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At least the last cold war was a clash of ideologies – now there are no big ideas

The standoff between Russia and the west feels at times like a petulant Twitter spat. Except, as Gorbachev reminds us, it’s still deadly serious<p>Is it shocking to hear Mikhail Gorbachev say we’re on the brink of a new cold war? Or somehow reassuring, a familiar figure giving a familiar name to a …

Obama confident US troop surge in Iraq will put coalition on offensive

President: new troops will focus on training local forces to fight Isis Comments draw emerging parallel to past US military strategy in Iraq<p>US air strike in Iraq kills aide to Isis leader Bush defends record on Iraq, discusses brother and 2016<p>The latest US troop surge in Iraq will allow an …

US, Philippines reportedly reach 10-year deal on larger military presence

The U.S. military will have greater access to bases across the Philippines under a new 10-year agreement set to be signed Monday in conjunction with President Barack Obama's visit and seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region.<p>U.S. and Filipino officials confirmed …

So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria.<p>It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others:<p>Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014?<p>Will …

Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers

A behind-the-scenes battle between the CIA and Congress erupted in public Tuesday as the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the agency of breaking laws and breaching constitutional principles in an alleged effort to undermine the panel’s multi-year investigation of a controversial …

CIA accused of spying on U.S. Senate intelligence committee | Reuters

(Reuters) - A bitter dispute between the CIA and the U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when the committee chairwoman accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.<p>U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (C) returns to her office after a …

The Decline of the American War Hawk

There's been a backlash in the United States against foreign interventionism—but David Brooks and others just don't get it.<p>Citing polling data that shows a majority of Americans want the U.S. to be less engaged in world affairs, believe our influence on those affairs is declining, and feel we're …