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Essay, 2014
Jonathan Alter

Whether the Obama administration’s bungled rollout of HealthCare.gov will permanently tarnish the administration’s legacy is unclear, but it certainly offers important -- and depressing -- insights into the president’s operating style and the administration’s culture.

Essay, 2014
Sarah Kreps and Micah Zenko

Armed drones are starting to rule the skies, but the United States’ monopoly over their use is fading. The Obama administration should nurture a regime to limit drone proliferation, similar to efforts to control nuclear weapons and missiles.

Snapshot,
Rebecca Hamilton

Samantha Power has always argued that U.S. policymakers have the ability and obligation to respond to terrible crimes by exploring the options that lie between “doing nothing or unilaterally sending in the marines.” As the Obama administration's UN ambassador, that is exactly what she has done.

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Colin Dueck

On the surface, it seems that Rand Paul has much in common with a GOP base that is increasingly wary of overseas interventions. But the two have much more cause to disagree on national security than it seems at first glance.

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Benjamin Friedman

The American public has always wanted a more restrained foreign policy than the one on offer from Washington. Understanding the gap requires looking beyond the latest election cycle.

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Dmitry Adamsky

In the coming months, Israel will work with other world powers to find a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program even as it signals its military resolve. But dual strategy can be counterproductive if not managed properly.

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Michael Doran, William McCants, and Clint Watts

The al Qaeda of yesterday is gone. What is left is a collection of many different splinter organizations, most with local agendas. The United States should treat each on a case-by-case basis, especially in Syria were two affiliates, the al-Nusra front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are battling it out.

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George Perkovich

The world would be a safer place if Iran did not enrich uranium. But contrary to the arguments hawks put forward, the United States is not in any position to prevent it from doing so.

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Robert S. Spalding III

The defense establishment is certainly in need of new ideas. But getting rid of the U.S. Air Force will do nothing to make the Pentagon more efficient or effective.

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Colin H. Kahl

Whatever hawks might argue, attacking Iran would be an enormous mistake. The prospects for reaching a comprehensive agreement to resolve the nuclear impasse peacefully, while far from guaranteed, have never been brighter.

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