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Diplomacy

A Fulbright Is Not a Political Football

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Tara Sonenshine

America has to do it work to strengthen ties with other nations and promote international cooperation. Fulbright is one small way to maintain the world's largest multilateral investment in public diplomacy. The Fulbright program must stay fully funded.

Record Number of Women Makes History at UN Security Council

A View from the United Nations | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
A View from the United Nations

Women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council's 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women's empowerment.

Is ISIS Not as Powerful as You Think?

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 09.10.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

I'm not trying to argue that we shouldn't be fearful of ISIS, but I do think it's important to gauge exactly how much fear is appropriate before we start deciding what to do about it.

Diplomacy Is Only the Beginning: Nations in Conflict Need a Viable Economy to Truly Rebuild

Thomas J. Miller | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Thomas J. Miller

People need to trust and feel confident about where they live. Conflicts overshadow the conditions necessary for creating opportunities in which people can support themselves.

Sports Diplomacy With Iran: Breaking Barriers, Bridging Differences

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Bahman Baktiari

Although sports exchanges by themselves cannot resolve all of our problems with Iran, with sports diplomacy we can lay the foundation for a lasting relationship between Iran and the United States.

Senate Needs to Ratify Nuke Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

The United States simply cannot return to the Cold War days of nuclear tests. We have not carried out any tests since 1992. We need to keep it that way. The alternative is downright scary.

Gaza Returns to the Status Quo Ante, As If Nothing Happened

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

What have Israel and Gaza's populations achieved after over a month of death, injury, fear, and utter chaos?

You Can't Be Successful Globally Without This...

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Cari E. Guittard

Contextual intelligence is essential to a successful global career. It requires one accepting that they know less than they think they do and leading every new global and cross-cultural experience with humility and an openness to learning.

America's Alliance With Australia Is a Boon for Asia

John Kerry | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
John Kerry

Since the dawn of the 20th century, Australia and the US have stood together with a shared vision for a free, peaceful and prosperous world. Today we reaffirm our confidence that the relationship will continue to be a force for good in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, and the world.

What Message Must John Kerry Bring to Myanmar Leaders?

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Nehginpao Kipgen

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw on August 9 for a three-day visit. The U.S. government should use its economic and political or even its military leverage for a smooth democratic transition and for the consolidation of democracy in Myanmar

Your Safety Is a Barrier to Trade

James Thornton | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
James Thornton

Europe and the U.S. already have some of the most advanced legal systems in the world, why can't chemical safety fall under their jurisdiction?

Gaza Ceasefire Collapses; What Should We Do Now?

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

We have more time to organize. Everyone in the world who wants to end the blockade of Gaza should have a plan in place to put ending the blockade at the top of the international agenda so that when the ceasefire starts, we don't have to brainstorm from scratch what our response should be.

Gaza Memo to Congress: Talk to Hamas

Michael Shank | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

This week, former United States Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) reached out to me regarding a Dear Colleague letter that he wanted to circulate to ...

Israel-Gaza Conflict: Here We Are Again

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Jesica L. Santos

Beyond any legal analysis and moral speeches, the reality is that what is taking place right now is a massacre.

Killing Shadows

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

In the relief of the shade, or rather, in our mixed shadows, we are one. Nature has deemed it so. Be it in Gaza... be it in Israel... be it Sunni or Shiite, these are like a boy throwing rocks at his own shadow; a boy throwing rocks at himself.

Why the Iran Negotiations Matter in Columbus

Charleta B. Tavares | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Charleta B. Tavares

Hardliners in the United States may claim that the extension buys Iran time. That is simply not the case.

New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up.

If Iran Negotiations Need to Continue, Let Them

Ryan Costello | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

It appears that the key hurdle to a diplomatic breakthrough is a surmountable one: defining the size and scale of Iran's enrichment program throughout the course of an agreement.

Have the Neocons Learned Their Lesson?

Colin Wolfgang | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Colin Wolfgang

Recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan are just two examples of a broader failure in foreign policy: the popular neoconservative notion that America must project its hegemony on the rest of the world in an effort to promote American interests, even if those values must be projected by military force.

Senators Graham And Menendez's Iranian Black Comedy

Matthew Hoh | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The repetition of Washington's call to arms manifests as a form of black comedy: it is funny until you realize its horror.

A Cold War Lesson for Iran

Nicholas Burns | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Nicholas Burns

Diplomacy in war and peace negotiations requires strategy and patience, not an illusory quick fix. Diplomacy is messy, often involving difficult compromises with unseemly governments. But it is also how the vast majority of international crises are actually resolved -- through negotiation rather than through the barrel of a gun. Those are worthy lessons to remember after the Iraq and Afghan wars.

RIMPAC 2014 and the Future of Sino-U.S. Military-to-Military Relations

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

In June 2014, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will for the first time join the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) -- the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise.

What the History of the World Wars Can Tell Us About the Deeper Struggles at Work in Iraq

David Woolner | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
David Woolner

The tragic events unfolding in Iraq today are not all that dissimilar to what took place in the 1930s and '40s. Once again, we face an extremist ideology that is bent on conquest and has little respect for human life.

Iran Nuclear Gridlock Is Political, Not Technical

Ryan Costello | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

The Iran nuclear talks present a rare opportunity for a major American diplomatic victory. If negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran bridge the remaining political gaps, they will resolve a major national security threat -- a potential Iranian nuclear weapon -- without a shot being fired.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.