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ADST | Posted 09.24.2015 | World

Diplomats by training, if not by disposition, are calm, level-headed types. They may be called on to deliver a harsh message about your human rights situation or those tanks amassing on the border but will do so in a polished, genteel manner.

A Letter to Pope Francis from a "Miami Cuban"

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

I only have three questions to pass on to you, which I often hear from my Cuban-American counterparts when it comes to the Church and Cuba, which most of us ask ourselves, but remain totally unanswered.

After Obama: Clinton Vs. Sanders

John Feffer | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

Will Clinton's more muscular alternative be the future of U.S. foreign policy if the Democrats hold on to the Oval Office in 2016? Or would Bernie Sanders, if he grabs the Democratic nomination and triumphs in the general election, guide the United States in a different direction?

The Unheralded Force That Helped Win the Iran Deal and Reshape US Foreign Policy

Ben Wikler | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Ben Wikler

The Iran deal's political survival means many things at once. It signals the decline of AIPAC and the Likud lobby. But it also means something more, something largely missed in the many write-ups of how the victory was forged.

A Note to Fellow Millennials During Political Season

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Elnaz Moghangard

As a young individual observing all of this and thinking of the future of our society, I worry that the many voices of reason -- the many voices encouraging unity, diplomacy and peace -- struggle to be heard in all the hysteria. Controversy, after all, sells. I get it.

Establishing Relations with the Holy See

ADST | Posted 09.14.2015 | World

The Catholic Church has been a political force in Europe for more than a millennium, and more than a fifth of all Americans were raised or are practicing Catholics. Bilateral ties with the Papal States, established in 1848, lapsed in 1867, due to increasing anti-Catholic sentiment in the U.S.

Forging a Better Deal With Iran Is a Pipe Dream

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Iran is a country of many contradictions. On the one hand, Iran is a theocratic regime that persecutes homosexuals and Christian evangelists, imprisons journalists, and supports bad actors in the region.

The Berlin Crisis of 1961

ADST | Posted 09.07.2015 | World

This account was compiled from an interview done by ADST in 1995 with Kempton B. Jenkins, who was posted to Embassy Moscow during this tense time and recounts Ambassador to the Soviet Union Llewellyn E. Thompson's (aka "Tommy") meetings with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrey Gromyko.

Tavis Smiley: Reza Aslan on What Iran Deal Will Mean for Obama's Legacy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Before the agreement officially gained the support it needed to survive on Capitol Hill, Aslan was one of more than seventy Middle East and foreign affairs scholars who sent a letter to Congress urging members to back the deal.

#UN70: My Stroll with Bridget Sisk, Chief, UN Archives and Records Management Section

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 09.03.2015 | Black Voices
Ebenezar Wikina

When the UN General Assembly starts in September, global leaders will sit together to agree on a new development agenda for the world and commemorate 7 decades of the United Nations' existence as an organization. My guest today is Bridget Sisk, Chief, UN Archives and Records Management Section.

Supporting Iran Deal Worldwide

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Negar Mortazavi

Hundreds of volunteers joined us from 100 cities across the world, each one organizing an event as part of the "Global Day of Peace for Iran." This short video is a collection of all the cities who gathered on this day.

How to Survive an Election Year Without Losing Social Media Friends

Aimee L. Baror | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Aimee L. Baror

With social media being a part of most everyone's day, the attack memes and Repubs vs. Demos and vice versa has started en force. I've already had three or four friends threaten to un-friend or un-follow anyone who posts hate-filled political stuff.

Now That Diplomats Can Freely Travel in Cuba, It's Time to Free the American People Too

James Williams | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
James Williams

If we're serious about strengthening civil society and helping Cuba's budding private small business sector continue to grow, it's time for the White House to stop forcing "people-to-people" travel to be hindered by third-party brokers.

What You Should Know About Really Polite People

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Got any friends who seem a little too polite? You might want to watch out for them. According to a small new study surfaced by Science of Us, su...

The Case for Diplomacy

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We continue to live in a tough, violent world. Certainly, there will be occasions when we have to strike these individuals before they strike us. But I continue to believe strongly that diplomacy must always be given a chance. And even if it fails, it is a prerequisite to gaining the support of others and the effective use of force.

Clearing Up Some Misconceptions About Xi Jinping's "China Dream"

Ryan Mitchell | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Ryan Mitchell

In short, the idea of a "China Dream" was old, celebrated, and packed with meaning well before the English language even existed. It should probably not be considered as a mere calque, or word-for-word translation on loan from a country founded millennia after its first usage

Lack of Relations Was the Greatest Poverty: Modi's Promising Visit to the UAE

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Sarah Elzeini

If the United Arab Emirates can maintain strong cooperation with Pakistan, if India can cooperate on counterterrorism efforts with Pakistan despite Kashmir-related tensions, and if countries from the United States to the Arab World can mend relations.

Sticks and Stones

Marcia Liss | Posted 08.19.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Iran Deal Foes Reach New Low, Claim Iran Will Nuke U.S., Kill Millions

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Here we have a claim that Iran will not only make and use nuclear weapons, but will use them against the United States. I'm just going to let the extremeness of that claim sink in.

We Are Your Constituents; the Lobbyists Are Not

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.17.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

If you've turned on your television lately, you've likely seen an ad or two blasting the historic Iran nuclear deal. The reality is, millions are being spent in a lobbying effort to destroy an agreement that has been reached after extensive negotiating and diplomacy between world powers and Iran.

When the U.S. Severed Diplomatic Ties With Cuba

ADST | Posted 08.14.2015 | World

The United States and Cuba officially severed diplomatic relations on January 3, 1961, the culmination of months of increasingly hostile bilateral relations.

Pope Francis and the Republican Presidential Hopefuls: A Widening Divide

Stephen Seufert | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

With Pope Francis increasingly focused on economic inequality, protecting the environment, compassion towards immigrants and peace through diplomacy, it's perhaps appropriate to ask: have Republican presidential candidates taken steps to follow his example on these four issues?

After Suez and Panama, Time to Build the Kra Canal!

David Gosset | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
David Gosset

Impacting the geopolitical dynamics of Southeast Asia, an artificial channel connecting the Indian Ocean and the Far East would not have to be detrimental to the core interests of Singapore whose location by the Strait of Malacca has been an element of her success.

Black Ops for Peace

John Feffer | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
John Feffer

When we're emerging from a dark winter of government secrecy, we're all instinctively sun worshippers. But when it comes to concluding peace treaties or dealing with the global power imbalance, sometimes we have to go where the sun don't shine.

Cuba + US (Should) = Proper Diplomacy

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

Diplomacy is not meant to create chaos or disrespect. Quite to the contrary, it was created, and has been practiced for centuries, in order build proverbial bridges, to prevent hostilities and bring about order in as peaceful a manner as possible. So please, more respect to both countries.