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US politics: when nuclear deterrence fails

The 'nuclear' option of banning the filibuster has to be judged against how irradiated the atmosphere in Washington already is<p>The endurance of John F Kennedy's memory, when that of other US presidents has faded, is only partially explained by the manner of his death, of a charismatic leader cut …

Africa

Why the American love affair with John F. Kennedy is winding down

Despite the many commemorations for the approaching 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, it seems the glitzy and tragic myth of …

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

How Congo Defeated the M23 Rebels

A year ago, the rebels held the largest town in eastern Congo and had the upper hand. Today, their leader admitted defeat. What changed?<p>Good news is …

One Special Forces Team May Undo All Of America's Progress In Afghanistan

(Certainly the reports out of the Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction have only gotten more shrill as exodus approaches.)<p>Nonetheless, the disappearances, beatings, and downright murders that remain unsolved in one special forces team's area of operations threaten whatever …

Afghanistan

The Extremely Complex Syrian War In Two Maps

The Syrian war has torn the nation apart over the last two and a half years, and there is no end in sight.<p>The new normal involve the regime, rebels, and Kurds dominating in certain parts of the country while fighting rages on countless ever-shifting fronts.<p>Noria research notes that the rebels …

Middle East

United States Africa Command

Through multinational exercises and military-to-military engagements, U.S. Africa Command strengthens relationships with African partner nations to …

Evidence Continues Mounting: Nigerian Security Forces are Out of Control

The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) has long indicated that the Abuja security agencies may be involved in nearly as many deaths in Nigeria as Boko …

U.S. military investing heavily in Africa

WASHINGTON — The<p>Pentagonhas begun a burst of spending in Africa, expanding its main base on the continent and investing in air facilities, flight services, telecommunications and electrical upgrades as theU.S. militarydeepens its footprint in a region with a rising threat of Islamist …

Military

What Are Institutions?

The explanation of comparative economic development set forth in <i>Why Nations Fail</i> is based on institutions, particularly the consequences of different …

Africa? Why there’s no such place

Sometimes a politician’s accidental phrase can reveal a world view. The other night in Johannesburg, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma was arguing …

NSA leaks: UK government reaction eroding freedom, rights groups warn

Coalition of organisations says Cameron's response has damaged UK's reputation for freedom of expression<p>Read the open letter to David Cameron<p>Seventy of the world's leading human rights organisations have written to David Cameron to warn that the government's reaction to the mass surveillance …

All we ask is for transparency to inform the surveillance debate

The issue of the mass collection of data goes to the heart of democracy<p>A couple of weeks ago, I asked the Scottish National party the following questions: "If independence is achieved, will the Scottish government continue with the extensive surveillance of the civilian population, allowed under …

National security: our spy chiefs won't be losing any sleep over their summons by MPs

Despite the hype, public quizzing is no substitute for proper democratic scrutiny of our intelligence services<p>A murder of crows. A congregation of alligators. A bloat of hippopotamuses. What is the collective noun for intelligence chiefs? A cache? An encryption? A shadow?<p>We need one because this …

UK privacy group wants Level 3 to address allegations of spying cooperation | Ars Technica

Privacy International is pushing for more disclosure from a top international telco.<p>Back in August 2013, one of the myriad documents provided by …

How to lose friends and influence no one in the Middle East

Obama’s foreign policy in the endlessly volatile region is a disaster<p>Put in context, the simultaneous raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than two minor …

Kerry urges Europe: don't let NSA surveillance concerns thwart trade talks

Secretary of state tries to salvage trade deal with EU by telling leaders the US will find 'the right balance' on surveillance<p>John Kerry, the US secretary of state, sought to salvage forthcoming trade negotiations with the European Union amid growing signs that the Obama administration will act to …