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America’s Africa Misadventure
By Najum Mushtaq

In a region where a higher level of U.S. engagement is long overdue and should be welcomed by all quarters, the new U.S. Africa Command (Africom) has elicited widespread suspicion. Given its emphasis on the use of military power and its interventionist framework, Africom will in all likelihood be counterproductive for U.S. strategic interests in the region; most African countries see military motives behind Washington’s rhetoric of peace, cooperation, and humanitarianism. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Akbar Atri
Could this Iranian exile dissident, who champions regime change in Iran through his work with groups like the Committee on the Present Danger, be the "Iranian Ahmed Chalabi"?

David Horowitz
The right-wing commentator known for his diatribes against liberals has designated the last week in October "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week."

Committee on the Present Danger
Reinvented after 9/11 to promote an expansive "war on terror," this Cold War-era anti-communist outfit has, along with a host of other neoconservative-led pressure groups, recently set its sights on pushing U.S. intervention in Iran.

Forgotten American Coalition
According to its chair, Gary Bauer, the members of this new pro-war letterhead coalition—which include Christian Right leaders, neoconservatives, social conservatives, and hardline nationalists— "believe defeat at the hands of an ideology that worships death would be immoral."

Gary Becker
In his writings, the Nobel laureate and Hoover Institution fellow switches between free-market economic principles and hawkish support for the "war on terror."

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Hillary’s "Soft Power"
By Jim Lobe

Potentially the next president, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton espouses the benefits of "soft power" in U.S. foreign relations while leaving open the possibility of using hard power in Iran. Read full story.

Genocide Politics
By Khody Akhavi

While it has been quick to announce "genocide" in other parts of the world, the Bush administration sees a House resolution on the Armenian genocide as a threat to its prosecution of the "war on terror." Read full story.

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The Foreign Policy Initiative, founded in 2009 by a host of neoconservative figures, was a leading advocate for a militaristic and Israel-centric U.S. foreign policies.


Billionaire investor Paul Singer is the founder and CEO of the Elliott Management Corporation and an important funder of neoconservative causes.


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is known for his hawkish views on foreign policy and close ties to prominent neoconservatives.


Ron Dermer is the Israeli ambassador to the United States and a close confidante of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince is notorious for his efforts to expand the use of private military contractors in conflict zones.


U.S. Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis is a retired U.S Marine Corps general and combat veteran who served as commander of U.S. Central Command during 2010-2013 before being removed by the Obama administration reportedly because of differences over Iran policy.


Mark Dubowitz, an oft-quoted Iran hawk, is the executive director of the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


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