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Gwendolyn Frantz, 17, of Kensington, Md., stands in front of the White House during a student protest for gun control on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Analysis & Opinions - Boston Herald

GOP on Firing Line Over Gun Control

| Feb. 20, 2018

Well, here we are. Another horrific school shooting has gripped the country, and with it come the standard calls for Washington to do something. And it is time to do something. Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. We should be creative enough to come up with a few specific changes to the law, not something cosmetic or hollow, but some real initiatives that will make it harder for the evil among us to obtain the vicious weapons that have been used against innocents in recent years.

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

America's IR Schools Are Broken

| Feb. 20, 2018

"One obvious problem is that the conduct of 'international affairs' is not really a professional vocation, but rather a political one. Influential foreign-policy leaders are not chosen strictly for their expertise but also for their ideological convictions, reputations, personal connections, and political loyalty."

People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla. February 15, 2018 (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press). Keywords: Parkland, school shooting

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

'I'm So Sick of This' — Another Deadly School Shooting

| Feb. 15, 2018

"No other nation suffers as we do because of school shootings; no other nation except ours has these kinds of mass murders; no other nation, with polling showing tremendous support for gun control laws, ignores popular sentiment so successfully at the behest of special interests, like the National Rifle Association — the NRA. No other nation fails its children so spectacularly."

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Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Recognizing the Limitations of American Influence in Iran

| Feb. 14, 2018

It is time for a reality check: despite claims to the contrary by Iran’s supreme leader, the United States is not the central actor in the drama that recently unfolded in Iran, nor was it the central actor in Egypt back in 2011. The mass protests that forced the Egyptian dictator from power were driven by the Egyptian public’s growing disenchantment with decades of political, economic and social mismanagement by a succession of military rulers. Contemporary observers noted with surprise the absence of references to the United States or other foreign-policy considerations during the protests. The demonstrators’ recurrent chant—“bread, freedom, social justice and human dignity”—encapsulated the domestic motivations behind the public’s mobilization.

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Analysis & Opinions - Lawfare

Evaluating the U.K.'s ‘Active Cyber Defence’ Program

| Feb. 14, 2018

In November 2016, the U.K. government launched its Active Cyber Defence (ACD) program with the intention of tackling “in a relatively automated [and transparent] way, a significant proportion of the cyber attacks that hit the U.K.” True to their word, a little over a year on, last week the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) published a full and frank account (over 60 pages long) of their progress to date. The report itself is full of technical implementation details. But it’s useful to cut through the specifics to explain exactly what ACD is and highlight its successes—how the program could benefit the United States as well.