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Diplomacy

What You Should Know About Really Polite People

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Got any friends who seem a little too polite? You might want to watch out for them. According to a small new study surfaced by Science of Us, su...

The Case for Diplomacy

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We continue to live in a tough, violent world. Certainly, there will be occasions when we have to strike these individuals before they strike us. But I continue to believe strongly that diplomacy must always be given a chance. And even if it fails, it is a prerequisite to gaining the support of others and the effective use of force.

Clearing Up Some Misconceptions About Xi Jinping's "China Dream"

Ryan Mitchell | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Ryan Mitchell

In short, the idea of a "China Dream" was old, celebrated, and packed with meaning well before the English language even existed. It should probably not be considered as a mere calque, or word-for-word translation on loan from a country founded millennia after its first usage

Lack of Relations Was the Greatest Poverty: Modi's Promising Visit to the UAE

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Sarah Elzeini

If the United Arab Emirates can maintain strong cooperation with Pakistan, if India can cooperate on counterterrorism efforts with Pakistan despite Kashmir-related tensions, and if countries from the United States to the Arab World can mend relations.

Sticks and Stones

Marcia Liss | Posted 08.19.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Iran Deal Foes Reach New Low, Claim Iran Will Nuke U.S., Kill Millions

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Here we have a claim that Iran will not only make and use nuclear weapons, but will use them against the United States. I'm just going to let the extremeness of that claim sink in.

We Are Your Constituents; the Lobbyists Are Not

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.17.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

If you've turned on your television lately, you've likely seen an ad or two blasting the historic Iran nuclear deal. The reality is, millions are being spent in a lobbying effort to destroy an agreement that has been reached after extensive negotiating and diplomacy between world powers and Iran.

When the U.S. Severed Diplomatic Ties With Cuba

ADST | Posted 08.14.2015 | World
ADST

The United States and Cuba officially severed diplomatic relations on January 3, 1961, the culmination of months of increasingly hostile bilateral relations.

Pope Francis and the Republican Presidential Hopefuls: A Widening Divide

Stephen Seufert | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

With Pope Francis increasingly focused on economic inequality, protecting the environment, compassion towards immigrants and peace through diplomacy, it's perhaps appropriate to ask: have Republican presidential candidates taken steps to follow his example on these four issues?

After Suez and Panama, Time to Build the Kra Canal!

David Gosset | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
David Gosset

Impacting the geopolitical dynamics of Southeast Asia, an artificial channel connecting the Indian Ocean and the Far East would not have to be detrimental to the core interests of Singapore whose location by the Strait of Malacca has been an element of her success.

Black Ops for Peace

John Feffer | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
John Feffer

When we're emerging from a dark winter of government secrecy, we're all instinctively sun worshippers. But when it comes to concluding peace treaties or dealing with the global power imbalance, sometimes we have to go where the sun don't shine.

Cuba + US (Should) = Proper Diplomacy

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

Diplomacy is not meant to create chaos or disrespect. Quite to the contrary, it was created, and has been practiced for centuries, in order build proverbial bridges, to prevent hostilities and bring about order in as peaceful a manner as possible. So please, more respect to both countries.

Congress Should Help Strengthen Iran Deal, Not Reject It

Rep. Adam Schiff | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Rep. Adam Schiff

When it comes to predicting the future, we are all looking through the glass darkly, but it is only prudent to expect that if Congress rejects a deal agreed to by the administration and much of the world, the sanctions regime will -- if not collapse -- almost certainly erode.

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.