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Diplomacy

How Boehner Bungled His Bibi Bid

Joe Cirincione | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Speaker Boehner is now using the policy debate on Iran as a crass political attack on the constitutional authority of the president of the United States. In the process, he does great damage to our national institutions, our efforts to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and the U.S.-Israeli alliance.

Remembering a Frontline Civilian's Legacy: Alex Petersen

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 01.23.2015 | DC
Joshua W. Walker

One year ago this week terrorists entered a popular Kabul restaurant and carried out a brazen attack that took the life of a dear friend to many here in Washington, D.C.

You Can Say NO: 8 Ways to Refuse Gracefully

Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D. | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D.

It is great to be open to life, experiences, people and things. And it is wonderful to throw open your arms and say YES. Sometimes, that is. There is ...

Unsung Heroine: Dr. Gloria Herndon

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

After more than forty-five years as a public servant and entrepreneur, Dr. Gloria Herndon has lived a notable life worthy of appreciation. Dr. Herndon was born to a father whose own parents were a sharecropper and a midwife.

Ten Days in the Life of Ilham Aliyev, President of Absurdistan

Till Bruckner | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Half a world away, the State Department said that it was "concerned", and called on Azerbaijan to conduct a "transparent" investigation in line with Baku's "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Human rights activists were not impressed.

The New Silk Road: A True "Win-Win" or a Perilous Future?

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Akshan deAlwis

China has now stepped in and finalized a new gargantuan effort to modernize the transportation system of Thailand. One line will stretch from the border of the Nong Khai province to the Rayong province, and the other will connect the center of Thailand with Bangkok.

Agents of Hope

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

We live in an age in which the attack on language is endemic; an age in which techniques like the filibuster have been used to effect mass dysfunction in governance and prevent people from talking to one another.

A Call for Compromise in U.S.-Russian Relations

Hazel Guardado | Posted 12.23.2014 | College
Hazel Guardado

An alliance between both countries is both unnecessary and unlikely, but the U.S. should take the lead and work towards compromise, rather than towards unilateral resolutions, if both countries are to peacefully coexist.

Is It Always Right to Be Right? North Korea, Cuba, the Middle East, Africa and Our Global Diversity Dilemma

BJ Gallagher | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

There once was a world where people were always right. They knew they were right, and they were proud of it. It was a world where people stated with confidence, "I am right and you are wrong."

Diplomacy, Timing and Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian resolution to set a two-year time limit means that no specific decision is required at the current time of Israel. However, if such a resolution passes in the Security Council, this will leave its mark on the Israeli elections.

Tom Clancy, 'Full Force and Effect': A Talk With Mark Greaney

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Mark Greaney, co-author with the late Tom Clancy, of three previous Jack Ryan novels, now has written Full Force and Effect, a novel demonstrating prescience about world events.

Voices for Diplomacy With Iran Flood Capitol Hill

Maiya Zwerling | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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 01.26.2015 | 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 01.19.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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A Reflection on Veterans Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.04.2015 | 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 01.03.2015 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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.