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Afghanistan: Is It Really the Endgame?

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Conn Hallinan

With the clock ticking down on removing most combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014, there are no official negotiations going on between the United States and the Taliban, nor does there seem to be any strategy for how to bring them about.

Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran

Meghan Nuttall Sayres | Posted 08.24.2013 | Books
Meghan Nuttall Sayres

My last post was entitled "Media Washed Middle East," in which I wrote about my experiences traveling and writing about the Middle East. Those sojourn...

Kerry's Deputy Sees 'Reduced Accountability' of Career Employees (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The recent problems with accountability and responsibility at the State Department are rooted in an "inflation" of high-level political positions, which has reduced significantly accountability among lower-level career employees.

US Issued Record 8.9 Million Visas in 2012 (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Nicholas Kralev

The State Department issued a record 8.9 million non-immigrant visas in fiscal year 2012, out of 11.1 million applications, and more foreign student...

'Fast Diplomacy': The Future of Foreign Policy?

Andreas Sandre | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Andreas Sandre

Because social media exponentially multiplies a message and its reach, mistakes often occur in sudden and unexpected fashion. This is why risk management needs to become part of a digital diplomacy strategy -- not just crisis communications.

Helping Provide Teenage With Solutions to Global Violence

Andy Braner | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Andy Braner

I'm a little disillusioned as to how the smartest diplomats in the world are unable to figure out how to come up with some sort of way to create peace.

Pickering: Assertions of Benghazi Coverup Are 'Fiction' (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev


Living in a Violent World

Vince Pellegrino, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Vince Pellegrino, Ph.D.

What can we as gay people do when we are confronted by the face of hate simply for being gay and living our lives openly in a neighborhood which has been synonymous with gay freedom since Stonewall?

State Department Official Who Helped With Benghazi Talking Points Nominated To Top Post

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, to become assistant secretary for European and Eurasian ...

Obama's Brief

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The president is either moping or muttering defensively about the abuses by the IRS and the tragedy of Benghazi. As I see it, if he wakes up tomorrow and is willing to speak up, there are a few things he could fairly state. First, any suggestion that "the IRS" went after the Tea Party are bogus.

Quid Pro Quo Diplomacy in U.S.-Myanmar Relations

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Nehginpao Kipgen

If softliners and hardliners within the Myanmar military see confidence in its democracy roadmap, provided that there is continued support from the international community, Thein Sein's visit to Washington can possibly pave the way for amending the 2008 constitution.

Foreign Policy Begins at Home: Fact or Just Rhetoric?

Manjula Dissanayake | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics
Manjula Dissanayake

I personally believe that the U.S. still has the capacity and the aspiration to remain the nation of opportunity for generations to come.

Syria, Iran and the Red Lines Trap

Joel Rubin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

President Obama should stick to his red line policy toward Syria and avoid advancing a red line policy toward Iran that will tie his hands. That may frustrate his domestic critics, but it makes America's adversaries nervous. And this is exactly where we should want our country's foreign policy to be.

Morocco and US Must Not Let Recent Spat Harm Their Historic Friendship

Craig Considine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Both countries should remain in harmony and continue to be worthy companions as they embark on stabilizing a region in which they both have security interests.

What Failed Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran Will Mean

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

With America and its European partners once again blowing an opening to accept Tehran's nuclear rights and close a nuclear deal, we are likely to see another surge of nuclear expansion in Iran.

How to Support Kerry's Middle East Shuttle Diplomacy

Joel Rubin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

The majority of Israelis and Palestinians want to see a two-state solution between their two peoples. And with the United States energized to lead, now is the time for Americans to support John Kerry's fresh approach.

Diplomacy and the Digital Age

Arturo Sarukhan | Posted 06.03.2013 | Media
Arturo Sarukhan

With the advent of internet-based social media platforms, a successful digital diplomacy entails a complete overhaul in our communications strategy, and is part of a broader conversation regarding the kind of societies we want and the interactions among them and within them.

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? We Could Do Worse

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Aside from the lack of language skills, Kennedy is a much better choice than most campaign bundlers who get plush ambassadorial posts for no other reason than having fundraised for the winning presidential candidate.

A Letter to Michael Kaiser About Cultural Diplomacy

Christopher Merrill | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Christopher Merrill

Our decentralized culture, soul-making that depends more on the private sector than government, will not fly everywhere. Think China or Russia. Better to pass along the fruits of our tradition of innovation in the arts, to explain the philosophies and practices in which such creativity can grow and thrive.

[Video] Victims of the Unregulated Arms Trade

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Louis Belanger

Control Arms released a chilling video Tuesday that calls attention to the mass atrocities taking place globally due to the lack of rules on the global arms trade.

From the Camps of Congo to the Corridors of the UN

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Louis Belanger

After years of campaigning to bring the arms trade under control, we sometimes forget who we are fighting for. The negotiations get technical and it all gets a bit tedious. But we must never forget why we're doing this.

Puppeteering Mediation Cannot Lead to Lasting Peace

Laurel Kaufer | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Laurel Kaufer

We, the Jews of the United States, the most influential Jewish community of the diaspora, cannot afford to lose our objectivity in our great desire for peace in the Middle East and our hopes for the future of our Jewish homeland.

Public Diplomacy and "Popular Diplomacy"

Philip Seib | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Philip Seib

In many countries, political leaders' greatest fear is that the people they rule will learn too much about the rest of the world and become uncomfortably assertive. Deposed rulers in the Arab states and elsewhere can attest to the disruptive power of information.

WHAT? U.S Urges Ban On Drunken Diplomats At UN Budget Debates

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States called on Monday for a ban on drunk diplomats at budget debates at the United Nations. "We...

Hollywood's Love/Hate Relationship with Iran

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Tara Kangarlou

In a room full of stars, at a time in which the United States and Israel contemplated possible military strikes, crippling sanctions and Iran's nuclear ambitions, an Iranian man created a counter-narrative as Hollywood awarded him a Golden Globe, which he received from Madonna on stage.