Watch Out When an Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi & Taliban Agree



From the BBC: West Bank rabbi bans women from local election Rabbi Elyakim Levanon of the Elon Moreh settlement, near Nablus, said women lacked the authority to stand for the post of local secretary. He wrote in a community newspaper that women must only be heard through their husbands.

Dual Hat Panetta: Leon Panetta Should be Appointed Both DNI and DCIA



This is a guest note by Dr. Christopher K. Tucker, founding Chief Strategic Officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s Venture Fund. Tucker is also a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

LIVE STREAM at 12:15 pm: Charles Kupchan on Turning Enemies into Friends



Georgetown University Professor and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Charles Kupchan has written an important book, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace, that deals with the vital issue of how to effectively negotiate and make peace with international rivals and opponents.

Remembering Our End Goals in Iran



Last week’s controversial uranium enrichment agreement among Iran, Turkey and Brazil, along with the subsequent decision from the P5+1 countries to push forward with sanctions, throws into stark relief the tendency for the U.S. and Iran to talk past each other, as the possibility for constructive dialogue slips further and further away.