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U.S. Drones Policy: Strategic Frameworks and Measuring Effects Introduction

Bob Gourley / Sys-Con Media

As Israel and Iran entered this summer of confrontation over Tehran’s nuclear program, the Iranians were also conducting talks with the United States and other leading nations to seek a diplomatic alternative to war. Since then, the rumors of an impending Israeli military strike have grown almost daily, but whatever happened to the negotiations?

As Israel and Iran War Odds Increase, Here’s How the US Should Respond

Dan Lesser / Polymic

In recent weeks, all indications have pointed to an increasingly imminent Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. Setting aside the comparative merits and potential pitfalls of a strike one cannot help but see the reflections of violent confrontation on the horizon, and by extension, the probable ramifications of such a conflict.

 Ex-envoy: Pakistan must account for bin Laden

Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy

The Pakistani government must explain how Osama bin Laden was able to hide in Abbottabad for years and reveal who in Pakistan helped him, Pakistan’s former Ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani said Wednesday.

 Ailing Egypt Seeks $4.8 Billion Dollar Loan

Maggie Michael / Associated Press

Egypt formally asked the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan on Wednesday, seeking a desperately needed rescue package for its faltering economy but raising the possibility of painful restructuring in a country still reeling since its revolution more than 18 months ago.

Fostering people to people contact between Israel and Pakistan

Dahlia Scheindlin / Let Us Build Pakistan

Pakistan and Israel are not exactly natural bedfellows. Yet underneath the veneer of political rejection, there has been mutual-interest based contact at the higher levels of politics and business over the decades.

Developments in Iran and Sinai Deepen Israel’s Worries About Egypt

Jodi Rudoren / New York Times

Egypt’s President Morsi is preparing to travel to Iran next week, just days after the Egyptian military entered the Sinai Peninsula.  These developments as well as a break down in communications has Israel increasingly worried about the stability of its “most critical regional relationship.”

Gambia vows to execute all death row inmates by September, sparking outcry

Faith Karimi / CNN

Yahya Jammeh, the President of Gambia, has announced that all prisoners currently sitting on death row will be executed by September.  The nation has been previously criticized for using capital punishment as a means of quelling political dissent.

IAEA head “not optimistic” on access to Iran military site

Ritsuko Ando and Fredrik Dahl / Reuters

The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief played down chances of a breakthrough when talks with Iran resume on Friday but said the agency would pursue access to a military site that diplomats say may have been cleansed of evidence of illicit nuclear activity.

U.S. Antinuclear Steps Should Focus on Russia: State Dept. Advisers

Global Security Newswire

The United States should prioritize improving its ties with Russia in any broader effort to reduce the importance of nuclear armaments in relations between governments, a U.S. State Department panel said in an assessment made public on Tuesday.

Meads Radar Piques Army Interest, Though Funds Are Lacking

Amy Butler / Aviation Week

Though money is scarce in the near-term, there may be hope yet for Lockheed Martin to sell at least a portion of the Medium Extended Air-Defense System (Meads) to the U.S. Army.

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Enhancing the Defense Industrial Base

Zachary Miller

The defense industry is reaching a profound level of uncertainty in the 21st Century due to dramatic shifts in domestic budgetary priorities and changes in the national security posture of the United States.

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Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi and Security in the Horn of Africa

Ashley Boyle

In the wake of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s unexpected death on August 20, 2012, there has been much speculation as to the effects his loss will have on regional security and stability in the Horn of Africa.


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