Foreign and Defense Policy

Best of the foreign policy blogs (Mar. 9 to Mar. 16)

Here is the best of what AEI’s foreign and defense policy scholars are reading this week:

Josh Rogin at reports that the Taliban Gitmo deal is swap for a Westerner.

Also at, David Kenner is Reading Assad’s emails.

John Hudson at reports on the AP’s surprising choice of a North Korean propaganda veteran to open its Pyongyang bureau in How the AP Selected Its North Korea Reporter.

Bill Roggio at reports that a U.S. drone strike kills 4 AQAP fighters.

Spencer Ackerman at’s Danger Room reports on how the expanding use of internet-connected devices is creating new opportunities for spycraft in CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher.

James Bamford at’s Threat Level blog reports that The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center.

Steve Biegun at’s Shadow Government blog writes on the “Kony2012” video sweeping the internet in An exercise in non-interventionist self-indulgence.

The editorial board at critiques Obama’s troubled handling of Afghanistan.

Tom Joscelyn at reports that Taliban Suspends Talks with U.S.

Finally, via, here’s a video of an exploding iceberg in Antarctica (ok, nothing to do with foreign policy. But it’s really cool.) Save the icebergs! Ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty!

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