Who’s In The News
Big changes coming to Obama’s Asia team (Josh Rogin, the Cable Blog)
Several senior Obama administration Asia officials are set to either leave government or move to new jobs within the bureaucracy in the coming months, as the White House tries to hit the reset button on U.S.-China relations
Clinton to staff: A busy year ahead for diplomacy (Josh Rogin, The Cable Blog)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told her staff in a memo today that the furious pace of international challenges is only going to increase in 2011, as the State Department forges ahead with internal change and a full plate of diplomatic challenges.
Cantor Won’t Rule Out Cuts to National Security Budgets (Billy House, National Journal)
Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Tuesday that defense spending cuts are “on the table” as Republicans look to make good on their oft-stated No. 1 pledge of chopping as much as $100 billion from the nation’s $3 trillion federal budget. Cantor’s comments represented a departure from previous Republican claims that their efforts to return the federal budget to fiscal year 2008 levels would be achieved by cutting non-security discretionary funds.
Forget the Aftershocks (Charles Kenny, Foreign Policy)
Haiti marks a grim anniversary this month: It’s been one year since a catastrophic earthquake struck the island nation, leveling whole neighborhoods of the capital city of Port-au-Prince and killing upwards of 230,000 people. Twelve months later, much of the rebuilding and recovery remains undone.
Taliban benefits as Afghans’ anti-drug efforts stall (Ashish Kumar Sen, Washington Times)
Afghan efforts to eradicate opium-yielding poppy crops that fuel the Taliban-led insurgency have stalled as a result of a lack of incentives and adequate security for farmers who may be inclined to cut ties with the Taliban, according to Afghan and Western officials.