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New York Times Editorial Board: Foreign policy, defense policy; Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University, Fall 2013

After the Attack in Peshawar, Will Afghanistan and Pakistan Cooperate?

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — One vital element missing from the long fight against the various Taliban groups that operate on both sides of the lawless Afghanistan-Pakistan border has been serious cooperation between the governments in Kabul and Islamabad. The slaughter of 148 students and teachers by Pakistani Taliban at a military-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday ought to change that.

Senate Committee Bothered to Authorize War Against Islamic State

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee got some things right when it voted on Thursday to authorize President Obama's war against Islamic State. The panel at least attempted to deal head on with this problem, which the rest of Congress has chosen to ignore during five months of American-led bombing in Iraq and Syria-even though the Constitution assigns lawmakers the responsibility for declaring war.

World to Desperate Syrians: We Won’t Help

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — Some of the world's wealthiest and most important countries are failing the test of international citizenship and basic compassion. In the face of the brutal Syrian civil war, which has forcibly displaced millions of civilians, these states have not resettled a single refugee. Let's name names here: China. Russia.

Another Mass Death Sentence in the 'New' Egypt

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — In the new Egypt, there may be even less respect for justice, the rule of law and human rights as in the old Egypt. On Tuesday, an Egyptian court issued a mass death sentence against 188 people accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, on charges that grew out of the killing of a handful of police officers during a riot last year.

Afghans Are Surprisingly Optimistic

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — After the lives lost and the billions spent and often wasted in Afghanistan, it is easy for Americans to be discouraged about the country's future. The Taliban continues to be a serious threat as does corruption, while the economy is largely dependent on dwindling international handouts. Yet Afghans have a remarkably hopeful view.

Can America and Russia Get Along?

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — Dayton, Ohio - To hear some Russians tell it, the United States has a "master plan" to demonize their president, Vladimir Putin, and use sanctions, imposed because of the crisis in Ukraine, to bring down his government. They also accuse Washington of backing pro-Nazi factions in Ukraine. Such conclusions are absurd.

Narendra Modi’s Cabinet Is a Rogue’s Gallery

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — On the campaign trail earlier this year, India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, appealed to voters by promising to combat corruption and clean up politics. He was rewarded with a huge national electoral victory as well as success in state elections last month.

How Many Soldiers Were Exposed to Chemical Weapons in Iraq?

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — One of the more scandalous secrets from America's decade in Iraq is coming to light. Defense officials have now acknowledged that, since 2003, more than 600 American service members have reported that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq.

The Pentagon Will Look Into the Iraq Chemical Weapon Scandal, After All

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — After Times reporter C.J. Chivers revealed last week that American and American-trained Iraqi troops found thousands of abandoned and highly dangerous chemical weapons left over from the rule of Saddam Hussein, the Pentagon said it did not plan to examine the facts uncovered. Apparently that bad decision was not final.

A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai

takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com — When Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager known for advocating girls' education, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, she quickly made yet another gutsy gesture. She invited the prime ministers of Pakistan and India to attend the December awards ceremony. Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and Narendra Modi of India should immediately accept.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @ianbremmer: Hard to say what US intel most badly underestimated: ISIS or N Korea cyber capacity.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @columlynch: He doesn't exactly say it but sounds like Kerry trying to steer the Israeli election away from the right wing atfp.co/1wV9oFi

Dec 19, 2014

RT @markknoller: Pres Obama did not call on any TV reporters at today's news conference. He called on 8 reporters - all women. pic.twitter.com/28hxK7XWwg

Dec 19, 2014

RT @abasinfo: #Obama presser is over by just answering to women reporters' questions & without mentioning even a single word on #Iran by hi…

Dec 18, 2014

NYT editorial board blog: After the Attack in Peshawar, Will Afghanistan and Pakistan Cooperate? nyti.ms/1uX86FL

Dec 18, 2014

RT @pgranfield: Colbert exits. Bush enters. The circle of life continues.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @CarrollDoherty: Nearly 20 yrs after US normalized relations w/ Vietnam, 76% of Vietnamese view the United States favorably. pewrsr.ch/1rbym2u

Dec 18, 2014

RT @steven_pifer: In marathon presser today, does not appear that Putin broke any new ground on #Russia policy toward #Ukraine, repeated standard Moscow line.

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