Posts Tagged ‘ForeignPolicy’

Insiders: U.S. Should Begin ‘Pivot’ to Asia Through Diplomacy, Not Military Steps

Sara Sorcher. National Journal, 29 November 2011.


President Obama recently announced steps to strengthen the architecture of an American foreign policy with new focus on the Pacific, including plans to deploy 2,500 troops to a base in Australia—all the while insisting that any reductions in U.S. defense spending will not come at the expense of priorities in the Asia-Pacific region. Even as many in Washington warily eye China’s rapidly modernizing military and expanding naval presence in the Pacific, 39 percent of Insiders said the next move is to improve American engagement with Beijing while avoiding any military-related steps.

The Arab Spring and the Future of U.S. Interests and Cooperative Security in the Arab World

W. Andrew Terrill. Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2 August 2011.

Pentagon wins turf war with State over military aid

Josh Rogin. The Cable, 20 January 2010.


One big chunk of funding at issue is in foreign security assistance, known as the “1206” account, which could total about $500 million next year. This is money used to do things like military training and joint operations with countries outside of Iraq and Afghanistan, such as Indonesia and Somalia.

Since the military doesn’t have the lead in those countries, the funding should flow through State, right? Well, not in 2011. The president’s budget will keep those funds in the Pentagon’s purse in its Feb. 1 budget release, following a pitched internal battle in which the State Department eventually conceded.

A nuclear watchdog’s parting shots: A conversation with Mohamed ElBaradei

Joby Warrick. Washington Post, 06 December 2009.


There is no military solution. . . If a country is bombed, you give them every reason — with the support of everybody in the country and outside the country — to go for nuclear weapons, and nobody can even blame them.

President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan, Dec. 1, 2009

as prepared for presentation at West Point, full text as provided by the White House to the Los Angles Times, 01 December 2009.

A Unified Security Budget for the United States – FY2010

Miriam Pemberton. Institute for Policy Studies, 18 November 2009.


Because [the Obama administration’s 2010] military budget is larger, in real terms, than any of its Bush administration predecessors, 87 percent of our overall security resources are still allocated to the tools of military force. And because of this, the increases in spending on defense and prevention, as important as they are, amount to deckchair arranging on the ship of security spending. The goal of rebalanced security, as a budgetary matter, remains to be realized.

Integrating Security: Preparing for the National Security Threats of the 21st Century

Lawrence Korb, Sean Duggan, and Laura Conley. Center for American Progress, 18 November 2009.

Public Opinion on Global Issues: A Web-based Digest of Polling from Around the World

Council on Foreign Relations, November 2009.

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Publics around the world—including in the United States—are strongly internationalist in orientation. They believe that global challenges are simply too complex and daunting to be addressed by unilateral or even regional means. In every country polled, most people support a global system based on the rule of law, international treaties, and robust multilateral institutions. They believe their own government is obliged to abide by international law, even when doing so is at odds with its perceived national interest. Large majorities, including among Americans, reject a hegemonic role for the United States, but do want the United States to participate in multilateral efforts to address international issues.