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Syria’s Chemical Weapons in Broader Context


World War I marked the opening act of modern chemical warfare, and that conflict’s example was followed throughout the twentieth century by regimes from Benito Mussolini’s Italy to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and, most recently, Bashar al-Assad’s Syria. Our full presentation gives more details on the role of chemical weapons in world history and international relations. read more...

The Editors
Sept. 13, 2013
2:54 p.m.

Foreign Affairs

Democrats Make a Fiscal Case for Closing Guantánamo


The United States has spent nearly $5 billion on detention operations at Guantánamo Bay since the facility was established in 2002, according to new Pentagon data released by Democrats on the House Armed Services Committe. The fiscal 2013 cost will be $454 million for a detainee population of 166, which works out to $2.7 million per detainee this year. Another $443 billion has been requested for next year. read more...

The Editors
July 29, 2013
12:52 p.m.

Sequester Looms Over Budget Debate


The graph shows new discretionary budget authority (appropriations) for the entire federal government and for defense programs, historically and as limited by the 2011 debt limit law. With the sequester set to take effect in January, lawmakers are talking about delaying these additional cuts or replacing them with savings they find more palatable. read more...

Sarah Vanderbilt
May 23, 2012
11:34 a.m.