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Syria’s age-old Question

In an op-ed published in The Hill, Charles P. Blair writes that before the Obama administration acts on Syria, there are a variety of factors that need to be considered including a deadly chemical weapons stockpile and growing instability in the Middle East.

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U.S. Military Nuclear Material Unaccounted For: Missing In Action Or Just Sloppy

The United States has the gold standard when it comes to accounting for fissile materials especially in the military sector yet, for more than 30 years, government reports have sounded the alarm that the accounting system for these materials is not adequate. The United States is still not meeting its most stringent standards. If the nuclear material accounting system is not adequate, what does it imply for nuclear-armed states that are still manufacturing and remanufacturing warheads more frequently than the United States?

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My Take on Snowden’s Revelations

Earlier this month, I was interviewed by KNBC’s Scott McGrew regarding Snowden’s revelations about NSA spying. The clip is eight and a half minutes long, and here are some of the main points I made: A lot of what are now seen as NSA’s abuses were authorized by the Patriot Act, which was passed and renewed by […] The post My Take on Snowden’s Revelations appears on ScienceWonk, FAS's blog for opinions from guest experts and leaders.

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Avoiding Needless Wars, Part 9: Iraq

The two reasons given for invading Iraq in 2003 were baseless: Saddam Hussein’s WMDs were illusory, as were his connections to al Qaeda. While this needless war is often attributed to an intelligence failure, we all are at fault. Our elected officials failed to ask the questions they should have before going to war. So […] The post Avoiding Needless Wars, Part 9: Iraq appears on ScienceWonk, FAS's blog for opinions from guest experts and leaders.

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Why Russia Resists a UN Resolution on Syria

The mainstream media has largely failed to mention one of the main reasons Russia has been resisting a UN Security Council Resolution which would allow the use of force if the US believes that Syria has failed to meet its obligations. Back in March 2011, Russia allowed UNSC Resolution 1973 which authorized “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan […] The post Why Russia Resists a UN Resolution on Syria appears on ScienceWonk, FAS's blog for opinions from guest experts and leaders.

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Report Examines MANPADS Threat and International Efforts to Address It

Director of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project Matt Schroeder assesses the terrorist threat from MANPADS and efforts by the international community to curb this threat. The report proposes additional measures that governments can take to further reduce the illicit proliferation and use of MANPADS worldwide.

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Avoiding Needless Wars, Part 8: Syria

There are strong indications that President Obama will take military action against Syria,  even though several key questions have not been answered. First, what good will an American attack do? Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey recently told Congress, “Syria today is not about choosing between two sides but rather about choosing […] The post Avoiding Needless Wars, Part 8: Syria appears on ScienceWonk, FAS's blog for opinions from guest experts and leaders.

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