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Carrots, not sticks, for Iran

The international community has tried to use threats and sanctions to coerce the Iranian government into giving up its weapons program. It’s failed. What the international community hasn’t tried is incentives – real incentives backed by dollars and international agreements, writes contributor Joshua Foust.

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Why the U.S. should ignore Iran for now

Closing the Strait of Hormuz is a disaster, not so much for the U.S., but for Asia. Asian powers like China and Japan should therefore take the lead in addressing Iranian concerns and ratcheting down tension, writes Joshua Foust.

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Can the police use GPS to spy on you? Supreme Court leaves big questions unanswered

The Supreme Court said Monday that GPS tracking is unconstitutional. But what about cell phones, email or Facebook? The court left those questions unanswered.

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Arab Spring, Russian winter?

Joshua Foust asks if this past weekend’s contested elections will spur Arab Spring-like protests in Russia.

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An ambassador under siege

In the wake of the furor surrounding Ambassador Howard Gutman’s recent comments about anti-Semitism among Muslims in Europe, Sarah Wildman defends the ambassador’s decision to initiate a nuanced conversation about what hate looks like, where it comes from and how it spreads in today’s world.

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Thomas Donnelly on sparing the Pentagon budget

Thomas Donnelly of the American Enterprise Institute argues that the Pentagon’s budget should be spared the kind of major cuts being made to federal spending across the board.

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The Pentagon: Hard times, hard choices

Former NBC Pentagon correspondent Fred Francis hosts a panel of military experts who discuss the wisdom of some of our current defense spending and how the Pentagon can deal with foreign threats during difficult economic times.

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Obama stresses Asia-Pacific’s importance as he announces increased military presence in Australia

Even as the U.S. military scales down operations in the Middle East, it’s sharpening its focus on the Asia-Pacific, President Obama declared this week, evoking dismay from China.

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Iran may be much closer to nuclear weapons than we thought. What happens next?

Israelis are furiously debating the possibility of an air strike on Iran after reports that the regime is nearing a nuclear bomb. Is war with Iran a possibility?