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The Absence of Saleh: Dealing With AQAP in a Post-Arab Spring Yemen

With the emergence of the Al-Qaeda branch Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen, the next American administration needs to increase aid and public support for the current Yemeni president as he navigates a volatile domestic situation to combat the growing terrorist threat. Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, the foreign policy discourse … Continue reading

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For Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi, Pragmatics Outweigh Ideology

It’s a familiar story in democracies – a politician runs for office and is elected on a particular platform.  Soon after taking office the realities of leadership force him to reign in his promises and govern more pragmatically.  The story, it seems, translates into Arabic. AN IDEOLOGICAL BACKGROUND Egypt’s President, Mohammed Morsi, ran and was … Continue reading

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With No Power Comes No Responsibility: The EPA Oversteps Again

On August 21, 2012, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).  CSAPR is an attempt to implement the “good neighbor” provision of the Clean Air Act that requires “upwind States” to prevent “sources within their borders from emitting … ‘amounts’ of pollution that travel across state lines” … Continue reading

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Demonizing Multinationals: How President Obama Avoids a Policy Discussion and Prevents America From Moving Forward

In demonizing Bain for outsourcing, President Obama is implicitly criticizing the act of outsourcing itself without the facts to back himself up. Of the 598 American companies on Forbes world’s largest firms list, only 15 percent publically report their foreign employment numbers. While President Obama’s blind attacks on this legal right are clearly groundless, the … Continue reading

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Autonomy and Accountability

On Tuesday July 24, 2012 the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, of the U.S. House of Representatives, held a hearing titled, “Education Reforms: Discussing the Value of Alternative Teacher Certification Programs.”  With the deadline for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) looming in the near future, education policy … Continue reading