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With Training in Disarray, Secretary Clinton Can Shorten the War and Save Sgt. Bergdahl

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

If you want to know why we're still at war in Afghanistan, long after most people have given up on it, a key fact to realize is this: the only way the war is going to end is through peace talks.

What To Do About Iran's Nuclear Program

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Iran blusters too much, and if it only means half of what it says, Israel should fear for its safety. However, much mitigates against military action, either by Israel alone, or in consort with the United States.

Interest Creep, Intervention, and Military Power

D. Robert Worley | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Do we respond to disruptions around the globe as problems to be solved with the military or as changes to be managed with diplomacy? Perhaps it's time, as a country, that we step back and have that debate, or insist that the presidential candidates have that debate.

America's Increasingly Irrelevant Concierge Abroad

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Peter Van Buren

A new report shows that more than one fourth of all State Dep. Foreign Service positions are unfilled or are filled with below-grade employees. State's somnolent response to what should be a crisis call tells the tale. It really doesn't matter, and even State itself knows.

Fasten Your Seat Belt: Diplomacy's Believe it Or Not

David Harris | Posted 10.05.2012 | World
David Harris

In Iranian eyes, this would confer the legitimacy, support and photo ops the country craves. Iranian officials have been fanning out all over the world, using both "carrots" and "sticks" at their disposal, to promote attendance. Will they succeed?

Syria and Lessons Learned

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Before we declare our support for any side in a civil war, shouldn't we know who and what we are supporting?

Building Constituencies for Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 09.23.2012 | Arts
Philip Seib

Cultural diplomacy has avid supporters partly because this facet of public diplomacy usually is not controversial and has a high feel-good quotient. Sending an orchestra to China has value because each such venture opens doors and minds.

It Takes (More) Women to Rule Afghanistan (Actually the World)

Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata | Posted 09.21.2012 | World
Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata

Women were among the heroes of the Arab Spring revolts. They took part en masse in the first elections and are now present in the new democratic institutions. We are expecting the new Arab leadership to respect women's rights in their constitutions and political and social life.

Screw Business as Usual and the Rest of My Corporate Diplomacy Summer Reading List

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 09.13.2012 | Business
Cari E. Guittard

Summertime is always an excellent time to reflect, recharge and catch up on reading you've been meaning to read for longer than you can remember. My ...

China's Top Paper Slams Clinton

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2012 | World

BEIJING, July 12 (Reuters) - China's top newspaper slammed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday for comments she made lauding democra...

Singer: State Department Best Band Booker

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Ellen Freudenheim

After Labor Day, Mary McBride and her band take their State Department-sponsored charm offensive to Libya and Afghanistan, among other countries. For the past 12 months McBride and her band have toured their mix of country-western rock'n'roll to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan and Turkey, among other nations such as Vietnam and Laos. This spring they toured Iraq for eight days. In each trip, they do outreach concerts for abandoned and disabled people in institutional homes, hold workshops with students, meet prominent local musicians, play for international personnel, and appear on local media. "I've never felt as welcome as I have in Pakistan and Iraq," said McBride during a two-hour in-person interview in Brooklyn in June. She has the voice of a full-throated blues singer and a camp counselor's infectious enthusiasm.

What Charlotte Beers Taught Me About Being Fearless

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 09.09.2012 | Women
Cari E. Guittard

"The Under Secretary will not be scripted, she will speak her mind and share her opinions. If the White House has a problem with this they can take it up with her directly."

Beware Partisan Punditry on the Middle East

Joel Rubin | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Let's have a real debate and listen to the experts. But beware the partisans. Their advice during this presidential campaign season may be more about who gets elected in November than about how we advance our interests in the Middle East.

XX Diplomacy: When Women Lead, the World Improves

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 09.04.2012 | Women
Cari E. Guittard

We must do everything we can to encourage, inspire and engage young women in global careers and find ways to bring their voices to the table.

The Right Question

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The right question to ask isn't whether all options are on the table with Iran -- because clearly they are -- but which is the most likely to achieve the right outcome with the least danger of making the region and the world even more dangerous.

Famous Handshakes That Signaled Peace

AP | Posted 06.25.2012 | World

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II and former Provisional Irish Republican Army leader Martin McGuinness are expected to shake hands in a delicately choreo...

Young Diplomacy

Alex Wirth | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Alex Wirth

On a rainy morning in Moscow this May, I sat at a table listening to Russia's best students articulate, in perfect English, their concerns with the United States' anti-ballistic missile system and explain their hope for the future of Russia.

Negotiations With Iran Will Require Compromise

Joel Rubin | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

As negotiations aimed at controlling Iran's nuclear program continue, two things are crystal clear. First, our national security and intelligence leadership believes a negotiated solution is our best path to resolving the issue. Second, Americans strongly favor a negotiated solution and oppose another Middle East war.

Can Sports Save the World? Reflections of a Former Little Leaguer on Sports, Diplomacy, and Globalization

Derek Shearer | Posted 08.08.2012 | Sports
Derek Shearer

Sports can't save the world from the effects of global warming or by themselves solve economic inequality in the world economy. For that, politics is required. But with the Olympics approaching, we should remember that a love of sports -- playing, watching, arguing, rooting, buying gear -- is one of the great commonalities of being human.

Cultural Diplomacy and Construction of Trust

Philip Seib | Posted 08.05.2012 | World
Philip Seib

Nearly everyone likes cultural diplomacy in principle, but some remain skeptical about its value. It is seen by many as soft power at its softest, safe and fuzzy, with more aesthetic rewards than diplomatic ones.

ICC Turns Ten: A Measure of Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Kip Hale

In this tenth year of the ICC, it is an appropriate time to take stock of the Court's progress in its primary mission: end impunity through the just rule of law.

Insecurities Over Sovereignty: Why Pakistan Sentenced Shakil Afridi

Aziz Nayani | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

On the surface, it makes little sense for Pakistan to convict the man who assisted in operations aimed at capturing bin Laden. The decision reveals a larger insecurity within the Pakistani psyche.

The Quality of Mercy

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

As Americans remember the sacrifices of our military on Memorial Day, I also recall the thousands of Project HOPE volunteers dispatched across the globe over the years to bring health and healing to foreign shores.

Preventing Congress From Killing a Future Deal With Iran

Loren White | Posted 07.22.2012 | World
Loren White

While it is far too early to predict an imminent solution, some guarded optimism seems justified that progress on the nuclear standoff with Iran may finally be obtainable.

International Bargaining, the Pakistani Way

Aziz Nayani | Posted 05.18.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

Pakistan cannot afford to live in international political isolation, and it needs to have an active role and vested interest in securing the safety and sustainability of Afghanistan. An uncooperative, nuclear Pakistan risks instability and violence in the Af-Pak border region.