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Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz completed her MA in National Security Studies with an emphasis in Asian Studies from American Military University in 2011. She also holds a BA in Sociology/Criminal Justice from McDaniel College.

Syria’s Strife

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When multiple explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April, all attention was drawn to Boylston Street.  The world took to social media to show support for the people of Boston and to speak out against terrorism.  Yesterday, a bomb blast in Damascus, the government-held …

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The Death of a Diplomat

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Armed only with books to donate to students in Afghanistan, Anne Smedinghoff’s life was brutally cut short on April 6, 2013 when a suicide bomber claimed her life and those of 4 other Americans.  Anne, who was 25, joined the U.S. Foreign Service just after her graduation from Johns Hopkins University. …

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North Korea: Crazy or Strategic Savants?

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Malicious and threatening chatter has been making its way out of North Korea for the last few weeks. As is typical, the United States and South Korea are being threatened by North Korea with their (insisted) developing missile technology. Unlike some past situations, North Korea actually held artillery drills on …

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Sequestration: What You Need to Know

The headlines of every major news station and outlet are once again dominated by confrontation between the White House and Congress. The topic? Sequestration. Here’s what you need to know. What is Sequestration? Sequestration is a series of automatic cuts to government agencies, totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The …

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What You Drone Know

As the United States military is preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa, the United Nations announced it has begun an investigation into the legality of President Barack Obama’s drone policy. The U.S. drone program is seeking to expand to northern Africa in response to the increase of …

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Mali for Beginners

Over the past few weeks, news of unrest in Mali has finally gained limited attention in the United States. The news stories have many people beginning to ask questions about the country and how the current situation could negatively impact the United States, if at all. Mali is a landlocked, …

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How the Fiscal Cliff Could Impact National Security

The United States has nearly doubled its defense spending since 9/11 and have fought wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on credit.  As the discussions surrounding the “fiscal cliff” increase, it’s important to remember what the impact could have on national security. Automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin next year include $56.5 billion from …

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