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Obama’s Broken House

November 09, 2013

The White House is insulating Obama; thereby leading to domestic and foreign policy blunders. Edward Luce at the Financial Times has an interesting article about Obamacare’s rocky rollout that opens a window onto Barack Obama’s foreign policy travails. He quotes one of the...

Five Misconceptions About US Cyber Espionage

November 05, 2013

While evidence of US spying is clear, the interpretations are full of misconceptions. The evidence is clear; thanks to former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden’s meticulous gathering of largely uncontested documents before his effective defection from his employer and...

Guantánamo Bay: The “Law-Free” Environment (Part 2/2)

September 17, 2013

The US government has created a “law-free” custodial environment at Guantánamo Bay. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Important in understanding the War on Terror’s true purposes is the fact that, in light of the US government’s tactics in...

Guantánamo Bay: The “Law-Free” Environment (Part 1/2)

September 04, 2013

The US government has created a “law-free” custodial environment at Guantánamo Bay. This is the first of a two part series. Much has been made of the US government’s detention policies in furtherance of its so-called "War on Terror," particularly as those...

The Myths of Foreign Affairs School (Part 2/2)

June 15, 2013

Brandon Scott compares the professions IR students imagine working in, with the real world of actual IR professions. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. 6: You will be Living in Paris in a Swank Apartment This one should be a no-brainer — although I am still amazed...

The Myths of Foreign Affairs School (Part 1/2)

June 14, 2013

Brandon Scott compares the professions IR students imagine working in, with the real world of actual IR professions. This is the first of a two part series. In my 13 years experience in the field of International Relations (IR), I have: run intelligence sources in Bosnia and Iraq; met with top...