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3 Reasons to Be Skeptical of Seymour Hersh’s Account of the Bin Laden Raid

May 11, 2015
"Mr. Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has broken major stories, including the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. This account purports to explain an elaborate conspiracy theory, and-–as I have written previously-–such stories sometimes contain elements of truth. Still, the issues of sourcing and substance suggest taking Mr. Hersh’s account with a healthy dose of salt," writes Michael Kugelman.

Japan Takes Center Stage

Apr 24, 2015
"When Prime Minister Abe took office at the end of 2012, he had two major goals: (1) shake the Japanese economy out the zombie-like state it had been in for 20 years, and (2) make Japan a 'normal' country with armed forces that could play an active role in support of Japanese interests...On the 'normal country' front he needed to rewrite the terms of the alliance with the United States so that Japan can become an active partner, not just a passive bystander. That is why the 'Defense Guidelines' will be major theme of Abe’s address to Congress," writes Marvin Ott.

A Preview: Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to the U.S.

Apr 17, 2015
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the US, he will be the first Japanese head of state to address Congress in 54 years. We spoke with Shihoko Goto to learn more about plans and expectations for the Prime Minister’s visit.

Yemen’s Other Crisis

Apr 10, 2015
"Saudi Arabia is maintaining its air offensive in Yemen, and Houthi rebels continue to stage assaults. But another crisis is raging in Yemen that could pose an existential threat to one of the world’s most troubled nations," writes Michael Kugelman.

4 Things to Expect From Afghan President Ghani’s Trip to the U.S.

Mar 22, 2015
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives in the United States this week with a full agenda: meetings with President Barack Obama, discussions with U.S. officials at Camp David, an address to Congress, and a trip to the United Nations. Here are four things to expect from his visit.

Mr. Ghani Goes to Washington

Mar 19, 2015
"Ghani may have many friends in Washington, both inside and outside government. Ultimately, however, it is his friends (and some foes) back in Afghanistan whom he will need to lean on if the country’s many challenges are to be overcome," writes Michael Kugelman.

Violent Extremism the White House Doesn’t Want to Talk About

Feb 18, 2015
The White House conference on violent extremism shouldn't "gloss over brutal attacks on minorities in the United States," says Michael Kugelman.
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Deciphering China’s Mixed Signals

Jan 29, 2015
During recent speeches, high-level Chinese officials delivered seemingly contradictory messages about China’s intentions as a world power. Does China intend to challenge the current world order or does it simply want to play its role within the current structure?

5 Takeaways From Obama’s Trip to India

Jan 27, 2015
Now that President Barack Obama has left India, the post-trip analysis can begin. Here are five chief impressions from Michael Kugelman.

Fix the Link to Pakistan, Bond With India

Jan 23, 2015
"President Obama, who is visiting India this weekend, and India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, have both described their countries as natural partners. That may be true. But they cannot achieve a deep and strategic partnership until the United States deals more forthrightly with Pakistan, New Delhi’s neighbor and nemesis," writes Michael Kugelman.

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