Paul Oliver
Paul Oliver
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Quran Burning in Afghanistan Proof That NATO Should Withdraw

The recent Quran burnings in Afghanistan and the ensuing violence reveal a deep and insurmountable absence of trust that undermines the entire NATO operation in Afghanistan.

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America Should Avoid Conflict in Syria, Where Political Risks Outweigh Humanitarian Interests

The problem in Syria is that the humanitarian interests cannot be separated from the political risks.
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Renewed Protests and Lawlessness in Egypt Can Help Reformers

The Port Said soccer riots have deteriorated into widespread anti-government protest. Egyptians are once again up in arms over failing government institutions.
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One Year After Revolution, Egypt's Military Remains the Biggest Challenge to Democracy

The Egyptian revolution began one year ago, but the military continues to hold power and remains the biggest challenge to the nascent Egyptian democracy.
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Obama Administration's New Defense Strategy is a Long Overdue Win for U.S. Foreign Policy

The Obama administration's new war strategy improves American defense by responding to the geopolitical realities of the 21st century.
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Put Out An APB For George W. Bush, He's a Wanted Man

Amnesty International needlessly embarrassed itself by calling on African leaders to arrest President Bush on terrorism charges.

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Why Foreign Policy is Important for 2012 Election Cycle

Economic and political crises demand engagement, not disengagement, from international politics. Foreign policy must remain a key issue in the 2012 elections.
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Finding 21st Century Strategies for 21st Century War

The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya provide lessons for a 21st century war strategy, one built on precise strikes, multilateralism, and limited engagement.
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Euro Zone Negotiations Are Model For U.S. Political Compromise

While American politics is filled with partisan bickering, European policy makers are cooperating and tackling difficult economic problems.
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Getting Gaddafi Will Help the West Leave Libya

To avoid another Afghanistan, NATO operations in Libya should continue until Muammar Gaddafi is either captured or killed.
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Questions of Awlaki Citizenship Difficult to Answer in a Stateless War

The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is legally unclear due to America's failure to reconcile the laws and procedures of the state with the ambiguity of a stateless war.

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Going At It Alone in the Middle East Peace Process

Palestine's request to obtain statehood at the UN has been labeled as a unilateral effort that undermines peace, but Israel and the U.S. are also to blame for unilateral policy agendas.
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6 Reasons Why the Libya Intervention Was a Success

The decision by the U.S. and many of its European allies to intervene in the Libyan revolution was controversial, but can now be deemed a success.
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The Shortcomings of Social Media in Democracy Building

Social media has helped topple dictators across the Arab world, but building up democratic governments from scratch requires much more than just 140 character Tweets.
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Camp David in Crisis? Hardly

The recent killing of five Egyptians by the Israeli military has protesters and the media riled up, but overreaction, not the shootings, is the real danger.
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Mubarak's Trial: Justice or Distraction in Egypt?

The trial of Hosni Mubarak is a chance to seek retribution for decades of corruption, abuse, and mismanagement, but a dramatic and protracted proceeding will distract from important tasks ahead.

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What if Anders Breivik Were a Muslim?

The Norway attacks were shocking for many Westerners because Breivik was seemingly a well-to-do citizen, not a foreign radical.
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Somalian Famine Increases Piracy Threat

Humanitarian aid for the current famine is essential to dismantling the control of Somalian pirates.
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Egyptian Protestors Are Winning A Battle Of Will

Despite recent court case decisions threatening Egyptian democracy, protesters' steadfast opposition is a positive sign for Egypt's future.
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Local Governments Help Build Egyptian Democracy

By "aiming local," Egypt's new municipal councils present an opportunity for reformers to strengthen Arab democracy.