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Diplomacy

Voices for Diplomacy With Iran Flood Capitol Hill

Maiya Zwerling | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Maiya Zwerling

On the eve of the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, 430 citizen advocates descended on Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to support the ongoing negotiations.

Learning to Turn the Wheels of Democracy

Stephen H. Dinan | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Stephen H. Dinan

Even though I consider myself an engaged citizen and active participant in politics, I had never been to visit one of our elected officials' Washington, DC offices. That's partially because something felt intimidating about it.

Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens

Zealot at South Coast Repertory

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

Photo by Deborah Robinson/SCR Theresa Rebeck's dramatic essay on the many layers of conflict in the Middle East - political, religious, cultural and...

Practice Makes...

Marcia Liss | Posted 11.12.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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A Reflection on Veterans Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Originally known as "Armistice Day," November 11 was chosen to annually memorialize the cessation of hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany ending World War I, which was then regarded as "the war to end all wars."

How to Get Someone to Change His Mind: A Film Review of Diplomacy

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

As a psychiatrist, I loved the movie. I saw enacted how to change the mind of someone resolute in his decision. Life or death can hang in the balance, as it did in the film and as it does, for example, in mental health care and countless other instances when someone has exited from reason and responsibility.

How Would the Buddha Handle North Korea? Mindfulness in Diplomacy

Seok-Hyun Hong | Posted 10.24.2014 | World
Seok-Hyun Hong

Many assume that diplomacy is a ruthless game of hegemony in which one just gives lip service to harmony as a strategy for justifying one's actions. But what if harmony was actually the goal of diplomacy?

In Vienna, U.S. and Iran Working to Beat the Clock

Reza Marashi | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Reza Marashi

The reality facing both sides will not change: There are spoilers in the U.S. and Iran who will try to torpedo a deal, no matter the details. Precisely because it is impossible to satisfy ideologues, they only way to defeat them is to have a deal in hand that both sides believe is a win-win outcome.

In the Digital Diplomacy Battle, the Upstarts Will Start to Win Out

Jimmy Leach | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Jimmy Leach

The time is right for new countries to step into that world and punch way above their weight, gaining influence above and beyond their more risk averse counterparts.

Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington Out of Eurasia?

Pepe Escobar | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Pepe Escobar

No matter how often Washington remixes its Global War on Terror, however, the tectonic plates of Eurasian geopolitics continue to shift, and they're not going to stop just because American elites refuse to accept that their historically brief "unipolar moment" is on the wane.

A Fulbright Is Not a Political Football

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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.