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Diplomats get punished for doing their job1

Washington - On Oct. 21, 2014, Robin Raphel, a former assistant secretary of state, got an urgent call from her daughter, who said that something had triggered the burglar alarm at home. When Raphel arrived, she found FBI agents searching through her files and other personal materials. Raphel frantically telephoned her office at the State... weiter




Intelligence Services

A spy chief's hardened perspective

Washington - Early in his tenure as director of national intelligence, James Clapper could sometimes be heard complaining "I'm too old for this [expletive]!" He has now served almost six years as America's top intelligence official, and when I asked him this week how much longer he would be in harness... weiter




Karabakh

Conflict in the Caucasus1

Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh - The military commander of this breakaway Armenian republic predicted in an interview here Monday that a fragile cease-fire could collapse within days. By that night, Azerbaijani shelling had killed two Armenian soldiers in a northern border town, amid accusations by each side that the other had violated the truce... weiter





Arab Youth

Don't give up on the Arabs3

Washington - As President Obama travels this week to Saudi Arabia, here's a surprising snapshot of what young Arabs think: They're scared about the Islamic State and terrorism; they yearn for more freedom and gender equality; they fear that the Arab Spring has made life worse; and they're increasingly skeptical about the role of traditional... weiter




Energy technology

Moniz leads a quiet revolution in clean energy

Washington - So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area - energy and the environment - where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners becomes president. Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz... weiter




Economic sanctions

A warning against the overuse of sanctions

Washington - Economic sanctions have become the "silver bullet" of American foreign policy over the last decade, because they're cheaper and more effective in compelling adversaries than traditional military power. But Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warns of a "risk of overuse" that could neuter the sanctions weapon and harm America... weiter





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