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Operation Iraqi Freedom demonstrated, or should have demonstrated, that joint warfighting—that is, the synergistic application of the unique capabilities of each service so that the net result is a capability that is greater than the sum of the parts—is not just the mantra of the Department of Defense, but is, in fact, a real

The debate in the United States over NATO enlargement ended on 30 April 1998 when the Senate voted 80-19 in favor of admitting Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to the Alliance as full members. Whether for or against, many of the participants in and observers of the debate are just glad that it is over; after almost seven years, it had become an exercise more hackneyed than illuminating. Like it or not, NATO is moving East....

No bombs need fall from the sky. Yet damage can be inflicted on the United States through market manipulation that would be as costly to recover from as any conventional attack. The threat of financial and commodity market manipulation is not new. What is newis the ability of a foreign government to use manipulation in a way that would cause a swift and systemic

Over the past half decade, the decline in the dollar’s value against all major foreign currencies and the concurrent rise in oil prices have put the American economy on a precarious footing. Despite the danger, changes in financial and commodity prices have been gradual enough that the economy has had time to adjust, forestalling the kind of swift, deep crisis that keeps the world’s central bankers awake at night....

Ronald Reagan was born into a different world. It was an age when imperial European powers held sway over much of the globe, and the United States had just begun to make its presence felt in international affairs. By the time he became president, Reagan’s critics on the Left would not only take aim at his physical age, but also assert that he was an intellectual lightweight—what ideas he had were relics of a bygone era.

A Q&A with Lawrence Husick on how insurgents spread their message via the Web


May 3, 2006 is the day when my interest in Iraq moved from the analytical to the personal. I had known friends who served or were serving in Iraq, but on that day I found out I would be joining them. Nine days later I arrived at Ft. Hood, Texas, to begin preparations to deploy.

Countering Democratic Regression in Europe and Eurasia

Findings from an October 16, 2009 conference at Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Organizers: Adrian A. Basora and Mitchell A. Orenstein


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The Chinese navy has been throwing its weight around in East Asia. A US Navy commander asks how much longer the US can do anything about it.