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In recent years, Europe’s defense deficit has dramatically worsened -- that is to say, its military capabilities have deteriorated as its military needs have increased. But Europeans have been in denial about the way forward: They must finally agree to collaborate on defense policy.
China’s recent announcement of an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea has generated a great deal of alarm. Much of that is a function of the fact that few know what an ADIZ is, what it is for, and why it matters -- including, apparently, the Chinese government and military.
The monolithic view in the West that all Pakistanis are enraged by drone strikes is inaccurate. In fact, further north -- closer to the areas that bear the brunt of the strikes -- it is not uncommon to encounter strong support for them.
Throughout the fall, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's party looked set to lose this weekend's local elections -- and big time. But then, he forced private stores to slash prices and urged the public to empty their shelves. That will probably be enough to hand his party a victory, but it might not ensure Maduro's political survival in the long term.
Alarmist predictions about a coming split between Israel and the United States after the Iran deal ignore the complexity of Israel's internal politics and the flexibility of the state's security establishment in directing foreign policy. U.S.-Israeli relations are not in grave danger, since there are still enough common policy concerns keeping the two countries together
Nelson Mandela lived one of the great lives of the twentieth century: he was an international icon who brought democratic rule and human rights to South Africa. But to thrive in the twenty-first century, the country needs not hope and activism but technocrats and engineers who can develop workable solutions to the messy realities of urban blight and rural poverty.
The recent nuclear agreement with Iran has spooked many of Washington’s most important allies in the Persian Gulf. The United States can and must allay their fears; any long-term resolution to the Iranian nuclear standoff will otherwise be difficult to sustain.
Is drone technology the problem, or is the policy of targeted killings the real issue? Although activists come down on both sides of the debate, it is impossible to separate one from the other.
Nearly 150 years after its completion, the Suez Canal continues to inspire awe. But given recent developments in politics, economics, and security, some see it as a mere relic. In fact, the waterway ensures Cairo's continued relevance to the United States and the region.
Nuclear weapons programs are hard to dismantle for bureaucratic reasons, not technical ones. If the United States hopes for its recent agreement with Iran to stick, it must win over the scientists and pencil pushers who keep Iran's nuclear program running.
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