Micah Zenko

Politics, Power, and Preventive Action

Zenko covers the U.S. national security debate and offers insight on developments in international security and conflict prevention.

Cyber Attacks and Pentagon Responses

by Micah Zenko Monday, July 25, 2011

2Lt William Liggett works at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs

2Lt William Liggett works at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado July 20, 2010. U.S. national security planners are proposing that the 21st century's critical infrastructure -- power grids, communications, water utilities, financial networks -- be similarly shielded from cyber marauders and other foes. The ramparts would be virtual, their perimeters policed by the Pentagon and backed by digital weapons capable of circling the globe in milliseconds to knock out targets (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters).

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Rhetoric and Regime Change in Syria

by Micah Zenko Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks in Damascus

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks in Damascus, June 20, 2011, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Assad pledged on Monday political reforms within months to address a wave of protests against his rule, but blamed saboteurs for the unrest and warned that no deal could be reached with gunmen (Sana Sana/Courtesy Reuters).

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Libya: NATO Selectively Enforcing No-Fly-Zone

by Micah Zenko Monday, July 18, 2011
Canadian F-18 war planes wait to refuel from a British VC-10 tanker aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea off Libya

Canadian F-18 war planes (L) wait to refuel from a British VC-10 tanker aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea off Libya July 10, 2011. Seven countries, including Britain, have provided air tankers to sustain the NATO air mission over Libya, which is now in its fourth month. Picture taken through an aircraft window on July 10, 2011 (David Brunnstrom/Courtesy Reuters).

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) assumed command and control over the western-led intervention in the Libyan civil war four months ago with three stated military missions: enforce an arms embargo, enforce a no-fly-zone, and protect civilians and civilian populated areas.

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Five Years After the Israel-Hezbollah War

by Micah Zenko Tuesday, July 12, 2011

An Israeli artillery unit fires a shell towards Lebanon from its position near the Israeli-Lebanese border August 9, 2006. Israel decided on Wednesday to expand its ground offensive in Lebanon, and Hizbollah's leader vowed to turn southern Lebanon into a graveyard for Israeli troops and to unleash more rockets on the city of Haifa. REUTERS/Yonathan Weitzman

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Controlling the Message in Libya

by Micah Zenko Monday, July 11, 2011

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen briefs the media on the NATO no-fly zone operations in Libya during a news conference at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels April 11, 2011. Any ceasefire in Libya would need to be credible and verifiable and would need an effective monitoring mechanism, Rasmussen said on Monday. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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