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Start Peace in Syria With Ceasefire and Food

William Lambers | Posted 11.27.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

There is nothing to be gained from continued fighting in Syria. There won't be anything left in the country. For right now Syrians cannot even do the basics like growing food.

Fighting for Progressive Change: My Opening Remarks at the Dem Debate in Maryland's 8th Congressional District

Joel Rubin | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Here are my opening remarks to the voters of Maryland's 8th Congressional District at my first public debate since entering the race on October 5, 2015. The Democratic primary will be held on April 26, 2016 and will elect a successor to Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

Anonymous vs. ISIS: Netpolitik After the Paris Attacks

Charlie Firestone | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Charlie Firestone

'Realpolitik' and 'international liberalism' no longer sufficed as diplomatic models to resolve world problems. The Westphalian concept of sovereign nations dealing with each other as states has limited application to a world where networks are the dominant form of organization.

Mideast Diplomat Seeks Peace in Everyone, Despite Violence

Suzanne Skees | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Suzanne Skees

Almost every day someone will ask me why I bother "wasting" my life on a "hopeless" issue. "Those people [Israelis and Palestinians] have been fighting for thousands of years and they'll be fighting until the end of days," the exchange begins. The question always irks me.

Thanksgiving Diplomacy

Richard LeBaron | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Richard LeBaron

People-to-people diplomacy is a powerful and under-estimated asset. Despite recent focus on the supposed influence of social media, it is not even in the same league as direct interaction between individuals of different nationalities and cultures. The Thanksgiving ritual is a moving American message.

Let's Acknowledge That Russians Love Their Children Too

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

It would be a salutary exercise to prepare for the political struggle ahead to acknowledge the humanity of the Russians, who also have eyes, hands, senses, affections and passions, who also cry when their children don't come home safe from trips abroad.

The Failure Of Saudi Intervention In Yemen

Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

Military operations resulted in an economic recession and deepened local infighting. Saudi Arabia has also lost soldiers in battle and faces increased retaliatory attacks. To avoid further bloodshed, it would be wise for Saudi Arabia to consider using diplomacy rather than facing the Houthis head-on.

The Cat That Almost Created a Military Crisis

ADST | Posted 11.12.2015 | World

This is a story about a demanding ambassador's wife, who was "an ogre and an alcoholic," a demanding ambassador, and a cat in Vienna which in 1968 almost caused a military crisis.

Obama Defied GOP to Make Peace with Iran -- Now It's Time for Palestine

Alex Shams | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Alex Shams

By ending the $3 billion in yearly US aid to Israel and launching an open-ended dialogue regarding other possibilities for peace beyond the failed "peace process," Obama could make a lasting legacy in this tiny corner of the world where too many others have failed.

The Clash of Emotions at the Heart of Palestinian-Israeli Violence

Philippe Assouline | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Philippe Assouline

Why do Palestinian groups and individuals continue to use violence against civilians? It's the billion-dollar question at the heart of the conflict that no one is seriously addressing. And it might hold the key to peace.

A Walk in the Woods: A U.S. - Russia Rendezvous, in a "No-Try" Zone?

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.06.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

"Andrey, this is our best proposal to date. The President has dedicated himself to the image of peacemaker. He wants to do some lasting work. You ...

Ten Points on Science (and) Diplomacy

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 11.04.2015 | Science
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Before you move to the ten points summarising the notes and illustrations from my keynote address, you can put our deliberation on science and diplomacy into the historical context visualized by Holbein's painting 'The Ambassadors.'

To Help Syrians, Back Real Diplomacy to End the War

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

The fact that talks haven't produced a solution yet doesn't mean that diplomacy is failing. Real diplomacy -- the kind where everyone has to compromise to get a meaningful agreement -- is just getting started.

Finish What Ike and JFK Started: Ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
William Lambers

We shouldn't go on reliving the Cold War chapter of nuclear tests. Instead, let's finish what Ike and JFK started by ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Iran in Syria Talks? Let's Not Care About What Saudi Won't Allow

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

There is a strong correlation between the fact that Iran has been excluded and the fact that previous efforts have failed. If you want to end a war through negotiations, the key parties involved in the war have to be at the table - isn't that obvious?

First-Ever U.S. Presidential Candidates' Forum Held Abroad in Jerusalem, Israel, November 2-4, 2015

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Natasha Srdoc

US presidential candidates have been invited to participate in the first-ever US Presidential Candidates' Forum held abroad, focusing on foreign and defense policy issues.

Vietnam: Story Without an End

Jonah Raskin | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Jonah Raskin

The bigger the story the longer it takes to reach the front pages of major newspapers and TV screens. That maxim is probably nowhere more evident in recent times than in the example of the War in Vietnam.

Stakes Are High For Clinton, GOP As Benghazi Takes Center Stage

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

EmbedContent(5628eb65e4b0aac0b8fbc88a,,Embed,html,Some({})) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton firmly defended her record before and durin...

Here's Why Republicans Really Want a No-Fly Zone in Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

"No fly zone" = "make a stand against the Russians and Iranians." But presumably, "Let's have a war with Russia and Iran" didn't test well in Republicans' focus groups. "No fly zone" is a marketing euphemism for "war."

No Foreign Diplomats Should Get Away With Rape

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Two Nepalese women, working as maids in Gurgaon, India, were raped and sodomised repeatedly by their employer. This came to light when a third woman, who was also working as a cook in the same household, reached out to Maiti, a local NGO, for help.

"They" Forced the President to Do It!

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Given the ultimate power of a president -- especially one finishing up his second term in office and hardly beholden to a Republican Congress -- to say "no," Obama's explanation for the dismal failure of part of this country's war policy is, in its admission of weakness, possibly unique in the annals of the modern White House.

A Tale of Two Countries -- and One Bizarre Hostage Situation

ADST | Posted 10.16.2015 | World

If you think your relationships are complex, consider the convoluted ties among Ghana, Guinea, and the United States in the mid-1960s. The friendship ...

Taylor Swift Might Be America's Best Public Diplomat

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.16.2015 | Technology

"We need to use soft power in hard places," says one of America's top diplomats, and social media is just the way to apply it.  Richard Stengel -...

Agreeing to disagree: preventing real social change

Grace Wong | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Grace Wong

So why is this? Why as a world community do we feel the need to not compromise? I believe that it is our lack of diplomacy, and that not enough people practice diplomacy in their day-to-day lives.

(Diplomatic) Wives Gone Wild

ADST | Posted 10.06.2015 | Comedy

Every Foreign Service Officer can have a difficult job of navigating cultural differences, memorizing customs and sticking to protocol while at their post. The long list of do's and don'ts apply equally to a Foreign Service spouse.