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  • The Real Question about Pakistan's Border Closure
    October 8, 2010
    "The government's retaliatory closure of Torkham and the ensuing violence against the trucks have discomfited Af-Pak watchers who worry about Pakistan's important source of leverage over the United States and NATO. Some analysts worry that Pakistan will deploy its ultimate -- and only -- weapon as an effort to seek concessions on the end state in Afghanistan or to extract even greater funds from the international community." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the closure of some Afghanistan-Pakistan border checkpoints.
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    Source: Foreign Policy

  • Tough Realities Plague Planned 2011 US Drawdown From Afghanistan
    October 8, 2010
    "You can kill and kill and kill. But without a reliable partner, counterinsurgency cannot succeed." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the counterinsurgency course of action for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
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    Source: Voice of America

  • Al-Qaeda is a Bigger Threat Today than 10 Years Ago, says Terrorism Expert
    October 7, 2010
    "At least in the American case, we have a government that's extraordinarily incompetent in terms of experience with these kinds of things. And they are covering their behinds as much as they can. Certainly in the last weeks running up to the midterm elections here in the United States they don't want to be blamed for any kind of a security failure." Michael Scheuer, adjunct professor of security studies, on the recent travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department to travelers heading to Europe.
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    Source: Deutsche Welle

  • Norton, Cheh Help Commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    October 7, 2010
    "Whatever's causing this, and obviously we'd like to eradicate breast cancer and its causes, but whatever's causing this, the next best thing is to catch it early." Mary Cheh, Councilwoman for Ward 3 in D.C., on Georgetown Lombardi's Capital Breast Care Center and its commitment to early detection and free breast cancer screening for uninsured women in the District.
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    Source: WAMU 88.5

  • Hey, Baby, Who's the Puppet?
    October 6, 2010
    "There are a lot of videos out there, so we have almost gone beyond the question of whether they are good or bad, and onto how people are using them." Rachel Barr, associate professor of psychology, on the consumption of DVDs for young children.
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    Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • Can an 'Election of Generals' help Reform Myanmar?
    October 5, 2010
    "Of course the election won't be free and fair, but there's a chance here that over time, more political space will be created. There's potential for improvements to the economy and for the first time in decades, a parliament will convene and normal people will have some voice." David Steinberg, distinguished professor of foreign service, on upcoming Myanmar elections.
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    Source: Reuters (Canada)

  • Chronic Sinusitus Often Misdiagnosed
    October 5, 2010
    “Chronic sinusitis is an often debilitating illness with symptoms comparable to those of serious medical diseases." Alexander Chester, clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, on the severity and common misdiagnosis of chronic sinusitus.
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    Source: CNN

  • Dispute Reveals Weakness In Afghan Supply Route
    October 4, 2010
    "For these trucks to move as often as they do requires that everyone is getting paid... The mafia will benefit from this later, because they'll be able to charge more to keep the convoys secure." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the supply-route convoys making their way through Pakistan to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
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    Source: NPR

  • Bin Laden may be Using Climate to Bolster Image: Analyst
    October 1, 2010
    "Bin Laden seeks to capitalize on any crises or problems [that] are of concern to the people whose favor and support he seeks... At least for many Pakistanis, the floods have most recently been concern number one." Paul Pillar, professor of security studies, on Osama Bin Laden's influence over Pakistanis.
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    Source: Beverly Hills Courier

  • “It seems Arab states like Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia will continue to play the role of pressuring [Palestinian President M
    September 27, 2010
    “It seems Arab states like Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia will continue to play the role of pressuring [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas to continue with the US-sponsored talks -- not because these talks will bring anything to the Palestinians … or because they will result in a future Palestinian state. But they will do it because these states are beholden to the United States.” Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace talks.
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    Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  • Obama Plays to his Base with Financial Team Moves
    September 26, 2010
    "Larry Summers was never that popular with the base, and this president is desperately trying to mobilize the base between now and November." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the President Obama's decision to change his economic team including White House director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers.
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    Source: Los Angeles Times

  • Not at the Forefront of Flood Relief
    September 20, 2010
    "Within days of the onset of Pakistan’s devastating floods about six weeks ago, the media began reporting that militant groups -- or their purported charity wings -- were at the ‘forefront of flood relief.’ Lashkar-e-Taiba has been singled out with alarm because it is the most lethal group that operates across several countries in the South Asian region and beyond. With the Pakistani government appearing ever more ineffective and with some Islamist militants ravaging Pakistan itself and others yet savaging Afghanistan and India from bases within Pakistan, this could hardly be welcome news." Christine Fair, assistant professor of foreign service, on the Islamist militants helping those in Pakistan impacted by the recent floods and the consequence it's having in the war on terror.
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    Source: Foreign Policy

  • Experts: Invest in Local Efforts to Detect Terror
    September 16, 2010
    "[Training local authorities] has not received the systemic and systematic attention that it needs. There needs to be greater coordination and a greater recognition of locals' role." Bruce Hoffman, professor of security studies, on training local law enforcement, public safety personnel and hometown residents in small communities in response to acts of terrorism.
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    Source: The Associated Press

  • Record Poverty Level: 'Long Slog Ahead' for Poor Americans?
    September 16, 2010
    "Well, very simply, this is the steepest recession in terms of the job market. And that's where people's earnings and people's incomes are directly impacted." Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the increase of those living in poverty.
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    Source: PBS Newshour

  • The Likability Factor: What Obama's Lacking?
    September 14, 2010
    "Obama's analytic style of decision-making and his unwillingness to show emotion makes it hard for people to relate to him... This is the place where the heart and outward manner work against one another. In terms of helping people who need help the most, Obama is far more sympathetic and has done more than either Bush. Yet George W. Bush conveyed an averageness about him that Obama does not." Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the rationality behind President Obama's decision-making in relation to his likeability.
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    Source: Vermont Public Radio

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