Haruna Yukawa, a fellow Japanese citizen who had traveled to...

How an ISIS Beheading Might Change Japan

January 26, 2015 A video released on Islamic State-affiliated Twitter accounts shows the apparent beheading of Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old Japanese citizen who had been held captive by ISIS forces since last August. Yukawa's death hasn't been independently verified, but the Japanese government said it believes the video to be authentic. The beheading...

Why North Korea Sanctions Are Unlikely To Be Effective

January 5, 2015 After the FBI announced that North Korea was behind last month's major hack of Sony as it prepared to release The Interview, President Obama vowed to carry out a proportional response (despite some experts pouring skepticism over the FBI's claim that North Korea is responsible). On Friday, the president followed...

The U.S. Government's Foreign-Language Problem

January 5, 2015 For American citizens wishing to serve their government as linguists, career advancement can present a vexing Catch-22. To acquire the language and cultural skills needed to succeed in the job, a linguist typically must spend years within a foreign country, developing ties with residents. But this experience abroad is a...