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War Is Over. What Next?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To mark the milestone of the last American troops to leave Iraq, I'd like to take a wider view and look at the entire region, post-Saddam and post-Arab Spring.

House Vote Today to Approve Iran Sanctions Bill Would Restore Bush "Cooties Doctrine"

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a provision which would restore as policy the Cooties Doctrine of the early Bush Administration -- U.S. officials can't meet with officials of the adversary du jour, because our officials might get contaminated.

When Is a Deal Not a Deal: COP 17 and Climate Change

Doug Noll | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Doug Noll

The diplomatic community is publicly patting itself on the back for the "deal" in Durban. The problem is, as any first year American law student could tell you, there is no "deal." What there is is a promise to make a promise.

On Complaints Over Iran Nuclear Weapon Claims, WaPo Ombud Rules for the Plaintiffs

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.11.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Patrick Pexton, responding to complaints over a headline treating the unproven allegation as a known fact, came down firmly on the side of the complainants. Moreover, Post editors corrected the offending headline, conceding it had been an error to fail to acknowledge debate.

One Season to Go: An Introduction

Michael Evans | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education
Michael Evans

I love basketball. Well, I don't really love the strategy, the competition, or even actually playing the game. I love the camaraderie a player has with his teammates, and I love the role a coach can play in a kid's life.

The Greenest Garden in Washington

Nigel Sheinwald | Posted 01.21.2012 | Green
Nigel Sheinwald

The British poet Alexander Pope once observed that, "All gardening is landscape-painting." But today's gardeners need to be environmental stewards as well as aesthetes.

ICCAT: Time to Tackle What's Really in the Net

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Lee Crockett

What's in a name? If you're talking about ICCAT -- the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas -- so much is contained in that one acronym.

Iran Threat Reduction Act Actually Enhances Threat of War

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

Never in the history of this country has Congress ever restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, even in wartime. If this measure passes, it will establish a dangerous precedent.

For Peace in Kashmir, Look to Dublin

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

The decision by the government of Pakistan to grant Most Favoured Nation status to India is a significant step towards improving not only economic opportunity in the region, but bilateral relations between the two South Asian powers.

Immunity: Disastrous Decisions in 2007 Return to Haunt 2012

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

It was the 2007 Nisour Square Blackwater killings, not Wikileaks, that derailed plans for U.S. troops to stay on in Iraq.

Clinton, Karzai Share A Laugh About Herman Cain

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shared some laughs Thursday over GOP presidenti...

America's Investment in Global Leadership Advances U.S. National Security and Economic Prosperity

Thomas R. Nides | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Thomas R. Nides

Serious cuts to development and diplomacy -- to America's investment in global leadership -- would seriously undermine our long-term national security and economic prosperity.

UN Security Council: Don't Let the Syrian Failure Become an Arab Failure

Dr. Peter Wittig | Posted 12.14.2011 | World
Dr. Peter Wittig

Since spring, a wind of change has been blowing through the Arab world. Last week it again reached the shores of Turtle Bay. But this time it turned into a sudden chill.

Pakistan's Long March to Isolation

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Israel's stubbornly myopic foreign policy is actually making it less secure. What is less clear is whether those responsible for directing Pakistan's own foreign policy understand why.

Eating, an Act of Diplomacy

Ann Gentry | Posted 11.23.2011 | Home
Ann Gentry

We all want to eat well, and that means we all care about how food gets to our plate. That's the starting point for diplomacy in the kitchen and at the table.

Dan Froomkin

HUNKER IN THE BUNKER: U.S. Plan For Iraq Is To Fall Back To The Mother Of All Embassies | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.16.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- American combat troops in Iraq may be heading to the exits -- or not -- but the U.S. government's enormously expensive intervention ther...

Joshua Hersh

WikiLeaks Releases Entire Cache Of Secret Diplomatic Cables | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

Less than a year after they began distributing private government documents to select media outlets, WikiLeaks has published its entire collection of ...

10 Things You Should Know About the State Department and USAID

Thomas R. Nides | Posted 10.25.2011 | World
Thomas R. Nides

The United States is a leader for peace, progress and prosperity, and the State Department and USAID help deliver that. All of this (and more) costs the American taxpayer about one percent of the overall federal budget.

Facing the Security Challenge of Climate Change

Dr. Peter Wittig | Posted 09.18.2011 | Green
Dr. Peter Wittig

Most people would agree climate change is one of the biggest threats to our world. But opinions differ on the nature of this threat, how it will affect our lives and what we must do to face it.

Joshua Hersh

Former Sen. Arlen Specter Calls For Dialogue with Syria | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.17.2011 | World

Former Sen. Arlen Specter, a longtime proponent of diplomatic exchanges with America’s most hostile counterparts, is calling for renewed negotiation...

Should The United States Promote Religious Freedom?

Thomas David DuBois | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Thomas David DuBois

Even with the best intentions, a ham-handed promotion of religious freedom runs the risk of being seen as naively hypocritical at best, and a cover for ulterior motives at worst.

America's New Isolationism

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

Should we exert force abroad for the national interest? (And how do we define national interest?) When and where should we use force for a humanitarian cause? Or should the U.S. withdraw from the international theater to focus on challenges at home?

Those on the Front Lines of Diplomacy

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.12.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Despite my impulses of real irritation now and then that Fay Lewis just didn't understand how busy I was, I am so grateful to her for never allowing me to say no.

America's Soft Power Secret Weapon in the Iraq War Was a Young Army Captain Named Travis Patriquin

Ryan McDermott | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Ryan McDermott

A Soldier's Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq highlights the efforts of one soldier whose dream helped capture the momentum of the Sunni "Awakening" in Iraq in 2006.

Sharing Three Cups of Tea With the Tea Party

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2011 | Comedy
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Tea Party members and the Taliban will likely find some common ground and perhaps even consider initiating joint political ventures.