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National Security Network's Democracy Arsenal. A blog devoted to opinion, commentary, and sparring on U.S. foreign policy and global affairs.

Published: 2013-12-03T09:34:34-05:00


Can the F-35 Replace the A-10?


by Nickolai Sukharev One of the big decisions the United States Air Force has considered over the last few months is whether to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet as a cost saving measure while developing and procuring the F-35A...

After Geneva Talks A Consensus on Moving Forward


By Homa Hassan The two-day round of P5+1 negotiations with Iran just concluded in Geneva and Western diplomats are carefully reviewing a detailed proposal presented by Iran. As this proposal is being reviewed ahead of the follow-on meetings in November...

TPP, TTIP and Getting America's Competitiveness Back on Track


By Marcela Heywood Last week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali, Indonesia marked further progress for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and set an ambitious goal to finish negotiations by the end of the year. Although the U.S. government shutdown –...

Reassessing the Washington Consensuses (Consensi?) -- Views from Brazil


Recent conversations with the Brazilian policy community highlight ways the Washington Consensus is being renegotiated.

Beware the G-20 Summit Syria Freak-Out


What will the G-20 do about Syria, and what will the Syria crisis do to the G-20?

Some Questions That Skeptics of a Syria Attack Should Ask Themselves


Time to get a few things straight in the Syria debate and pose questions to the skeptics.

On the Importance of Relationships -- The Artie Fufkin Doctrine


To get some perspective on Obama, Putin, and the management of the United States' key relationships, go back to classic sources like "This is Spinal Tap"

Chemical weapons or not, more arms in Syria fan the flames


Russia and the U.S. need to take first conflict resolution steps—then Syria can Exactly one year fro m now will mark the 100th anniversary of World War I. A war of firsts in many respects, it was also the advent...

Getting Ready to Ratchet Iran Sanctions Down [UPDATED]


It's time to realize that being able to ratchet Iran sanctions downward is vital for them to help reach a peaceful solution.

The G-20 Agenda -- A View From the White House Sherpa


Top White House adviser Caroline Atkinson publicly wades into the debate over which issues belong in the G-20's portfolio.

Zero Nuclear Weapons -- Maybe / Maybe Not in My Lifetime


One way to see the path to zero nuclear weapons is to think about the key milestones along the way.

Breaking Down the Wonk/Pundit Stovepipes


When you segregate different kinds of policy wonks, it undermines constructive policy debate.

Revisiting Benghazi


Today’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa raised more questions than it answered. These are not questions about the assault on Benghazi or the response to...

Country See, Country Do - Nonproliferation Edition


Many of our debates about America's role in the world are merely different ways of asking how goody-goody we should be when faced with others' unruliness? This question is at the heart of a Jim Traub post a couple weeks...

Questions on the Brothers Tsarnaev


This post was written by James Lamond and Bill French Events and reports are coming out of Boston rapidly. Much of what we hear in the next few hours will be refined and corrected. This week’s media coverage has been...

Progress and Warnings On U.S.-Africa Security Cooperation


This morning Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with a delegation of leaders from Africa to discuss security and democracy in Africa. The event with presidents and prime ministers from Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Cape Verde was meant to...

Nuclear Deterrence, National Security, and Budgetary Savings


This post is written by Katie McBee, a researcher at NSN The argument for reducing excess nuclear arms often focuses on enhancing the nonproliferation regime. However, while less discussed, the financial benefit of nuclear reductions is significant, especially in the...

Graham's Green Light to Israel's Red Line on Iran


As the dust settles from President Obama’s highly anticipated visit to Israel, one message stands out in particular. In Jerusalem, Obama reaffirmed the strong bonds of the U.S. and Israel to Israeli students, with an added note that “it is...

US Leadership Through Strength


Reaction to a new bipartisan proposal for US security strategy raises the question of why America should (or shouldn't) be a global leader.

Post Mortem on Republican Foreign Policy


What would a post mortem of the Republicans' foreign policy ideas entail?

Commitment Issues on Climate Change and Other Indian Perspectives


What we heard from Indian policy experts during a visit to Delhi last week.

Foreign Policy Bipartisanship is Not Dead UPDATED


What are Democratic and Republican foreign policy experts NOT fighting about?

Syria, Mali - Any Other Takers?


It’s no wonder Secretary of State John Kerry has been walking on eggshells when discussing potential US support to the Syrian rebels. As The Washington Post reported earlier in the week, a renewed discussion to supply the rebels with body...

Welcome to Homa Hassan


Please welcome the newest contributor to Democracy Arsenal: Homa Hassan. Homa is a Scoville Fellow at the National Security Network. Before coming to NSN, she co-hosted a nationally syndicated radio show on domestic and international politics, worked in Congress and...

The "New Foreign Policy Divide"


Have the contours of the next big foreign policy debates started to emerge?