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The Mathematics of Military Balance

Fred Teng | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Fred Teng

Many experts have always claimed that China has the largest army in the world. But while in China, there is only one solider to protect every 585 citizens, in the United States, there is one solider for every 198 citizens.

2011 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

I had the privilege of attending the 2011 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards in this, a particularly special year -- the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication as a gift to the people of America from France.

Education Will Bring Societies Together -- We Can't Depend on Governmental Diplomacy Alone

David J. Skorton | Posted 06.08.2011 | College
David J. Skorton

The availability of high-quality postsecondary education is significant beyond the personal benefit of a college degree: the problem-solving capacity of a modern college or university and its graduates is enormous.

We Don't Need an "Obama Doctrine"

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

If the Obama presidency stands for anything, it is that an ideological or doctrinaire approach to difficult problems, whether internationally or domestically, will not work.

How Many Should Die to Send Gaddafi to the Hague?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.01.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

As long as the value of getting Gaddafi to the Hague is not infinite, then there is some number of Libyan soldiers whose killing would not be worth sending Gaddafi to the Hague.

Faith Diplomacy's Importance Is Growing

Philip Seib | Posted 05.31.2011 | Religion
Philip Seib

The world is becoming more religious, and to pretend otherwise limits the effectiveness of foreign policy.

Semantics and the German "Nein" in Libya

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

It will take generational extinction and a profound national transformation before Germany can debate military action as freely as the United States or Great Britain without the epic burden of its history.

An Open Letter to Liberal Supporters of the Libya War

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The decision of the Obama Administration to engage the country in a new Middle East war without Congressional authorization represents a long-term threat to the U.S. peace movement.

An In-Depth Interview With Joel Rosenthal, President of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

I interviewed Rosentha on his assessment of Obama's foreign policy, the Middle East and North Africa protests, the WikiLeaks revelations, and more.

When the House Comes Back, You're Gonna Get in Trouble

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Here is some unsolicited advice for the Obama administration: you essentially have four days to put US involvement in the Libya war on a path that doesn't look like open-ended quagmire.

Chilean President Calls First Lady Michelle Obama 'Very Good-Looking'

AP | By JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's president Sebastian Pinera engaged in some very personal diplomacy with President Barack Obama on Monday. "I think the f...

A Goodbye to Warren Christopher

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Steinberg

At a moment like this, the custom is to ask for a brief silence. But I'm pretty sure that's not what Chris would have wanted. I think he'd tell us to get on with solving the life's next problem.

The Koepenick Syndrome: Is the United States the New Prussia?

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Military leaders have long held a Prussian-like prestige in the United States.

Washington Smackdown: Petraeus vs. "Substantial Drawdown"

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Whether Members of Congress choose to believe Petraeus' reassurances over the assessments of the U.S. intelligence community could prove decisive in the July drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

In Libya, Diplomacy Could Save Lives and the World Economy

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Hillary Clinton defended the State Department budget in Congress this week by pointing out that diplomatic interventions can prevent expensive wars. Now she can demonstrate her argument by example in Libya.

AIPAC Rules Fail at the Edge of Chaos

Merle Lefkoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merle Lefkoff

American foreign policy should embrace an innovative diplomacy that lets go of the need to control and welcomes the opportunity to explore in creative new ways the shifting sands of international relations.

Ambassador Blasts U.S. Militarization of Foreign Policy and Development

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Hughes

Ronald E. Neumann, former ambassador to Afghanistan, delivered a refreshing allocution on Wednesday denouncing the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy and underlining the perils it has wrought.

Dangers in U.S.-Pakistan Rift

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The diplomatic spat between the U.S. and Pakistan over Embassy employee Raymond Davis's comes at a time when Pakistan is increasingly challenged by growing violence and a teetering economy.

The Net Worth of Open Networks

Ramesh Srinivasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramesh Srinivasan

Even if new technologies can serve both democratic and repressive purposes, no one disputes their continued growth as the economic, social, political, and cultural substrate of our times.

Health Diplomacy Is Critical to U.S. Foreign Policy

Tommy G. Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tommy G. Thompson

Health diplomacy must be institutionalized as a critical component of U.S. foreign policy. Global health is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. It is the moral responsibility and strategic concern of every freedom-loving citizen of the world.

Insistent, Not Imperial

Parag Khanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parag Khanna

America's foreign policy must shift rapidly and sincerely towards a posture of being ready to help others help themselves in whichever direction points towards better governance, even if not Western democracy.

A 3D Approach to US Foreign Policy

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

What does it mean for the US to take a 3D -- development, diplomacy, and defense -- approach to foreign policy?

Egypt: New Home of the Brave?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Herrington

To be successful, a new Egyptian government must rededicate itself to the welfare of its people. A tall order.

Crisis Diplomacy In Egypt

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

My career-long investigation into the best practices of crisis diplomacy has consistently led me to a singular and understated fact -- perception forms reality.


Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards