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Security Brief: April 12, 2013

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April 12, 2013

North Korea If you’re using any type of media on a semi-reuglar basis–newspapers, TV, radio, the Internet–then it’s pretty impossible for you not to know that something’s up with North Korea. Bellicose rhetoric, nuclear posturing, ya da ya da ya da. And if you you’ve heard about North Korea, you’ve also probably heard that one… Read More ›

Nuclear News: An endgame for Iran, deterrence myths, and the next level of terrorism

A lot is happening in the world of nuclear weapons; here’s a quick rundown of some articles, videos, and reports that may be of interest: Iran At The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Kaveh L. Afrasiabi sets out guidelines for a possible endgame in the Iranian nuclear saga. On the list: considering Iran to be… Read More ›

Syria and Chemical Weapons: The Most Recent Scare in Context

The major news from Syria last week revolved around a possible use of chemical weapons within the country. As President Obama recently reiterated while visiting Israel last week, it has been his administration’s policy to consider Assad’s use of chemical weapons as a “red line” in terms of pushing the US to intervene in the… Read More ›

Syria Two Years On

It has been two years since the uprising against Bashar  Al Assad’s regime began in Syria. This long conflict has been characterized by complexity, confusion, frustration, and most of all, death and destruction. The death toll alone nears 70,000; the number of refugees recently passed the 1 million mark. A recent report from Save the Children… Read More ›

State of the Union Jitters

It’s a day before Obama’s first State of the Union address of his second term, and many commentators are speculating about what subjects the speech will address. With regards to international security, Obama could address topics (drones, other counterterrorism policies, nuclear weapons, etc.) or regions (the Middle East, South Asia particularly in terms of Pakistan… Read More ›

Information Breakdown: Drones, Extrajudicial Killings, and What the Obama Administration Is and Isn’t Saying

Following is a list of resources about the debate surrounding the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes to kill “imminent” threats to America–even when those threats are American citizens themselves: The breaking story at NBC detailing the release of a 16-page “white paper” on the extrajudicial killings of American citizens by way of the US’s drone… Read More ›

The Other Awlaki: What the Killing of an American Minor Says About Your Civil Rights

It has been almost a year and a half since a US drone strike killed an American citizen in Yemen, Anwar Al-Awlaki. While Awlaki’s death has inspired commentary and criticism from time to time, the recent release of a 16-page “white paper” regarding the intersection of drone strikes and extrajudicial killings has brought Awlaki’s death… Read More ›

Security News, February 4: Terrorism in Turkey, Lebanon Fights Back, and More

Turkey A far-left group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the US embassy in Ankara that left two dead (including the bomber) and one injured. The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) posted a statement on its website claiming responsibility for the attack. In its statement the group called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip… Read More ›

Week in Review: January 28-February 1

Syria, Lebanon, and Israel Israel executed an airstrike on a Syrian convoy headed for Lebanon on Wednesday. Israel claims the convoy was carrying Russian anti-aircraft missiles and was meant for Hezbollah. Israel seemed to be acting on claims that Bashar al-Assad might seek to better arm Hezbollah so that the group would be well-placed strategically… Read More ›

The Lowdown: The Latest on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the country’s stockpile of chemical weapons has been a point of tension. Assad’s use of chemical weapons has often been deemed the “red line” when it comes to US intervention. This blog has addressed the fears surrounding Syria’s chemical weapons twice before, here and here. Syria’s chemical… Read More ›