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Don Kraus
Don Kraus is the President and CEO of and its political arm, the Global Solutions Action Network. is a groundbreaking online movement for the 80% of Americans who want the United States to take a responsible and cooperative role in the world. Previously, he served as the organization's Executive Vice-President where he directed its Government Relations Department and Political Action Committee. Prior to that he served as the Executive Director of the Campaign for United Nations Reform and its affiliated political action committee, CUNR PAC. An expert in building U.S. political support for the U.N. and other international institutions, Don brings his considerable enthusiasm and drive to advocating for responsible global policies.

Don has co-chaired three NGO working groups: the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping (PEP), the Taskforce on CEDAW (the Women's Treaty) and the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court (WICC). He also plays a lead role in the Law of the Sea Working Group, a broad group of organizations and trade associations focused on U.S. ratification of the convention.

Don compiles the Global Solution Report Card, an annual assessment of congressional voting records. He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. He has been interviewed on CNN, BBC, NPR, and many other radio and TV shows.

Don is also a past president emeritus of the Center for UN Reform Education, a UN reform think tank. He currently serves on the advisory board of the United Nations Association, National Capitol Area.

Entries by Don Kraus

A Radical Win-Win Solution for Syria

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 1:19 PM

The perspectives of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S President Barack Obama on Syria are so different, you have to wonder if they are living on the same planet.

Both leaders call for a diplomatic solution, with Putin supporting Assad and Obama calling for a managed transition away from Assad....

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Paris Carbonomics

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 1:19 PM

In December of this year 196 nations will meet in Paris to close a global deal to address climate change. With less than three months, and 5 official negotiating days left before the Paris UN conference, diplomats are working out the key remaining disagreements.

The major concerns revolve around money:...

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A Call for Just Security

(4) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 5:33 PM

We are in danger of losing the most pressing global security and justice challenges of our times. That's what motivates a prestigious blue ribbon panel, co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright and Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the former Foreign Minister of Nigeria and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

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Pirates, the Printing Press and Global Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:44 PM

This post is co-authored by Logan Cotton, a Research Associate at

2014-07-10-DigitalDemocracy.jpgCell phones have facilitated access to health care for millions of people living in sub-Saharan Africa. Mobile applications are enhancing government accountability with respect to sexual violence.

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Stop the War on International Law

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:39 PM

"The children were all asleep in bed and I was just going off to sleep...when I heard people outside saying chemical bombs were being dropped around us," said Samer, a Syrian refugee. His children survived the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus in 2013.

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A Taxing Solution to the Greatest Challenge of Our Time

(5) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:10 PM

This post is co-authored by Mona Funiciello, an independent consultant who specializes in climate change policy and strategy

Ben Franklin said it best -- nothing is certain, "except death and taxes."

Like most Americans, we submit our 1040s to maintain the health of our nation. However, we'd personally...

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Sochi's Last Winter Olympics

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 8:40 AM

Co-authored by Mona Funiciello, an independent consultant who specializes in climate change policy and strategy

Are we witnessing the last Winter Olympics held in Sochi? The Russian games are already relying primarily on manmade snow. SMI Snowmakers, a Michigan-based company, has spent the last four years designing and...

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U.S. Signs Arms Trade Treaty

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry has now added the United States' signature to the Arms Trade Treaty. This treaty is a great step forward in dealing with the unregulated and illicit global trade in conventional weapons and ammunition, which fuels wars and...
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Giving a Big Story the Cold Shoulder

(9) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:47 PM

It's summer -- time for barbecues, family vacations, and July 4th fireworks.

Unfortunately, summer has also become a time for wildfires, drought, triple-digit heat waves, catastrophic storms, and other deadly reminders of the impact climate change has on our planet.

This May, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached 400...

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The Path We Should Follow After Syria Crosses the Red Line

(6) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 4:32 PM

Working closely with the United Nations could help Obama avoid the horrendous mistakes Bush and Clinton made.

President Barack Obama's recent announcement that he believes Syria has used a small amount of chemical weapons ignited a debate. Has the Assad regime crossed the "red line" the White House laid down?

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'Kill Them All': Rush's Rhetoric and Violence

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 1:14 PM

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Fox News guest commentator, Erik Rush, tweeted "Yes, they're evil. Let's kill them all," to his nearly 50,000 twitter followers. Rush was talking about Muslims, who he had immediately blamed for the bombing, and said we should kill all the Muslims.

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A Treaty Is Born

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 6:26 PM

What do Iran, Syria, North Korea and the NRA have in common? They are all on the losing side of trying to block the creation of a new Arms Trade Treaty. This landmark agreement has been in the making since 2006 and will be the first international treaty...

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Getting Small Arms Out of the Wrong Hands

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 1:58 PM

Did you know that international laws dictate the rules of the game when it comes to selling bananas and iPods, but not grenade launchers and AK-47s?

It's crazy but true. Fortunately, a solution is at hand. Negotiators at the United Nations will soon wrap up a global

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The Valentine's Day Gift With The Most Heart

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 9:00 AM

This year I came up with the best Valentine's Day gift ever for my wife and daughter. It's inexpensive and, unlike a bouquet of flowers, should last beyond their lifetimes. They'll love it! I can't think of a better way to express how much I love them.


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Sabotaging the Conversation About Guns

(68) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Does NRA stand for "No Rational Argument"? In response to the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the gun group's CEO called for an armed cop in every school and a national database to track the mentally ill. Wayne LaPierre's widely broadcast proposal prompted the New York Daily News...

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Our National Failure to Commit

(4) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 2:54 PM

America is suffering from a failure to commit. Just ask Bob Dole.

While the former GOP presidential candidate and decorated veteran watched from his wheelchair on the Senate floor, all but eight of the Republicans in that chamber shamefully voted down the United Nations Convention on the Rights...

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A Global Fair Deal for the Disabled

(9) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 9:04 AM

The Senate is on the verge of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This would be amazing! The Senate has not been able to push through a multilateral treaty since the Chemical Weapons convention in 1997.

Senator John Kerry (D-MA), the chairman...

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Foreign Policy Wisdom for the Next Four Years

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 9:14 PM

"We believe that 'We're all in this together' is a far better philosophy than 'You're on your own'.'' That's how Bill Clinton summed up the philosophical difference between Democrats and Republicans when he nominated President Barack Obama to run and eventually win a second term. It's also the philosophy that...

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Sandy's Climate Conversation

(4) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 7:47 PM

Sandy did what Candy didn't: kick-start a full-blown conversation on climate change. was part of an effort to insert this critical topic into the presidential debates. But despite 160,000 petition signatures, press releases and winning Google moderator votes, Candy Crowley, Bob Schieffer and Jim...

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Dear Candy, You Blew It on Climate Change

(10) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Candy Crowley, I want to congratulate you on the great job you did moderating the town hall presidential debate. But disappointed doesn't begin to express how I feel about the question you didn't choose from the audience. You had a chance to get the candidates on record on how they...

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