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The Language Deficit & National Security 1

The Language Deficit & National Security

Michael Geisler has a fantastic article on Inside Higher Ed about why Larry Summers, former Treasury secretary and Harvard University president, is wrong in his op-ed about foreign language education in the United States....

The Evolution of al-Qaeda’s Strategy after Afghanistan 1

The Evolution of al-Qaeda’s Strategy after Afghanistan

After executing the most stunningly successful terrorist attacks in its history on 9/11, al-Qaeda faced an existential threat in the American response it provoked. Al-Qaeda’s association with and support from the Taliban regime in...

Talking with the Taliban: a timeline 4

Talking with the Taliban: a timeline

As hopes for potential peace talks with the Taliban once again ebb and flow, it’s worth taking a look at the history of efforts to engage with the Taliban. Since late 2007, discussions about...

On SOPA & PIPA, those devious twins 0

On SOPA & PIPA, those devious twins

This blog doesn’t have a large enough readership to make a blackout protest very effective, but I wanted to write a bit about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act...

Drones and conspiracies 0

Drones and conspiracies

I wouldn’t ordinarily post something like this on the blog, but it was too long for Twitter. The most creative conspiracy theory I’ve heard in the past few days is that the US “lost”...