Matthew Wallin/The Hill
In the midst of the London Olympics, currently the world’s biggest public diplomacy extravaganza, American athletes have performed phenomenally well. These athletes—diplomats in their own right—have set standards towards which people around the world aspire.
Bradley Klapper /Associated Press
With Syrian diplomacy all but dead, the Obama administration is shifting its focus on the civil war away from political transition and toward helping the rebels defeat the Syrian regime on the battlefield.
Leaders from the 11-nation International Conference on the Great Lakes Region will meet to discuss the three-month old M-23 rebel uprising in the Democratic Republic Congo that has displaced approximately 280,000 people.
Coincident to an air strike that killed two alleged al Qaeda militants, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi restructured parts of the Yemeni army in a move seen to limit the power of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s son.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters
The Energy Department said on Monday it was replacing guards and supervisors on duty 10 days ago when three peace activists, including an 82 year-old nun, breached perimeter fences at the principal U.S. facility for storing weapons-grade enriched uranium.
Barak Ravid / Haaretz
New intelligence information obtained by Israel and four Western countries indicates that Iran has made greater progress on developing components for its nuclear weapons program than the West had previously realized, according to Western diplomats and Israeli officials who are closely involved in efforts to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
Sandra I. Erwin/National Defense Magazine
The Obama administration’s plan to shift military resources to Asia-Pacific has one major flaw: It fails to define how the United States intends to work with China or what type of relationship is envisioned between these two nations, military analysts warn.
Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. / AOL Defense
The US military depends on drones. But amidst the justifiable excitement over the rise of the robots, it’s easy to overlook that today’s unmanned systems are not truly autonomous but rather require a lot of human guidance by remote control — and bad design often makes the human’s job needlessly awkward, to the point of causing crashes.
BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM /Associated Press
More than 1,300 Syrians fled to Turkey overnight to escape the civil war as rebels tried to expand their hold inside Syria’s largest city despite two weeks of withering counterattacks by President Bashar Assad’s troops.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
In Africa, the US is playing a game of catch up with China and arguably missing out on an enormous economic opportunity along the way.
A WMD disaster would ruin more than just our summer plans. As partisan squabbling and election year rhetoric heat up, let’s remember that there are serious threats out there that require our undivided – and non-partisan – attention.
Last week’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on sequestration broke down into partisan congestion, but it was not without one small sign that strategic thinking may still be alive in Congress.
The U.S. State Department released the Country Reports on Terrorism 2011. While the release notes “largely successful” multilateral programs to control the transfer of WMD materials, it states that “the illicit trafficking of these materials persists…”
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