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Armed Drones Revolutionized Airpower

The success of the armed Predator has sparked a revolution in unmanned aircraft, making it “arguably the most important new military technology since the nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile,” according to a paper by Wilson Center Senior Scholar Richard Whittle.

Escalating Violence in Afghanistan

The recent attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan and the assassination of former President Rabbani are desperate moves by the Taliban and similar organizations like the Haqqani network, says Jane Harman on Fox News Happening Now.

“Rogue States” and the United States: An Historical Perspective

The term “rogue states” entered the U.S. foreign policy lexicon after the Cold War to designate regimes that employed terrorism as an instrument of state policy and attempted to acquire weapons of mass destruction in pursuit of policy goals. Named to the core group were Iraq, Libya, Iran, and North Korea. Iraq and Libya have since experienced U.S.-directed or U.S.-assisted regime change. What are the implications for the ongoing challenges to international order and American security posed by Iran and North Korea?

Pakistan and 9/11

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, program director Robert M. Hathaway, program associate Michael Kugelman, and former Pakistan Scholar Riaz Mohammad Khan published separate op-eds in the Pakistani media. Hathaway's, published in The News, counsels Pakistanis not to attribute all their problems to the U.S. response to the tragedy.

Confused Superpower

Click here to read former Australian Scholar Brendon O'Conner's article "Confused Superpower" in the Australian.

Who's Winning the War of Ideas in the Post-9/11 World?

Who's winning the war of ideas in the post-9/11 world? Asia Program Director Robert Hathaway answers this question and others as we observe the 10th anniversary of the attack on America.

In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11

Melvyn P. Leffler, former Wilson Center public policy scholar and Edward R.

Afghanistan's Uncertain Future

There are pockets of relative progress in Afghanistan, but they exist among a sea of serious instability and violence that makes the country's future look very uncertain, says Rajiv Chandrasekaran on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

Listen to the full broadcast of his discussion on the future of Afghanistan with McClatchy national security correspondent Jonathan Landay and host Neal Conan on NPR's website.

Critical Next Ten Days in Libya

Libya's Transitional National Council has taken some good steps to ensure it is inclusive, says Robin Wright on ABC's This Week, but the next ten days or so will be critical in establishing its presence in Tripoli and preventing old tribal divisions from re-emerging.