A powerful conversation on standing against tyranny

Periods of expansive tyranny have a tendency to bring out the worst elements of societies, but also the best: heroic personages whose struggle against authoritarianism nourishes the fight for freedom around the world, and for ....

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Cienfuegos catch and release reveals dysfunction in US-Mexico security cooperation

In a stunning reversal, the Department of Justice announced it would drop charges against former Mexican defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos just one month after the US arrested him for allegedly colluding with drug cartels. Notably, ....

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Making a China executive order meaningful

There’s some fuss over last-second Trump administration executive orders disrupting US-China relations in ways the Biden administration can’t unwind. For better or worse, this is generally overstated. With no time to implement the orders, they’ll ....

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Ortega is busy completing Nicaragua’s authoritarian architecture

Nicaragua’s National Coalition (Coalicón Nacional), comprised of disparate opposition parties, is splintering under the duress of Daniel Ortega’s police state and the weight of its own internal contradictions. Smelling blood in the water, Ortega is ....

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It’s time to modernize Department of Defense resourcing

The Department of Defense (DoD) needs a modernized resourcing structure that is responsive to joint program planning and execution — and also supports congressional oversight. Congress needs better budget justification descriptions and more timely visibility ....

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Fixing the Iran mess without alienating allies is going to take more than talk

President-elect Joe Biden is eager to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. He also claims that the Biden administration will restore US global leadership and respect ....

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