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Rundown 07/15/13

Rundown 07/15/13

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A weekly digest of news and analysis from AEI's Foreign and Defense Studies team
A weekly digest of news and analysis from AEI's Foreign and Defense Studies team

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Good afternoon AEI colleagues,Welcome to this week's issue of "The Rundown," your weekly synopsis of developments in USforeign and defense policy.We are closing in on 4,000 followers for our  
 Twitter account. As we formulate our plan of attack to overtake current AEI prom king 
 in followers, add us. Whatcan we say?
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 Stay cool out there,Danielle PletkaForeign and Defense Policy Studies, Vice President
  Alexandra Della RocchettaForeign and Defense Policy Studies, Program Manager 
 Stephan BurklinForeign and Defense Policy Studies, Communications Assistant
Tweet of the Week
Michael Auslin
Dominique Strauss-Kahn to announce candidacy for head of NYC hotel workers' union.
 
In the
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Terrorism
 
 A Free Syrian Army official, Kamal al-Hamami, was killed by members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Stateof Iraq and the Levant on Friday in Latakia.
 
On Thursday,
 will testify at a hearing entitled"
,
" to be held by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism,Nonproliferation, and Trade. The hearing will examine the nature of global al-Qaeda today and answer thefollowing questions: What is the makeup of al-Qaeda? Is there a useful delineation between al-Qaeda's coreand its affiliates? If so, what is the relationship? Most importantly, what is the threat of al-Qaeda to theUnited States today? Livestream the hearing 
 on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
Defense
Navy Installations Command is cutting up to 5 percent of its workforce over approximately the next year tomake up for $600 million cut from its fiscal 2014 budget.
ICYMI: In their latest piece for Breaking Defense,"
," 
and
Charles Morrison
argue, "As policymakers consider sequestration's many effects, foremost in their minds should be the simple fact that 2013 cuts are exceedingwhat Pentagon leaders have laid out. Coming to grips with the twin baselines is a necessary step towardunderstanding sequestration. It is hard to see Congress acting to change or overturn the law unless theyreally understand its effects."On Friday, Eaglen will answer questions on a defense Twitter chat from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Send questionsto @PTDefense using #PTDefense, and see the answers on Friday.
 
Guantanamo Bay
 An American military spokesperson has reported that the number of Guantanamo Bay detainees on hunger strike has decreased since Wednesday. The number has been dropping gradually since last week, when participation in the hunger strike was at a high of 106 detainees.
Check out
 latest 
 column on the Guantanamo Bay hunger strike andforce-feeding procedures. For additional analysis on Gitmo's hunger strike, 
 ofMarc Thiessen's recent public event with Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS).
India
Earlier this summer, the Novartis case pitted advocates of intellectual property rights for global  pharmaceutical firms operating in India against those championing for more affordable drugs for patients inthe developing world. Meanwhile, the recent and high-profile Ranbaxy case with the FDA raises questionsabout the safety and quality of Indian generics even as some nongovernmental organizations championgenerics as the best way to ensure that patients in poor countries get access to lifesaving drugs at affordable prices.
AEI foreign and defense policy scholar 
 is participating in a public event,"
," at AEI on Wednesday. He will be moderatingthe morning panel on intellectual property law and its implications, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Panelists areRoger Bate (AEI), Diane Farrell (US-India Business Council), and Arvind Subramanian (Peterson Institutefor International Economics). The afternoon panel will discuss medical quality and access. RSVP 
.
 
Natural gas exports

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