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Diplomacy

North Korea, Iran, and a Congress That Says No

John Feffer | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

The challenge for the Obama administration is not only to secure an agreement with Iran but to avoid the fate of the Agreed Framework. That 1994 accord failed to prepare for a breakthrough in bilateral relations or prevent North Korea from acquiring a nuclear weapon. It has cast a long shadow over the current negotiations as well as other non-proliferation efforts.

UN Security Council: Right Venue for Iran Deal, Right Venue for Israel-Palestine

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The belief that the US will effectively pressure the Israeli government to negotiate in good faith is now dead; with it should die the idea that the US must be in charge.

Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Nick Jefferson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Nick Jefferson

The currency of leadership is the future. The future is what leaders deal in, and, ultimately, it's where they will be judged. The leaders we admire most are pioneers.

Christopher Hill: A Diplomat at Work

Philip Seib | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Philip Seib

Some memoirs concentrate on self-promotion and score-settling, but Hill avoids the former and mostly eschews the latter. He focuses instead on the on-the-ground work of the diplomat, which may entail dangerous forays far beyond embassy walls. What comes through with exceptional clarity in this book is Hill's concept of service.

For Peace, We Must Defeat Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If we want to win on Israel-Palestine, we have to win on Iran diplomacy. This is as much a must-win for people who are focused on justice for Palestinians as it is for people who are focused on Iran diplomacy.

Connecting the Dots in Digital Politics

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 03.02.2015 | Technology
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

In the coming months, we can expect more curves, as we watch the lines connecting problems and solutions for net neutrality.

Every Student Needs to Have a Meaningful Cross-Cultural Exchange During Their Education

Chris Plutte | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Chris Plutte

Across every continent, thousands of youth are going online and connecting with each other, and not simply to share the latest viral video or to tweet the latest craze. Thousands of our young people are harnessing technology to take their cross-cultural education into their own hands.

Peer to Peer Diplomacy: Open Sourcing Peace

Jacob Devaney | Posted 02.20.2015 | World
Jacob Devaney

Across the globe it is becoming clear that nations are failing at creating peaceful solutions to international challenges. More bombing does not creat...

Profiles in Courage: 38 Dems Publicly Break With Netanyahu's War Polemic

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A recent CNN poll found that four out of five Democratic voters oppose the Israeli Prime Minister's planned March 3 tirade to Congress against diplomacy. Thursday morning, twenty-three House Democrats did something about it.

Obama Surprise Visit to the Knesset

Gerald Sindell | Posted 03.30.2015 | Comedy
Gerald Sindell

Although he didn't have a formal invitation to address the Israeli Parliament, when the motorcade whipped through Jerusalem and pulled up at the Knesset, President Obama was greeted by a huge crowd of both citizens and legislators from the full spectrum of parties, and the President was whisked inside.

How Boehner Bungled His Bibi Bid

Joe Cirincione | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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...