The Will and the Wallet Launch



The foreign affairs and defense budget issues blog Budget Insight has been relaunched now as The Will and the Wallet via the Stimson Center — and for those of you in Washington this morning, I will be appearing on a panel discussing defense and national security budget issues with Gordon Adams, professor of international relations…

Technology Gets Less Open in Egypt



While not exactly a haven of free speech before, it looks like Egyptian authorities are cracking down on communications technology in the lead-up to parliamentary elections: Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has imposed new restrictions aimed at tightening control over the SMS messaging services provided by mobile phone companies and media institutions in an…

Tom Donilon: The Last Best Hope to Help Obama Make Vital Strategic Leaps



(Outgoing National Security Advisor General Jim Jones, President Barack Obama, and newly named National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon; photo credit: Talk Radio News) Recently I met with David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy blogger and one of Washington’s premier chroniclers of American national security personalities and architecture, for lunch and discussed with him who President Obama’s next…

Photo of the Day: The Answer is No



(photo credit: Andrew Lebovich) My colleague and right hand Andrew Lebovich sent the following pic to me a moment ago after I emailed him asking if he wanted to chat today (Saturday) about all of the major events we have coming up this next week.