Author: Rich P

President Obama, the Syrian Civil War and Fateful Indecision

On August 20th, 2012, President Barack Obama declared that the use of chemical weapons would constitute the crossing of a “red line” that “would change [his] calculus” in intervening in Syria’s Civil War. The conflict has grown and evolved in the past year: Over 100,000 people are now dead, two million have sought refuge beyond

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CSAD Afternoon Panel #1: The Failures of Democratization

Today’s first afternoon panel of the Center for the Study of American Democracy’s bi-annual conference hinged on whether or not democracy promotion is in America’s interest. Panelists included Michael E. O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, J. Scott Carpenter, Principal of Google Ideas, Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and

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George Zimmerman is Already on Trial

Trayvon Martin’s death has been one of the most highly covered events of 2012. While the Florida teenager’s death is certainly tragic, many individuals have already jumped to the conclusion that George Zimmerman was acting out of malice, not self defense. Even if he was, the public must allow the criminal justice system to investigate

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