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What the QDR Says about the UN

The U.S. Department of Defense just released its most recent edition of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), a Congressionally mandated run down of U.S. defense strategies and priorities. Those interested in the structure of American defense parse the document carefully, as seemingly innocuous omissions and minute wording choices could signal a long-term shift in Department priorities.

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CSI: Turtle Bay

The Food and Agriculture Organization recently held a workshop in Rome to discuss best forensic practices to combat the illegal fishing trade that threatens to decimate the livelihood and primary protein source of millions around the world. 

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UNESCO Protecting Haiti’s Heritage

UNESCO announced today that it is launching a campaign to protect the cultural heritage of Haiti.  Amid the carnage, this may seem like a low priority, but, as Director General Irina Bokova explained:

This heritage is an invaluable source of identity and pride for the people on the island and will be essential to the success of their national reconstruction.

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Roundup: SOTU Foreign Policy Reacts

Though many, including me, have said that Obama didn't say much in terms of foreign policy (and related policies) last night in his State of the Union, there has been a lot said about the little he did say. Find a sample of those reactions below.