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Hidden History: America’s Secret Drone War in Africa

David Axe/Danger Room for Wired

Based on various media reports, semi-official statements, and UN commentary, the American public can begin to “vaguely” understand the US’ use of drones in Africa.

Mali’s Traore ‘re-appoints’ prime minister

Al Jazeera

Mali’s interim president, Dioncounda Traore, has again named Cheick Modibo Diarra the prime minister and given him three days to form a unity government.

Africa’s pirates have demands – and letterhead, too

Ben Berkowitz/Reuters

Piracy cost the global economy $7 billion in 2011 alone and produced $160 million in ransoms paid to pirates.  It turns out that Somali pirates are increasingly organized in their operations, even producing their own letterhead for ransom letters.

Green on blue’ killings sapping morale in Afghanistan

Massoud Hossaini/Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The International Security Assistance Force says personal disputes may be a reason for the increase in attacks.

What Are The Most Important Things To Know/Understand About Nuclear Energy?

Andy Lemke/Forbes

Well, nuclear energy is complex compared to other types of energy. With coal for instance, you simply truck it to a facility, burn it, and use the steam to drive turbines and generate electricity. Not so with nuclear energy – it is far more multifaceted and not quite as accessible.

Taiwan Seeking Fewer F-16s From U.S.


Taiwan plans to slash the number of advanced fighter jets it has been seeking from the U.S. from 66 to 24, apparently due to budget constraints, reports said Aug. 13.

Egypt president sweeps out army rulers

Edmund Blair/Reuters

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has driven back the biggest challenge to civilian rule by dismissing top generals and tearing up their legal attempt to curb his power in a bold bid to end 60 years of military leadership.

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Counteracting Chinese Hegemony in the South China Sea

Matthew Baker

The piece looks at China’s increased demands for energy and the impact it is have on geopolitics in the South China Sea.

On Our Flashpoint Blog

Still a Need for Hard Power

Matthew Wallin

This past week, Bruce Stokes and Richard Wike wrote an op-ed discussing the results of Pew’s recent polling of America’s stature in certain parts of the world. Their title, “World to America: We want soft, not hard power” draws immediate questions.

Competition Between Gas and Coal Changing Energy Landscape

Nicholas Cunningham

For decades, coal has been king: a low-cost approach of generating baseload electricity using a fuel source that is abundant across the United States. However, times are changing…and quickly.

U.S.C. Title 10, Chapter 20, and the Militarization of Humanitarian Aid

Ashley Boyle

Understanding Title 10 and the debate on the militarization of aid is fundamental to the US’ ability to develop an approach that blends the planning and logistics abilities of its Armed Forces with the skills and knowledge of aid workers.

Is Space-Based Solar Power realistic?

Nicholas Cunningham

A new article in Strategic Studies Quarterly makes the case for space-based solar power – energy that could be beamed to anywhere on Earth. But is it realistic?

Senator Lugar on Securing Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Mary Kaszynski

As events unfold, the U.S. and allies are eying Syria’s chemical and biological weapons stockpile with concern. Syria insists that the weapons are secure and that they “will never be used unless Syria is

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