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The Diplomatic Brain Drain in Afghanistan

Afghans are expected to settle on a new president by this summer and the U.S. and the new government in Kabul will begin to forge a relationship in the postwar period. But at this critical juncture there will be a diplomatic brain drain that will undermine U.S. policy goals there, say officials in and out of the U.S. government. 

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Menendez Slams ‘Dumb' Criticisms of Obama's Secret Social Media Program in Cuba

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday tore into critics of a controversial U.S.-backed social media program in Cuba. The program, created by the U.S. Agency for International Development and run with the help of American contractors, established a Twitter-like social media site on the Communist island called ZunZuneo but was shuttered after two years with little to show for it.

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