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Guantanamo Bay's Slow Closing Act

If progress in closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility was measured in prisoner numbers alone, December 15 could mark a watershed day for President Barack Obama. The president, who has called the offshore facility a stain on the country's international reputation, directed the government to...

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Copenhagen's Many Agendas

The UN's December 2009 meeting in Copenhagen is supposed to be the final negotiations on a new set of targetsfor international cooperation on climate change. Some countries view these negotiations as an update of the Kyoto Protocol's original emissions reductions, set to expire in 2012....

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Troops, Timetables, and Afghanistan

When President Barack Obama previewed his new Afghan strategy last week--details of which he will unveil at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this evening--his message of urgency had a familiar ring. Obama lamented eight years of U.S. military engagement that he said lacked...

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