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How the Cancun Conference Can Succeed With -- or Without -- China

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Yesterday some 15,000 delegates, business leaders, activists and journalists gathered in Cancun to kick off the UN Framework Convention on Climate Cha...

How to Read WikiLeaks

Richard N. Haass | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard N. Haass

The latest leak of some 250,000 documents by WikiLeaks does not appear to constitute a national security crisis, although it will cause more than a little near-term awkwardness for the United States and its partners.

Greenspan: I'm In Favor Of Raising Taxes 'For The First Time In My Memory'

Yahoo! News | Edward Krudy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Reversing a long-standing aversion to tax increases, Greenspan warned of "very grave problems ahead" if the budget deficit, swollen to around $1 trill...

Alec Ross' Odd Tweet About 21st Century Statecraft

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Andrew Rosen

We continue to hear about the country's positive scientific developments, including the winner of the most recent Apps for Africa contest. But we should also be hearing as much as about the setbacks.

Obama's Pick For Summers' Replacement Will Signal His Direction

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

The good news could be that Summers and his approach will soon be gone. The bad news is that he will probably be replaced by someone worse.

Ignoring YouTube: Imam Feisal's Flawed Approach to 21st Century "Media"

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrew Rosen

Interestingly, the Imam and YouTube Diplomacy have something in common: they have both been valuable inroads for the Obama Administration's engagement with the Muslim World.

The Road to Cordoba

Scott Malcomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Malcomson

At the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday morning, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf tried to turn crisis into opportunity, specifically an opportunity to broadcast the message of Islamic moderation.

Hillary Rebuts the Declinists

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Among foreign policy mandarins here and abroad, it's become axiomatic that America must radically downsize its global ambitions to avoid hubris and to match our straitened economic circumstances. Hillary Clinton is having none of it.

Dangerous Illusions

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

After a century in which tragedy has been heaped upon tragedy across the Middle East, it is distressing to see how many dangerous illusions still shape the behavior of so many of the region's principal players.

The Kids Who Could Save Social Security

Eric Schurenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Schurenberg

Social Security needs some fiscal help. One way to look at it: It's a retirement savings plan in which you deposit not money, but children who grow up to pay Social Security taxes. Problem is, the baby boomers didn't deposit enough kids into the system.

Brookings Loses Bid on Orszag but Takes Kagan From Carnegie

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Word has just reached us that Robert Kagan -- one of the top tier serious intellectuals among neoconservatives, and currently Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace -- is moving his franchise over to Brookings.

Defending Michael Steele From War-Hungry RNC Members & Pentagon-Hugging Dems

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

This knee-jerk criticism of Michael Steele is wrong-headed by the Dems -- and all too predictable from neoconservatives like Bill Kristol. The recklessness is Kristol's -- and the hubris the DNC's.

UN Hits Iran With New Sanctions

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The U.S. and its allies scored a long-sought victory Wednesday by pushing through new U.N. sanctions over Iran's nuclear progra...

Job Opening: CFO Of Al-Qaida

The Big Money | Martha C. White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Got a thirst for adventure, an unquenchable religious fervor, and a willingness to trade in the corner office for a cave? Then al-Qaida has the job fo...

Don't Let Iran Hijack the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Daniel Michaeli and Joel Backaler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Michaeli and Joel Backaler

For the Strategic and Economic Dialogue of 2010 to be successful, the United States cannot allow discussion to be hijacked entirely by headline topics.

We Should Be Grateful That Obama Is "Dithering"

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

We, as a country, would be a lot (and I mean a lot) better off right now if Cheney and his boss had done some dithering before invading Iraq.

NBC's Brian Williams: Changing the World for the Better

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Several weeks ago Brian Williams profiled the children of the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO) and its founder Andeisha Farid in ...

Who's the CML Champ, Cheney or Gonzales?

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Nobody listens to Alberto Gonzales in large part because, putting it charitably, he was not merely an unprincipled attorney general but an uninspired one. Of course, we also tune him out because we can't be sure he's telling the truth.

They're All Against Jobs

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Everyone is crying for jobs, but no one seems to understand why there aren't any. And the reason for those opposing jobs is money.

Drug Wars: Brazil's Amazon The New Rio Grande

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

The last thing president Lula and Brazilian democracy need is the United States on its northern border using the drug war to interfere in internal politics like it has done in the past with Mexico.

Cuba at a Crossroads

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Bruno Sanz

TO THE HONORABLE BARACK OBAMA, 44TH PRESIDENT OF...

Summit Postscript: What Did Trinidad and Tobago Get?

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arlene M. Roberts

As the government of Trinidad and Tobago and Summit organizers keep score and compile their report card, let's be sure that the correct indices are used when measuring success.

This Week in Magazines: A Remarkably Resilient Progressive Turns 100, Eliot Spitzer Gropes to Turn a Corner

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Newsweek has the most vivid rollout so far of Spitzer's obvious image rehab -- he goes jogging around Central Park with a reporter as his shame and ego continue their internal battle.

Change the Tone Towards Iraq

Lydia Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lydia Khalil

Obama's chiding Iraqi leaders "to take responsibility for their country and for their sovereignty" was uncharacteristically tone-deaf. He ignored the trajectory of Iraqi politics for the past 2 years.

World Government

Scott Malcomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Malcomson

The FT columnist Gideon Rachman wrote a column a couple of months ago about the need for world government, and he got more and different readers than ...