NATO in Libya Fraught with Peril



Sean Kay authored this guest note for TWN. Kay is a professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University and an Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at the Ohio State University. He is the author of the forthcoming second edition of Global Security in the Twenty-first Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace and has written extensively on NATO. NATO in Libya Fraught With Peril The American intervention in Libya began with…

Dick Cheney Feeling Pretty Good Tonight


(photo credit: Valerie Clemens, former Miss Maine; click image for larger version) Tonight at a gathering of “The New Republican Majority”, approximately 15 Miss America contestants from around the nation sang the national anthem before 2,000 Republican devotees. As a special treat, they were ushered in to a green room to meet former Vice President Cheney, who looks pretty trim, fit, and has his trademark grin going. What I am really envious of though is not the bit hanging out…

Could There be a Useful Nuclear Allergy Evolving in Iran?



Today an interesting new “Iran Strategy Task Force” was launched jointly by the Progressive Policy Institute and Freedom House. The focus of the task force will be to increase the spotlight on Iran’s dismal human rights record and to raise awareness about Iran’s conventional weapons capacity and over-its-border misdeeds supporting non-state terror movements. I think America’s options on Iran are limited right now — and depend somewhat on how growing fissures and feuds among Iran’s ruling elites evolve, but short…

Obama Moved at Warp Speed on Libya



Recently at a dinner hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, former National Security Adviser to two US Presidents Brent Scowcroft stated in response to a question about what Barack Obama should do given the tumult in the Middle East, “President Obama should slow things down, move slowly, cautiously and not get swept into the emotional currents we see rising up in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.” (picture to right depicts skulls from the Rwanda genocide) President Obama has been…

Libya: Illusions and Delusions



This is a guest note by Harlan Ullman, Chairman of the Killowen Group that advises leaders of government and business as well as Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Council. ILLUSIONS AND DELUSIONS OF WAR Wars too often are created by illusions and delusions. This is what is happening in Libya. It is an illusion to believe that if Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi clings to power, the credibility and authority of the opposing UN, Arab League, NATO, U.S. and other states…

R2P: Libya Intervention Historic Milestone



This is a guest note by Francesco Femia, Program Director at the Connect U.S. Fund, where he directs programs ranging from climate and development policy, to mass atrocity prevention and response. The Intervention in Libya: A Milestone in Human Progress When explaining his decision to authorize a military intervention in Libya (which he actually did well before Monday’s speech), President Obama stated: “We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy.” There was…

LIVE STREAM at Noon: From the Frontlines of an Arab Revolution with Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin



Tune in TODAY at noon for a discussion between New America Foundation/American Strategy Program senior fellow Steve Clemons and Ayman Mohyeldin, the Cairo-based Middle East correspondent for Al-Jazeera English. With over a decade of reporting experience, Mohyeldin has covered Egypt, Lebanon, the Gulf, and Israel-Palestine (where he was one of the only international journalists based in Gaza during the 2008-2009 Israeli war). Now based in Cairo, his coverage direct from Tahrir Square provided a frontline view of the tumultuous events…

Moment with Richard Holbrooke and Hillary Clinton



With permission, TWN is posting below this intriguing picture of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then Special Representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke taken by Antoine Sanfuentes, Washington Bureau Chief of NBC. Sanfuentes offers some context below the picture. I snapped a shot of it with my iPhone which is why there is some light in it that is not in the original. During recent commentary for NBC and MSNBC, I saw this intriguing photo tacked on the…