American Foreign Policy

Deputy National Security Adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes Shaping President Obama’s Foreign Policy Strategy

March 17, 2013

“Mr. Rhodes is drafting the address to the Israeli people the president plans to give in Jerusalem, but his influence extends beyond what either his title or speechwriting duties suggest.”

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North Korea Threatens Japan For Advocating Additional Sanctions Against North Korea

March 17, 2013

“The North’s official Korean Central News Agency carried a statement from the Foreign Ministry Sunday saying that it would be a fatal mistake for Japan if it thinks it will be safe when a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula.”

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North Korea Propaganda Website Warns South Korean Residents to Leave Yeonpyeong Island

March 17, 2013

“Pyongyang has made a series of threats since its last nuclear test in February prompted the UN to tighten sanctions.”

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U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Pleads Guilty in Afghanistan Corruption and Bribery Case

March 17, 2013

“Long, 30, had pleaded guilty to stealing at least $1 million and shipping the cash in hundred-dollar bills to the U.S. in the guts of hollowed-out VCR players.”

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U.S. and South Korea Begin 11-Day Military Drills With 10,000 South Korean and 3,000 American Troops

March 15, 2013

“The 11-day military drills that started Monday involve 10,000 South Korean and about 3,000 American troops. Those coincide with two months of separate U.S.-South Korean field exercises that began March 1.”

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Defense Secretary Hagel Announces Missile Defense Expansion to Defend Against North Korea and Iran

March 15, 2013

“Still relatively new in his post, the Pentagon chief told reporters that 14 additional interceptors to be installed by 2017 would bring the total to 44. It is part of a package of steps expected to cost $1 billion, officials said.”

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Western Diplomats: Iran Has “Significantly” Increased Military Support to Syrian President Assad in Recent Months

March 14, 2013

“Iranian weapons continue to pour into Syria from Iraq but also increasingly along other routes, including via Turkey and Lebanon, in violation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, Western officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Iraqi and Turkish officials denied the allegations.”

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Pentagon: Iranian Fighter Jet Targeted U.S. Drone Over the Persian Gulf This Week

March 14, 2013

“No shots were fired. However, Obama administration officials told CNN that the United States is concerned with Iranian intentions in incidents like this and whether such episodes could unintentionally trigger hostilities.”

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President Obama: Iran is One Year Away From Developing a Nuclear Weapon

March 14, 2013

“Iran is about a year away from developing a nuclear weapon and the United States remains committed to doing everything in its power to prevent that from happening, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview aired Thursday on Israeli TV.”

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Rules-Out Canadian Combat Troops in Mali

March 14, 2013

“Harper didn’t rule out Canadian support for a UN-led peacekeeping force, saying only that any future decisions by Ottawa on Mali won’t be taken without input from parliamentarians.”

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France Foreign Minister Lobbying for a United Nations Security Council Vote on Peacekeepers in Mali in Early April

March 14, 2013

“The peacekeepers would take over from French and African forces currently fighting Islamic extremists who had taken control of northern Mali.”

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Venezuela Acting President: U.S. “Far-Right” Plotting to Assassinate Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles

March 13, 2013

“”We have detected plans by the far right, linked to the groups of (former Bush administration officials) Roger Noriega and Otto Reich, to make an attempt against the opposition presidential candidate,” Nicolas Maduro said.”

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President Obama Meets With Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan

March 13, 2013

“A statement issued by the White House after the meeting on Wednesday said that Mr. Obama had “stressed the importance of Libya’s cooperation with the ongoing investigation” and added that he and Mr. Zeidan had also discussed ways to strengthen Libya’s institutions.”

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President Obama Nominates Deborah K. Jones as U.S. Ambassador to Libya

March 13, 2013

“Jones has previously served as U.S. ambassador to Kuwait and is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington.”

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United Nations Report Accuses Mali Soldiers of Retaliatory Violence Against Ethnic Groups

March 13, 2013

“Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that members of the Peuhl, Tuareg and Arab ethnic groups were being targeted.”

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