Immigrants are more efficient than any organization -- foreign or domestic -- doing charitable work in the countries we come from. Yet, unlike charitable organizations, we can't deduct that money from our tax burden.
Why do we continue, more so now than ever before, to exaggerate the military threats that we face? For it is undeniable that our massive national security complex has spawned its very own enemy-industrial complex. And the reason for this is simple: threat inflation makes good business sense. Just like sex, it sells.
If we act calmly and sensibly, we can easily defuse the current crisis. North Korea is looking for respect, not war. It's time to talk, to lower the heat, and to avoid a confrontation or the imposition of impossible or humiliating demands.
Late last month, China's new president, Xi Jinping, undertook his first trip abroad as head of state. With the country's leadership transition now complete, it is an appropriate moment to reflect on the evolving U.S.-Sino balance of power.
Obama, who campaigned in 2008 on an anti-war platform pledging to lead America on a different course abroad, is arguably not the same president he was four years ago.
His plan includes boosts to some health and development programs, and overall higher funding levels for foreign assistance than what Congress has put forward. But his funding recommendation is still a decrease from previous years, and specific cuts are cause for concern.
The "Pacific pivot" of the United States is nothing new. At the same time, it doesn't really exist. And yet, even though it doesn't exist, this pivot is partly responsible for the escalation of tensions in and around the Korean peninsula.
The real change in -- and the future of -- development assistance is not coming from its traditional donors but from its recipients.
As Turkey makes this transition, donors like the United States should pitch in by supporting the United Nations' regional response plan for Syria. If the situation in Turkey is serious, then conditions within Syria are truly dire.
In an increasingly interconnected world, failing to see the global impacts of policy can have consequences at home and abroad. In the end, it may be the right move, but it is essential to consider alternatives before acting.
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.
I was born a Democrat. My father was a Democrat as was his father and my great-grandfather, too. I guess I never really questioned the values of the Democratic Party when I was a child. But I am announcing today that I have become a Republican.
This is the essence of persuasion. Obama's ability to project American hard power in the region might be fading, but that's not the case with American soft power.
Those intoxicated by Obama's rhetoric will soon experience a painful hangover. For the president's Israel speech and the rest of his Middle East trip were focused, first and foremost, on domestic politics here in the United States.
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.