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Diplomacy

Unmaking of an Adversarial Relationship: How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Bahman Baktiari

After thirty-six years of mutual satanization, it is easy to advance pessimistic arguments and to be doubtful about a future in which Iran and the United States will no longer be enemies. However, the nuclear negotiations and the prospect of a final nuclear accord demonstrate the fiction of the idea of permanent enemies destined to be in conflict with each other.

The Iran Deal Is a Terrible Blow... To War Profiteers (Theirs and Ours)

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 04.29.2015 | World
Jonathan Granoff

The deal is a good deal for people who want a peaceful world. It is not a good deal for those who profit from fear and war.

Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We are careful to trust not in words alone, but in actions that are fully transparent. The Framework Agreement, with its unprecedented provisions for verification, relies more on transparency than trust and offers the best path to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed state.

Cyberpolitics in 3 triangles: How to avoid a digital Bermuda Triangle

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Most data is stored by states and businesses. The question of data tracking and reporting by states and business is a current focus of digital policy discussions.

Japan's Global Re-Emergence: How Japan's Active Diplomacy Strengthens the Foundations of the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Success in tackling its own domestic and economic challenges will ultimately determine the longevity of Tokyo's global renaissance. Japan's global emergence should be welcomed and encouraged by its partners to weather the challenges in the 21st century.

Celebrating Compromise in Teheran

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 04.10.2015 | Good News
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Faced with the reality and complexity of human society, even the strictest ideologies and religions have to compromise. The streets of Teheran have witnessed an evolution from the parades of one religious truth a few decades ago, to yesterday's celebration of compromise.

The Number One Thing You May Not Know About Iran

Sina Nader | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Sina Nader

As an Iranian-American who was born and raised in America, yet with significant ties to the land where my parents, grandparents, and ancestors were born, my main intention is to provide a sense of perspective to anyone who may have an interest in the subject of Iran.

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Should we give this hope for peace a chance? I believe Christians should answer yes. Here's why.

Book Review: The Golden Hour

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

The Golden Hour by Todd Moss is a thriller about a coup d'état in Mali. Protagonist Judd Ryker is an academic who has been appointed to a new, specia...

How The Iran Nuclear Deal Came To Be

The New York Times | DAVID E. SANGER and MICHAEL R. GORDON | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics

It was just one of hundreds of arguments between American and Iranian officials as they tried to hash out what may prove to be one of the hardest-to-n...

Diplomats Gain Iran Breakthrough. Senator: "Neville Chamberlain got a better deal from Hitler."

Jon Rainwater | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Jon Rainwater

At a time where there seems to be new violence and conflict somewhere in the world each day, a final nuclear deal would be a bright spot. Polls bear this out, and show that the vast majority of Americans want a diplomatic agreement, not war.

Hope Springs: The Iran Breakthrough

Susan Shaer | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
Susan Shaer

The last year and a half of negotiations between Iran and six international powers has created a remarkable and historic shift. Not only have relations between the United States and Iran begun to thaw after 30 years of enmity, but it is increasingly looking like the international community will be able to solve the Iran nuclear crisis together.

Iran and Israel and US

Paula Gordon | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The interventionist 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston famously said that "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests."

The Marvelous Millie B.

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

Millie B., as some called her, was a diplomat's wife whose strong, heartfelt determination to aid others fueled her wartime endeavors. She organized relief agencies, toured battlefields, feuded with Edith Wharton, and more.

McCain Joins Bolton, Invites Israel to Bomb Iran

Jon Rainwater | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Jon Rainwater

Yep, the hawks' vision for Iran sure sounds ludicrous. But their vision of Americans being greeted as liberators by cheering Iraqis with sweets and flowers was equally ludicrous. A decade later we're still dealing with the tragic fall-out of chasing after that particular pipe-dream.

Menendez Downfall Could Be Diplomacy's Windfall

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Menendez's indictment would be unfortunate for his family, his career, and his reputation, but it could bode well for world peace. While Menendez is progressive on issues such as immigration reform and gay rights, he is a hawk on two key foreign policy issues: Iran and Cuba.

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 05.03.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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.