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Diplomacy

Embassies in Havana and Washington: A Victory of Diplomacy and Democracy

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

On July 1st, the governments of the United States and Cuba announced an agreement to open diplomatic relations and embassies in Washington and Havana. This is a major watershed in the road to full normalization of relations between the two states and the two societies.

Autism Without Fear: When We Are Overhelmed

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Over the last 18 months, all's been quiet on the front of autism politics. But David M. Perry's poignant article in the New York Times had me questioning whether the lull was a good thing...or whether it was the continuation of a bad pattern.

A Gulf of Conviction

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

The world today is a supremely dangerous place for the United States and it's friends. And it's likely to get worse before it gets worse. But to end as I began: the United States has much to celebrate on the domestic front.

Five Myths About the Iran Deal

Reza Marashi | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Reza Marashi

As the final round of nuclear negotiations begins here in Vienna, opponents of a deal have become schizophrenic in their efforts to torpedo it. Unable to base their objections on science or the technical facts currently being drafted, they have instead resorted to a loose mélange of poorly constructed straw men. Here are five such myths.

Helping Transition in Myanmar, One Book at a Time

Mickey Bergman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Mickey Bergman

Most things can be found in Myanmar now (and cheaply) but books are still costly for most Myanmar people or just not accessible. Mindy Walker, who works with the Richardson Center for Global Engagement in Myanmar, tries to get colorful books into children's hands.

China's Top Diplomat to U.S.: Stop the 'Megaphone Diplomacy'

Tom Nagorski | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Tom Nagorski

The U.S. and several Southeast Asian nations have been harshly critical of China for expanding several coral reefs through dredging in the South China Sea, and building a runway on one of them, actions that the Americans fear may be used for military operations.

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

Milad Jokar | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Milad Jokar

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.

Something Stupid

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.16.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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The Next 10 Years in Global Democracy

Kofi Annan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Kofi Annan

I remain optimistic that one day we will see a world where leaders look beyond the next electoral cycle or the next shareholder meeting. Where we collectively realize that we do not live in a zero-sum world where someone's gain automatically comes at another's expense.

How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Bahman Baktiari

After thirty-six years of mutual satanization, it is easy to advance pessimistic arguments and to be doubtful about a future in which Iran and the United States will no longer be enemies. However, the nuclear negotiations and the prospect of a final nuclear accord demonstrate the fiction of the idea of permanent enemies destined to be in conflict with each other.

The Iran Deal Is a Terrible Blow... To War Profiteers (Theirs and Ours)

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
Jonathan Granoff

The deal is a good deal for people who want a peaceful world. It is not a good deal for those who profit from fear and war.

Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We are careful to trust not in words alone, but in actions that are fully transparent. The Framework Agreement, with its unprecedented provisions for verification, relies more on transparency than trust and offers the best path to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed state.

Cyberpolitics in 3 triangles: How to avoid a digital Bermuda Triangle

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Most data is stored by states and businesses. The question of data tracking and reporting by states and business is a current focus of digital policy discussions.

Japan's Global Re-Emergence: How Japan's Active Diplomacy Strengthens the Foundations of the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Success in tackling its own domestic and economic challenges will ultimately determine the longevity of Tokyo's global renaissance. Japan's global emergence should be welcomed and encouraged by its partners to weather the challenges in the 21st century.

Celebrating Compromise in Teheran

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.09.2015 | Good News
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Faced with the reality and complexity of human society, even the strictest ideologies and religions have to compromise. The streets of Teheran have witnessed an evolution from the parades of one religious truth a few decades ago, to yesterday's celebration of compromise.

The Number One Thing You May Not Know About Iran

Sina Nader | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Sina Nader

As an Iranian-American who was born and raised in America, yet with significant ties to the land where my parents, grandparents, and ancestors were born, my main intention is to provide a sense of perspective to anyone who may have an interest in the subject of Iran.

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Should we give this hope for peace a chance? I believe Christians should answer yes. Here's why.

Book Review: The Golden Hour

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.06.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

The Golden Hour by Todd Moss is a thriller about a coup d'état in Mali. Protagonist Judd Ryker is an academic who has been appointed to a new, specia...

How The Iran Nuclear Deal Came To Be

The New York Times | DAVID E. SANGER and MICHAEL R. GORDON | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics

It was just one of hundreds of arguments between American and Iranian officials as they tried to hash out what may prove to be one of the hardest-to-n...

Diplomats Gain Iran Breakthrough. Senator: "Neville Chamberlain got a better deal from Hitler."

Jon Rainwater | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Jon Rainwater

At a time where there seems to be new violence and conflict somewhere in the world each day, a final nuclear deal would be a bright spot. Polls bear this out, and show that the vast majority of Americans want a diplomatic agreement, not war.

Hope Springs: The Iran Breakthrough

Susan Shaer | Posted 06.03.2015 | World
Susan Shaer

The last year and a half of negotiations between Iran and six international powers has created a remarkable and historic shift. Not only have relations between the United States and Iran begun to thaw after 30 years of enmity, but it is increasingly looking like the international community will be able to solve the Iran nuclear crisis together.

Iran and Israel and US

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The interventionist 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston famously said that "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests."

The Marvelous Millie B.

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

Millie B., as some called her, was a diplomat's wife whose strong, heartfelt determination to aid others fueled her wartime endeavors. She organized relief agencies, toured battlefields, feuded with Edith Wharton, and more.

McCain Joins Bolton, Invites Israel to Bomb Iran

Jon Rainwater | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Jon Rainwater

Yep, the hawks' vision for Iran sure sounds ludicrous. But their vision of Americans being greeted as liberators by cheering Iraqis with sweets and flowers was equally ludicrous. A decade later we're still dealing with the tragic fall-out of chasing after that particular pipe-dream.

Menendez Downfall Could Be Diplomacy's Windfall

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Menendez's indictment would be unfortunate for his family, his career, and his reputation, but it could bode well for world peace. While Menendez is progressive on issues such as immigration reform and gay rights, he is a hawk on two key foreign policy issues: Iran and Cuba.