In this rapidly changing environment, U.S. foreign policy needs to be both fresh and nimble. Sadly, it has been neither, preferring instead a seat of the pants approach that only serves to emphasize its policy inconsistency and its strategic incoherence
Although not many experts, politicians and scholars held the belief that the Islamic revolution, its political system and the cleric rule would last long, the new system of governance which created upheaval in the socio-political system of Iran has survived for 36 years.
Clinton in 2016 could have the same effect as Reagan in 1980 and 1984: recruiting Democratic candidates, inspiring Democratic supporters and winning an electoral landslide. Reagan would be embarrassed by Republicans today.
the U.S. is now at a crossroads. It can choose to bring the world to further international chaos by insisting on confronting Russia in Ukraine, or it can acknowledge that today's national priorities -- international security, peace, increased shared prosperity and real values and rights -- can only be achieved through shared international cooperation.
Contrary to what many observers thought after the 2014 elections, it does not appear that President Obama's final two years will be a disaster. In fact it seems likely that his surging approval ratings will help the prospects of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Pragmatism however should not be an easy way out of the responsibility for human rights and dignity that we, as democracies, share in the world. We should not suggest that we do not have an influence, when we actually do.
As the American cable news entertainment channels focus on the artificial American Sniper controversy, the Obama administration's issuance of its second and final national security strategy was buried deep in the back pages of the newspapers.
Seeing Russia's perspective is critical to resolving the problem. In the early 19th century, American concerns over European encroachment into the Western hemisphere resulted in the development of the Monroe Doctrine.
The results for 2014 are in and they are, to say the least, not encouraging. 2014 was not a good year for freedom in the world with negative trends evident in all regions. In fact, global rights declined for the ninth straight year.
Pentagon insiders called it "the long war," an open-ended, perhaps unending, conflict against nations and terror networks mainly of a radical Islamist bent. Over the years, its chief characteristic became ever clearer: a Groundhog Day kind of repetition.
With a transfer of power in Sri Lanka, a complicated situation has become even more complex and the tension between geopolitics and human rights or justice is not a zero-sum game.
The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.
Since any military retaliation from Hezbollah, leading to a wider conflict with Israel, will pull Iran in as well, Iranian leaders are more likely to caution Hezbollah about using any tactics or strategy that might bring about a war.
The Middle East remains a powder keg with most regional actors balancing precariously upon a tightrope. The danger of a misstep that could plunge the region into a new war is ever present and unfortunately, nothing suggests that trajectory will change anytime soon.
GENEVA -- The Security Council must be enlarged, and developing countries should be given greater voting rights in the Bretton Woods institutions: the IMF and the World Bank. In exchange, the world's newest powers must begin to take on a greater share of responsibility for the global order upon which their success depends. They can no longer stand on the sidelines, denouncing the injustices of the past. Instead, they must join their peers in building the future.
After a State of the Union Address, we're used to a rebuttal from the other party. This year, two of them turned out to be on the schedule.