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    European Union

    commentary

    The Cracks in Data Privacy

    Lorenzo Valeri, Neil Robinson

    May 19, 2009

    European Voice

    For almost 15 years, Europe has led the world in protecting personal data. At the EU level, it has done this through the data-protection directive adopted in 1995. But surveys such as one carried out by Eurobarometer last year illustrate that Europeans now feel insufficiently protected, write Lorenzo Valeri and Neil Robinson.

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  • Counterinsurgency

    commentary

    Countering the Military's Latest Fad: Counterinsurgency

    Celeste Gventer

    May 17, 2009

    The Washington Post

    When Defense Secretary Gates announced that he was dismissing Gen. McKiernan as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and replacing him with Lt. Gen. McChrystal, he signaled his support for an intellectual movement that in a few short years has come to dominate military thinking in Washington, writes Celeste Ward.

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  • Illegal Drug Trade

    commentary

    Assessing Mexico's Narco-Violence

    Benjamin Bahney, Agnes Gereben Schaefer

    May 14, 2009

    The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Drug-related violence in Mexico has more than doubled over the past 18 months, with a sharp increase in crimes that can only be understood as atrocities. The executions, assassinations, and decapitations may all seem wanton and senseless. But this violence actually has a purpose, write Benjamin Bahney and Agnes Gereben Schaefer.

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  • Security Cooperation

    commentary

    Pakistan, Taliban and Global Security – Part II

    Robert D. Blackwill

    May 12, 2009

    YaleGlobal Online

    For every good reason, the Obama Administration is devoting enormous thought to Pakistan. In my judgment, the evolving situation in Pakistan is potentially the most dangerous international situation since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, writes Robert Blackwill.

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  • commentary

    The Future of US-India Relations

    Robert D. Blackwill

    May 6, 2009

    Financial Times online

    The combination of our largely overlapping vital national interests and shared democratic values should produce a bright future for strategic collaboration between New Delhi and Washington in future decades. But in the immediate period before us, our bilateral ties are likely to be more problematical than we have seen in recent years. I want to stress that there is nothing inevitable about this, says Robert D. Blackwill.

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  • Maritime Piracy

    commentary

    Opposing View: Keep Arms Off Ships

    Peter Chalk

    May 4, 2009

    USA Today

    Does the provision of private security contractors provide a viable solution to the growing problem of piracy off the Horn of Africa? Quite apart from the high cost — a robust security operation can run as much as $21,000 a day — employing security contractors poses problems on several fronts, writes Peter Chalk.

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  • Public Health Preparedness

    commentary

    Swine Flu: A Real Security Threat

    Melinda Moore

    Apr 30, 2009

    Baltimore Sun

    In the rush of constant news updates on swine flu, we must recognize that controlling the spread of this disease is not simply a health concern but also one of national security. And in today's globalized world, the spread of swine flu has become not just a U.S. national security threat but every country's national security threat, writes Melinda Moore.

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  • Health Care Reform

    commentary

    Limiting Treatment to Those Who Need It

    Dana P. Goldman

    Apr 29, 2009

    KQED online

    The United States will produce more than $14 trillion worth of goods and services this year—truly an astonishing amount. But equally astonishing is that one out of every six of these dollars will go to health care. This is the source of much hand-wringing by policy makers. They worry that we cannot afford to spend so much, and that our national output will suffer as a result. They have it backwards.

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  • Nation Building

    commentary

    European Union at Cross Purposes in Kosovo

    Christopher S. Chivvis

    Apr 27, 2009

    GlobalSecurity.org

    Of all the international actors involved in Kosovo right now, the European Union has by far the most at stake. It is also in the strongest position to remedy the situation. Sadly, it is too divided over Kosovo's declaration of independence over a year ago to take effective action, writes Christopher Chivvis.

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  • commentary

    Redefining 'Old Age': 60 Is the New 40

    Linda G. Martin

    Apr 27, 2009

    Shanghai Daily

    China's population is aging quickly.To address the issue, there are basically two options: try to slow it down; develop policies and programs to deal with whatever negative consequences there might be, writes Linda G. Martin.

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  • Maritime Piracy

    commentary

    Who Has the Will to Fight Piracy?

    Brian Michael Jenkins

    Apr 21, 2009

    GlobalSecurity.org

    The recent French and American rescues of hostages held by pirates off the coast of Somalia were necessary and proper. No one believes these actions will end piracy. But unless we impose risks on the pirates--which means taking some risks ourselves--piracy will certainly flourish, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

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  • Security Cooperation

    commentary

    Leaving the Nest

    Christopher S. Chivvis

    Apr 17, 2009

    The National Interest

    In the wake of President Obama's recent European trip, hopes for a rejuvenation of transatlantic security cooperation continue to rise. This means resolving some old problems and avoiding new pitfalls, writes Christopher S. Chivvis.

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  • Terrorism Threat Assessment

    commentary

    South Asia's Taliban Problem

    Seth G. Jones

    Apr 14, 2009

    New York Times

    For India, the development of a conducive environment on its western flank for groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad has already resulted in sophisticated terrorist attacks on Indian soil. While there is good reason for India and its neighbors to be concerned, there is considerable misunderstanding of the threat, writes Seth Jones.

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  • commentary

    Seeking New Approaches to Old Problems

    Melissa Flournoy

    Apr 9, 2009

    Sun Herald - Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi

    Mississippi can work to find smart ways to address the chronic social and economic problems that have plagued the state for decades — now, not in some far-flung future, writes Melissa Flournoy.

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  • North Korea

    commentary

    N.K. Provocation Suggests Regime in Trouble

    Bruce W. Bennett

    Apr 9, 2009

    The Korea Herald

    North Korea spent weeks preparing to launch a ballistic missile that could reach the United States. It argued that the launch was intended to put a satellite into orbit. But a space launch vehicle is a ballistic missile used for a modestly different purpose, writes Bruce W. Bennett.

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