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October 17, 2013

United States
Turkey: Spies Like Us

I co-authored this piece with my friend and colleague, Michael Koplow, author of the blog Ottomans and Zionists. Ehud Barak’s political instincts have never been great, but his security instincts ar…

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August 4, 2006

China
Stephen Jen is right

That is not something I say all the time. I suspect I am among Stephen Jen's prototypes for what he calls structural dollar bear.    And Stephen " “current account deficits inside the dollar …

July 16, 2015

Cuba
The Nation’s Meet The Spies Tour

Travel to Cuba is a new fad, helped by the changes the Obama administration has made in U.S. policy. It’s easy now for almost any group to go there, under the guise of some educational program or pur…

October 25, 2013

United States
Against Spying on Foreign Leaders

Reading the news stories about alleged U.S. spying on Angela Merkel’s cell phone, an old memory came to mind. In the Reagan second term I was Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs,…

July 8, 2011

Syria
Syria Spies on American Protesters

In a remarkable revelation today , the State Department acknowledged that the Syrian Embassy in Washington is tracking Americans, and Syrians visiting or living in the United States, who protest agai…

December 31, 2019

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2019

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2019 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

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December 30, 2019

Global
Ten American Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2019

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2019 who through…

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December 20, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: Dec 20, 2019

European Union considers curbs on non-EU state-backed companies; India’s shutdown of internet in Kashmir is the longest ever in a democracy; U.S. technology sector rebuffs Trump administration’s effo…

Kashmiri journalists display laptops and placards during a protest demanding restoration of internet service, in Srinagar

December 6, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Feud With INGOs Is a Gift to Boko Haram. It Must End.

On October 30, the Nigerian military temporarily lifted its suspensions of Action Against Hunger and Mercy Corps, two international non-government organizations (INGOs) working in northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram is active. Both organizations were expelled from northeastern Nigeria last September following accusations of aiding and abetting Boko Haram.

A banner with the UNICEF logo is seen hanging on a makeshift school at an internally displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on June 6, 2017.

December 5, 2019

China
Blurred Lines Between State and Non-State Actors

Since at least 2013, APT17 has been responsible for a number of network intrusions against U.S. and Southeast Asian targets. While evidence links APT17's activities to the Chinese government, there a…

A Chinese national flag flies in front of Google China's headquarters in Beijing