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NATO Heralds New Post-Cold War Relations with Russia

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 1:19 PM

Yesterday, the new NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged a new relationship with Russia. He admitted that differences remained between NATO and Russia but, as in any real partnership "we should also take into account that Russia has legitimate security concerns."

I am delighted to hear this: these are...

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Encouraging True Democracy in Palestine Brings Security to Israel

(13) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 11:32 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu's recent policy speech sets out two "small" conditions for Israeli recognition of a Palestinian state: "If we receive this guarantee regarding the demilitarization" of Palestine," and "if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement...

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Obama -- The Return of American Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 4:10 PM

In the last decades, American leadership has failed to understand the new world of interconnected threats and challenges. With the upcoming presidential election, Americans have a unique opportunity to choose a president who can restore America's dignity and moral authority both at home and abroad. The question Americans must answer...

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First Foreigner in Lhasa since March 14

(27) Comments | Posted May 27, 2008 | 10:19 PM

I have been in Lhasa for three days, arriving under special permission from the TAR Party government as the first foreigner to be allowed into the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) since the March 14 riots shook the city and drew the attention of the world. While the situation in Lhasa...

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Heads of State Must Be Aware of the Facts on Tibet and China

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2008 | 2:43 PM

The protests marking the 49th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's flight from Tibet have placed the eyes of the world back onto Tibet and back onto the question of Tibet's long-term relationship with China. These protests regrettably have brought with them the loss of life, emotionally charged exchanges...

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(Mis)judgement: Spielberg And The Beijing Olympics

(5) Comments | Posted February 28, 2008 | 3:21 PM

On Feb. 12, film director Steven Spielberg publicly announced his withdrawal as artistic director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic games on the grounds of a clash of "conscience."

This clash, Spielberg said, was due to China's unwillingness to intervene in the conflict in Darfur,...

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Ask Not what the World can do for America...

(17) Comments | Posted February 5, 2008 | 6:41 PM

The build-up to Super Tuesday has provided a forum both for criticism of the Bush administration and for discussion of the domestic challenges the next president will face. However, analysis of the US's wider global responsibilities and opportunities has been somewhat neglected. Certainly the war in Iraq and the ill-defined...

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What Are the Consequences of Not Doing Doha?

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2008 | 7:26 PM

[Since 2001, the Doha Round trade negotiations initiated by the World Trade Organization and its member nations have been working towards the development of a global trade agreement that would liberalize global markets, primarily in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing and services, in order to reduce poverty and promote economic...

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It is Not For Israel To Do the World's Dirty Work

(10) Comments | Posted December 13, 2007 | 11:07 AM

We sometimes keep quiet about Israel. It can be an uncomfortable topic. People who can happily debate and disagree on a wide range of issues will often come to Israel and then stop. It is too contentious. Too liable to raise tempers. However, we no longer have the option to...

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Are We Googling While Rome Burns?

(5) Comments | Posted December 4, 2006 | 1:43 PM

On November 29th 1929, Byrd flew for the first time over the South Pole.

The headlines then were full of wonder. The frontier of human achievement opened to an applauding world.

But today, over 75 years after Byrd first surveyed it from the sky, the South Pole shrinks and...

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Dispatch from the First Global Creative Leadership Summit, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2006 | 2:02 PM

The question the summit posed was "what kind of mind will we need to deal with the challenges of the 21st century?". So many thoughts and suggestions were shared over the last three days, but let me attempt to summarize. This mind will be sophisticated. It will need to balance...

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Dispatch from the First Global Creative Leadership Summit

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2006 | 4:22 PM

Monday launched the first Global Creative Leadership Summit in NYC. With just 100 delegates ranging from Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson to Theodore Zeldin, President of the Oxford Muse, the Summit - streaming live at www.creativeleadershipsummit.org - is assembling a dozen scientists, four Nobel Laureates, seven artists and architects,...

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