Thinking about Cuba is like trying to sort through the bits and pieces thrown haphazardly together in a data junk yard. Everyone has an opinion about this morality play. Actually, it's more of a cartoon except for the deeply tragic element.
Wherever I travel, the questions follow, suggesting that the U.S., if not exactly crazy, is decidedly a danger to itself and others. It's past time to wake up, America, and look around. There's another world out here, an old and friendly one across the ocean, and it's full of good ideas, tried and true.
Depending on the model economists use and the assumptions they make, they estimate a net stimulus that ranges from small to very small. But, behind the word "net," lies a wide spectrum of gains, pains, people, and policies.
While many hawkish observers in Washington demanded a more overt and energetic response from the Obama administration, the past six months can only be seen as vindication of President Obama's diplomacy toward Russia and proof of the abject failure of the shortsighted and domestically driven foreign policy of Vladimir Putin.
2015 will bring about crucial and positive developments as well as challenges for the Iranian government. One of the tenets of the Iranian political system is unpredictability, nevertheless, projections can still be made.
Another issue with aid and development is that Western countries do not take into account their position of past colonial rulers; they happen to "forget" their previous maltreatment and do not critically consider their positions of power.
Whether dealing with close U.S. partners or more distant governments, the United States should have the same principled voice for human rights. 2014 was a decent year for change in U.S. policies towards Latin America and the Caribbean. Let's make 2015 a banner year.
In order to provide a clear picture of the impact China's nuclear upgrade might have on the global balance of power, it is imperative to explore what this upgrade entails.
While a premeditated violation of the INF Treaty would be a serious diplomatic transgression, it is unwise to exaggerate the strategic implications of a formal breach and engage in knee-jerk policy formulation that would do little to punish Russia and could instead actually undermine U.S. security interests in the long-term.
ISIS wants to restore the caliphate in the Middle East region. Also, ISIS's attacking of U.S. targets -- for example, the beheading of American hostages -- is in retaliation for U.S. bombing of the group and an attempt to bait the United States to drag it deeper into the civil wars in Iraq and Syria. It worked; the United States took the bait.
Initiating and committing the full weight of the United States executive behind such a process would not only constitute the crowning foreign policy jewel in your legacy crown, but it just might also save ourselves from ourselves, too.
Despite some of the diplomatic headways that President Rouhani and his negotiating team made and despite some of the limited sanction reliefs that Iran has received, the gaps between the six world powers and Iran remain to be deep to bridge.
It's hard to overstate the sense of relief that was felt in both Washington and Havana as Obama and Castro announced a breakthrough in such long-running hostility. It's worth taking a moment to understand how both sides got to this point and why it portends a major shift in U.S. foreign policy and potentially, in Cuban society.
In light of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East with no end on sight, what is one to make out of the contradictory relationship between the United States and Egypt. Of interest, is the latest decision by the Egyptian government to deny entry to a former U.S. diplomat, Michele Dunne, to attend a conference in Cairo.
Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.
With a bold stroke, the president has shaken up the political and diplomatic landscape from one end of the Americas to the other, with important potential benefits for the United States.