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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Digital Citizenship

Andreas Sandre | Posted 07.23.2014 | Technology
Andreas Sandre

In every large democracy of our time, little seems to be left to chance, with both national and trans-national laws and policies relating to every aspect of our life. The Internet however, is still much debated and a sort of grey area.

Are U.S.-India Diplomatic Strains Over? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of Conversations with Nicholas Kralev, Nisha Biswal, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, talks about the complex U.S.-India relationship, and about attitudes toward Russia in Central Asia.

The Three-War Doctrine

John Feffer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

If the War Party wins in 2016, all bets are off. We will prepare to fight in the Eurasian heartland, the South China Sea, and the resource-rich lands of Africa -- because if we don't fight them there, we'll have to fight them here. Just when it seemed like we were about to give peace a chance, the United States will suddenly revert to a three-war doctrine.

Mapping Out Path in Foreign Service (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of Conversations with Nicholas Kralev, Philip Reeker, former ambassador to Macedonia and incoming consul-general in Milan, talks about the wide variety of tasks professional diplomats perform, and creating a successful Foreign Service career.

Rock and Roll in Algeria

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a rock and roll band visiting from Algeria called Dar K' Side, or "House of Poems" (HoP).What captured my attention were the smiles on each of the Algerian musicians. These smiles were louder than the music. These guys were inspired.

Joshua Hersh

The Real Cost Of Benghazi Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

ISTANBUL -- In early January, as a violent rebellion flared across South Sudan, the world's youngest country, the U.S. State Department announced that...

More 3D for US Foreign Policy: Moving Beyond Soft Diplomacy Through Global Health

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
James Bernstein, MD

With a growing number of American individuals, academic institutions, organizations, and businesses committed to providing needed care around the world, our government must get with the program by supporting and owning the efforts of these global health emissaries and entrepreneurs.

How America Paved the Way for Putin

Sunil Adam | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Sunil Adam

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a byproduct of the choice that America made in the late 1980s, when it could have helped the Soviet Union navigate into the European mainstream, but instead tried to emasculate the Great Power to its bone.

U.S. Diplomats' Influence in Washington (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of Conversations with Nicholas Kralev, we discuss the role career diplomats play in making U.S. foreign policy, and why presidents tend to distrust the Foreign Service.

Is Anyone in Washington Willing to Defend John Kerry?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The words that Kerry used are, in a way, an unhelpful distraction from the point he was trying to make: the establishment of an independent and contiguous Palestinian state is the only way that the state of Israel can be both democratic and Jewish.

Exploring U.S.-Iran Reconciliation (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
Nicholas Kralev

The gathering celebrates the legacy of synthesizer mastermind Robert Moog and the generations of musicians he influenced -- all in the burg where he stationed his musical instrument factory before his death in 2005.

Hagel's Visit to China and Sino-Russian Relations

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

The United States' desire for a de-escalation of tensions in Asia has become recently more acute due to the unfolding deterioration of diplomatic relations with Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin over Ukraine.

Don't Worry, the U.S. Will Never Let the Peace Process Die

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

However impossible the Israeli-Palestinian conundrum looks at the moment, the United States is too proud to let generations of hard work and billions of dollars in investment in the Palestinian Authority amount to a continuation of the status-quo ante.

Can Washington Ever Please Moscow? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Nicholas Kralev

Two experts discuss the successes and failures of U.S. diplomacy with President Vladimir Putin's Russia, and the need for Washington to be more strategic in its dealings with Moscow.

Will 2014 End up like 1914?

Larry Summers | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Larry Summers

Economic success does not assure peace, but economic failure and disintegration almost assures conflict. It is incumbent on the leaders of the major nations of the world to figure out how to achieve more rapid and sustained economic growth. A commitment to maintain strength, to uphold the international order, is an inherent and deeply-seated part of any successful global system. Great powers can never bluff. When they bluff, when their intentions are uncertain, they are tested. When they are tested, questions arise, and the prospect of conflict mounts.

The Obama Drama

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Pierre Guerlain

Everyone remembers the 2008 campaign when, in the exhilaration of Obamania, the advertising slogan "no-drama Obama" had a fair amount of success. This reflected a common misunderstanding of politics, for personalities matter much less than the force field of conflicts between the various powerful sectors in oligarchic democracies.

Reconciling Internet Freedom and Government Snooping (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.08.2014 | Technology
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," Alec Ross, former senior adviser for innovation at the State Department, talks about the role of modern technology in achieving diplomatic objectives, empowering citizens around the world, and reconciling Internet freedom with U.S. government surveillance.

Syria to Be Referred to ICC? Not a Chance

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the United Nations Security Council has been underperforming or underachieving on the Syria file would be a colossal understatement. The Syrian rebellion against Bashar al-Assad is now in its fourth year -- the four deadliest years in Syria's modern history.

5 Signs You Know the Middle East Peace Process Is in Trouble

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The one man who has been able to keep the Netanyahu-Abbas square-off from imploding, Secretary of State John Kerry, is signaling that there is not much more the United States can do on its own.

German Envoy Seeks to 'Rebuild Trust' After U.S. Spying Revelations (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," the German ambassador to the United States, Peter Ammon, talks about the need for Washington and Berlin to rebuild trust following recent revelations about U.S. surveillance on German officials.

#SaveFulbright: America Can't Cut the Fulbright Program

Jonathan Rice | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Rice

Instead of being bogged down in high-level diplomatic talks and lofty statements by politicians, Fulbrighters work to make a direct person-to-person impact.

More Money for Diplomacy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I am concerned not only for the safety of our diplomatic corps, but also from the growing perception that they are not a priority concern. Right now we are busily chopping the Pentagon's budget, which in my view is long overdue, but at the same time we need to beef up our diplomatic budget.

'Security' Is Not 17,000 Nuclear Weapons

Derek Johnson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Derek Johnson

There's no debating we would all be better off if there were less and better-guarded highly enriched uranium and plutonium. But the summit missed an essential point: "Nuclear security" is an absurd proposition in a world bristling with more than 17,000 nuclear weapons.

Old World -- New World in the Middle East

Ambassador Uri Savir | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Uri Savir

Obama and Kerry deserve much credit as they adhere to peaceful diplomacy. It is less popular than pretending to be the sheriff of the world, with useless pistols and tanks. In this era, opting for the moral high-ground is also the right choice for influence and growth.

Decoding Hamid Karzai

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Suchitra Vijayan

Karzai has retreated from many ideological and political positions in the face of recalcitrant events and shifting context. The most irreconcilable are his opinions about the Taliban as well as his views on the role of the U.S. in Afghanistan.