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History Repeating Itself in Ukraine

History Repeating Itself in Ukraine

March 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/07/13 By Michael Shank and Kimairis Toogood When it comes to the conflict in Ukraine, the Republic of Georgia must feel like history is close to repeating itself. Georgia lost 20 percent of its sovereign territory to de facto Russian control in 2008 and now […]

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Time to Write the Rules for Cyber and Drone Challenges

Time to Write the Rules for Cyber and Drone Challenges

February 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

CNN 02/03/14 By Michael Shank and Des Browne Editor’s note: Des Browne is the former U.K. Secretary of State for Defense. Michael Shank is the associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The views expressed are their own. Iran has begun implementing the Joint Plan […]

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Next Steps in Syria

Next Steps in Syria

October 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/10/13 By Michael Shank and Lawrence Wilkerson As inspectors begin destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, the days and weeks ahead are absolutely critical. While we laud the progress initially instigated by talks between the U.S. and Russia, we feel strongly that our diplomatic efforts going […]

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Press Pause on the Rush to War

Press Pause on the Rush to War

September 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/09/13 By Michael Shank Syria’s welcoming this week of Russia’s proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control should put a pause on the Obama administration’s frenzied full court press this week – vis-à-vis invasion – which includes six television network interviews, a live […]

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Syria Needs Real Help, Not American Bombs

Syria Needs Real Help, Not American Bombs

August 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/27/13 By Michael Shank If the United States was genuinely interested in preventing an escalation of violent conflict in Syria, we would impatiently pursue all preventive mechanisms available to us – from international law to international diplomacy to international weapons inspection – before adding more […]

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U.S. Policy Toward a Nuclear North Korea Should Reflect Reality

U.S. Policy Toward a Nuclear North Korea Should Reflect Reality

July 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 07/15/13 By Michael Shank and Rachel Kent That South Korea and North Korea resumed talks this week, but failed to reignite inter-Korean economic cooperation by reopening the complex at the Kaesong Industrial Zone, puts the fight over the North’s nuclear fight program in the political […]

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Doing Due Diligence on Diplomacy With Damascus

Doing Due Diligence on Diplomacy With Damascus

June 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

ROLL CALL 06/07/13 By Michael Shank and Kathy Zager The news that Russia is proceeding apace with arms shipments to the Syrian government, or that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the European Union are keen to arm the Syrian rebels, does not automatically kill the Syrian peace talks in […]

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U.N. Security Council Must Act Preemptively – on Climate Change

U.N. Security Council Must Act Preemptively – on Climate Change

March 24, 2008 at 9:50 pm

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR 03/24/08 By Michael Shank and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) The United Nations tackled the task of troubleshooting climate change last month. Between holding special General Assembly meetings at headquarters in New York, bringing 100 environmental ministers to Monaco in the largest meeting of ministers since Bali, and […]

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High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

February 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

THE HILL 02/06/08 By Michael Shank In the article “Club for Growth goes after Gilchrest with ad buy” (Feb. 1), caustic conservatives, wielding a weighty $590,000 in television ad spending, queue to attack Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) prior to Maryland’s Feb. 12 GOP primary. Those in Washington favoring a deliberative […]

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Pioneers Can Secure Our Future

Pioneers Can Secure Our Future

September 14, 2007 at 10:08 pm

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH 09/13/07 By Michael Shank and US Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) Russia, Canada, and the United States are rushing to the North Pole in a pioneer-like land grab for an estimated 25 percent of the world’s unknown oil and gas reserves. One wonders when we will learn. Oil and […]

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