At this point, we have no ally in Syria with any strength or credibility. The U.S. has a choice of backing the Islamic Front, which it finds repugnant, or it can acquiesce to Assad's continued rule. Another bad choice. The January peace conference in Switzerland will be a farce if it even occurs.
As their massive sacrifices in the future of Iraq go up in flames, Americans watch pundits on TV argue that their government did too little and abandoned Iraq too soon.
In recent weeks we have seen two agreements between distrusting parties. Neither the budget agreement between Democrats and Republicans about funding the U.S. Government, nor the agreement between Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, settled much.
The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.
No American president has ever begun a year with as many different foreign policy crises as Obama now faces. It would be understandable if he took one look at this list and remained in Hawaii playing golf.
False claims of reform by the Bahrain government are exposed by its continuing failure to hold its torturers to account. As political polarization increases, its economy weakens, and its protests become more violent, Bahrain appears to be sliding towards greater instability.
Friends must be honest. It's time for some tough-love from the West. The Obama administration must be steely-eyed, seeing Turkey as it is -- not as it was -- or how Washington wants it to be.
The United States enters 2014 positioned to capitalize on a year of intense engagement and investment in a region -- the Asia-Pacific -- that is increasingly critical to our future and to global growth.
The Middle East promises to be every bit as complicated and challenging to US policy-makers as it has been in the year just ending. There is a dizzying array of conflicts and crises unfolding across the region -- all of which will involve the US in the year to come.
A simple handshake doesn't have to be exaggerated, but it matters. Civility isn't sufficient but it is a necessary and praiseworthy conduct in international affairs. It is worth remembering that international politics is made of many societal actors.
While states may have difficulty escaping the security dilemma, mutual understanding that fears and insecurity (rather than bad intentions) are driving behavior can provide a starting point for constructive discussions.
Hezbollah's determination to fight in support of the Syrian regime forces has led to a second set of issues manifested in regional tensions.
While Indian media outlets and politicians engage in debates about the alleged mistreatment of Devyani Khobragade, they have entirely overlooked a remarkable story of a man in the state of Punjab who is taking a stand against injustice.
Given that Christmas is almost upon us, now is the time to keep all routes open and stop the posturing lest Santa Claus deliver a lump of coal to China.
As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services and uncertainty about their futures as the wage gap between the wealthy elite and the working poor widens, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the coffers of the Department of Defense every year.
By Lauren Carasik, Susan Scott and Azadeh Shahshahani The authors, members of the US National Lawyers Guild, compare and contrast procedures in this ...