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One Year Later, Reflecting on the State of the Green Movement

Report 11 June 2010
One year ago, as Iranians headed to the polls for their Presidential election, few could have anticipated the dramatic events that would unfold in the days and weeks to follow.  Allegations of massive electoral fraud and interference by the regime erupted into street demonstrations of a proportion not seen since the 1979 Iranian revolution.  Western observers, stunned by the appearance of popular Iranian discontent with the regime, placed huge hopes in the newly emerged opposition Green Movement, anticipating the imminent collapse of the regime.
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Iran

Pressure Mounts on Iran’s Rulers

Report 11 February 2010
Opposition supporters clashed with Iranian security forces on the streets of Tehran today in smaller-than-anticipated protests marking the 31st anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. What is clear from today is that the opposition movement continues to put pressure on the Iranian government from the inside against the backdrop of increasing international pressure from the outside. Instead of the clumsy intervention favored by certain neoconservative pundits, the U.S. should embrace the recommendations favored by well-recognized experts on Iran.  
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Diplomacy

“The Meeting We Had Been Waiting For”: Russia Summit Results in Major Achievements – Not Soul Gazing

Report 6 July 2009
President Obama met today with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev in what was a highly anticipated summit, as the United States sought to steer U.S.-Russian relations back to a more productive focus on areas of mutual concern and interest.
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Iran

Iran Erupts - U.S. Must Pursue Engagement, Human Rights and Resist Radical Calls from Neocons

Report 15 June 2009
Iran erupted this weekend following claims from the regime that President Ahmadinejad had been overwhelming reelected. Supporters of the main opposition candidate, former Prime Minister Mir Hussein Moussavi, quickly took to the streets in protest. The regime has cracked down brutally, detained many opposition leaders, placed Moussavi under watch, evicted and detained foreign journalists, and attempted to block protestors ability to communicate and organize by blocking text messaging and internet access.
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National Security Expert Speaking at FSU Today

News Tallahassee Democrat 19 February 2009
Terrorism & National Security

Bush Detainee Policy in Disarray

Report 10 December 2008
After seven years of the “War on Terror,” the administration’s military commissions system has managed only to convict three low-level al Qaeda functionaries, two of whom have already been sent home. Now the military tribunals have become even more of a farce. This week it was revealed that the five defendants – including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the alleged mastermind of the 9-11 attacks – intended to plead guilty.
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Keeping America Safe

News The Dickinsonian 24 September 2008

Torture Doesn't Help U.S. Cause, Experts Say

News The Patriot-News 24 September 2008
China

NSN Daily Update: The China Challenge is a marathon, not a sprint - 8/7/08

Report 7 August 2008
The Beijing Olympics have put an intense spotlight on China’s remarkable economic and social progress as well as its continuing problems: social and ethnic unrest, pollution, human rights. China is not yet our friend, but it is not our enemy, either. We will have to deal with China as a major economic, political and military power and work together on issues of common concern.
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