Jim Slattery, a self-described farm boy from Atchison County, Kansas, deep in the American Heartland, served six terms in the US Congress. He exudes a calm demeanor and common-sense straight talk on the Iran issue oddly out of place with more strident rhetoric.
If you were tasked to end hunger and malnutrition in the world, you might first ask: Where do such vulnerable people live? It may be a surprise that the majority of the world's hungry and malnourished live in large Middle Income Countries (MICs), some of which are global economic powerhouses.
Only time will tell as we move into uncertain and dangerous times as authoritarian regimes seek to transform the very nature of regional and global politics.
Alliances of convenience are the staple of foreign policy as any reader of Machiavelli knows. Obama wants a deal over Iranian nuclear capabilities for it would be a major success of US foreign policy.
Let us encourage Iran not to follow the bad example set by the nuclear powers. And let us ask the nuclear-armed nations, now telling Iran that it should forgo the possession of nuclear weapons, when they are going to start practicing what they preach.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. As we cut down much of the Amazon forest , much of the rest is starting to die off,...
World leaders are close to an historic agreement that would roll back and contain Iran's nuclear program. In order for the deal to succeed, however, it must deliver on three core issues.
Sucker punched by massive, illegally subsidized imports, American steel producers laid off thousands of workers in bedrock communities from Ohio and Illinois to Texas and Alabama. That's in just the past three months.
Beijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its carbon emissions.
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Although the United Nations did create the Financial Action Task Force to combat these problems, many times the task force is prevented from achieving its objectives by governments that refuse to cooperate. And why would governments refuse to cooperate? I think you know why.
There are many things that run through my mind when I start thinking about my recent trip in Xinjiang, China's far west region, which shares borders with Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and to the south to Tibet.
Chinese foreign policy displayed imagination, strategic vision and the political coherence to vastly enhance its regional dominance and global influence. While U.S. foreign policy displayed it has little to offer besides its vast military power.
BEIJING -- I can testify from my own experience in Singapore that the country has evolved into a more compassionate society. In the early 1990s, the talk was all narrowly selfish behavior and being afraid to "lose" in a highly competitive society. Two decades later, Singaporeans take pride in behaving well to others, including disadvantaged members of society, even when nobody is watching.
The new talking point for the Republican Party -- actually, it's an old talking point in expensive new clothing -- is "America is in retreat."
Millinocket, Maine, with over a century of history, has chosen to find opportunity in change. Recognizing its greatest resource, its people, coupled with outstanding schools built during the height of the boom, it is becoming a surprising destination for international students.