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Why Chris Van Hollen's Statement Could Be The Tipping Point For The Iran Deal

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Van Hollen also addressed his hawkish colleagues in Congress, many of whom decried the deal even before fully reading it, who have been quick to move the goalposts of the agreement to include everything Iran does that we find objectionable.

Iran Deal: It's Time for Some Serious Talk

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

There's a new kind of language being used around the Iran nuclear deal recently negotiated in Vienna. We can call it "Trump Talk," defined as a drumbeat of outrageous political speech that is historically inaccurate, intellectually dishonest and even deceptive, morally and spiritually offensive and willfully tone deaf.

The Saudis and Iranians Need to Talk: And We Need to Make It Happen

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Marc Gopin

In recent years I have worked deeply on quiet conflict management interventions from Afghanistan to Iran, but mostly in Syria. I have watched the unnecessary suffering of countless people, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Syrians, the greatest civilian displacement in Middle Eastern history, and I have watched it up close through the lives of my students and friends.

Israel Ambassadors Support Deal With Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

These ambassadors join the overwhelming majority of former diplomats and national security officials who have come out in favor of the deal to block all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. There is fierce opposition to the agreement, but most is from political figures and neoconservative groups, with few former senior officials backing them.

Strategic Investment And Engagement In Africa: Theory Or Practice?

Cindy Courville | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Cindy Courville

In the post-colonial era and post-9/11 era, will "the scramble for African resources" continue?

4 Ways to Respond to a Mouthy Child (That You Can Feel Good About)

Tamar Chansky | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

When parents under-react strategically, they shape a new behavior that summons their child's best self.

Connecting Globally, While Thriving in Minneapolis: People From Around the World Convene to Spark Global Impact

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Joshua W. Walker

Citizen diplomats, municipal leaders and business innovators from around the world just finished a monumental convening of Sister Cities International's 59th annual conference.

Reading The Ambassador: The Moral Costs of Power

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

The book quiets notions of easy acts of bravery in the face of overwhelming evil. It disrupts the good versus evil storyline that we, as viewers and readers, have come to expect and yearn for.

60 of America's Top National Security Leaders Endorse Iran Deal

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

On Monday, 60 of America's brightest national security and military leaders, from both parties, released a powerful statement supporting the historic nuclear accord reached between the world powers and Iran last week.

The Lessons Learned (And Not) From Vietnam and Iraq Shape the Fight Over the Iran Deal

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

What we must learn from his and Dubya's blunders is that the U.S. should never go to war unless we have absolutely no other choice, when any other course would put our country in real danger. As a country, we must learn to turn away from those who never learn that war must only be a last resort.

Why The Iran Deal Is A Good Option -- And A Christian One

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Those who oppose deals like this often proclaim a binary world of simple good and evil, which we don't have -- and believing so is a dangerous illusion.

A Great Moment for Diplomacy

Frank-Walter Steinmeier | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The Vienna agreement now offers Iran a unique opportunity to move towards the international community following decades of isolation and confrontation. It gives cause for hope that, beyond Vienna, Tehran's policy will no longer see only opponents but rather potential partners and win-win arrangements in the Middle East.

Historic Nuclear Deal Reached between P5+1 Countries and Iran

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I want to thank President Obama for his persistent leadership to reach this historic deal. I am grateful to Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Energy Moniz, and all of our diplomats and other personnel who have worked to make this agreement a reality.

Burying an Elder

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

The death of Prince Saud Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia was not unexpected. He had endured a debilitating illness for quite some time and, as a result, ha...

Bridging Generations for Peace, a Passage for the Future of Diplomacy

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.09.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Every year citizen diplomats, business influencers, municipal leaders and other luminaries from around the world converge at Sister Cities International's annual conference.

If Iran Doesn't Meet These 4 Demands, the U.S. Should Walk Away

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.07.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, and their delegates have held hours upon hours of meetings over the past two days with one objective in mind: striking a nuclear agreement before June 9 that everyone around the table can live with.

Remaining Brit at Gitmo Highlights the Contradictions of Independence Day

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

While Americans were celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks and beach vacations, some prominent Brits were noting a certain irony.

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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