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Easter Week in Cuba

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Travel
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

Obama will visit a country that is still growing sugarcane and tobacco, making cigars and rum, and needs America, too. Not just our billboards and neon, but also our willingness to learn from our Cuban hosts.

Throwing Away the Respect of Mankind

Ralf Michaels | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Ralf Michaels

The United States has done much, since its founding, to earn the decent respect of mankind that the founders felt the country needed. But in directly asking foreign countries to mistrust us, Republicans are, it seems, intentionally trying to throw away what remains of this respect. It is hard to see how this could be good for the country.

Cuba and Iran: A New Era for American Diplomacy?

William Luers | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
William Luers

Americans, who increasingly oppose costly conflict, may come to recognize that the U.S. would be better off with a Cuba and an Iran (without nuclear weapons) as functioning members of the international community.

Touring New York Arts and Culture

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

As these data demonstrate touring need and opportunity along the continuums of organizational budget sizes and lives in dance, some, such as American Dance Abroad, are already developing solutions for New York.

Ban the Bundlers!

Charles Kolb | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

An ambassador is neither a social secretary nor a socialite. It is, quite frankly, embarrassing that so many of our key diplomatic positions are now considered commodities for sale to the highest bidder or bundler.

Japan, South Korea Rift and Obama's Role in Diplomacy

Calvin Chen | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Calvin Chen

Given the potential risk of an ongoing diplomatic feud between these two countries, the U.S. should continue its role as peacemaker.

Are Americans Feeling More Isolationist?

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Whatever one's judgment, Americans appear to have concluded that a foreign-policy reorientation is in order; in this case, however, reorientation doesn't equal retrenchment.

The G8 Needs a Standing Agenda: Competitiveness

Nicholas Dungan | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Nicholas Dungan

Prime Minister, espousing competitiveness as your core issue represents the best opportunity to make the most of this year's G8 presidency -- and to make your mark in history, by setting the stage for the success of the West in the decades to come.

Syria Needs U.S. Diplomacy, Not Weapons

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Sen. Tom Udall

Assad's enemies may very well be America's enemies. The fact is, we do not know. By flooding the region with heavy weapons, we risk inadvertently arming those who ultimately seek to do our nation harm.

Kerry's Financial Plan for Palestine Unlikely to work

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

During the Israeli reoccupation of major Palestinian cities in 2002, the Israeli army took over the building that was housing Al Quds University's Edu...

Palestinians should invest in a plan B even while negotiating

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

One of the most important lessons any negotiator needs to know is that the ability to conduct effective negotiations requires one to have a credible a...

More Than Just About Hagel

Trita Parsi | Posted 02.26.2013 | World
Trita Parsi

While America's relationship with Israel is important, Chuck Hagel is being considered for Secretary of Defense of the United States, not Israel. Whether he would be good for Israel or not cannot be a central concern -- and certainly not the cause to preemptively slander and dismiss this decorated soldier.

Gaza's Bloodshed Now Demands Unity of Fatah and Hamas

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.24.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Renewed regional and international attention requires Palestinians to step up and present a more unified position regarding the formulas that are needed to help provide a political answer to the violence.

US's Last Chance: Reconciliation With Pashtuns

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

A genuine peace arrangement between the West and the Pashtun could build an iron wall in Afghanistan for Western geopolitical strategy in the region, as well as a prosperous future for the tortured Afghan nation.

Regarding Tonight's Debate

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Tonight's presidential debate will focus on foreign policy. As we listen to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates it is worth saying that a thoughtful foreign policy isn't about who can drop the most bombs.

Fortress Algeria

Geoff D. Porter | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Geoff D. Porter

To understand why the U.S. sees Algeria as such an attractive solution to North African and Saharan instability, and to understand how many Algerians view their own country, it is useful to sketch a rough portrait.

Rethinking U.S. Relations With Dictators

Daniel Calingaert | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
Daniel Calingaert

U.S. interests are best served by pushing for reform and building ties with the political opposition and civil society, including possible future leaders. These ties can lay the groundwork for continued influence and facilitate smooth transitions to democracy.

The Top Three National Security Issues for Our Next President: Attention Convention Attendees

Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld | Posted 10.31.2012 | World
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld

As the political parties convene in Tampa and Charlotte for pre-game huddles, the American people might want to look beyond the trash talk and victory dances. What should be the first plays our next Commander-in-Chief runs?

Fayyad's Election Initiative

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

After more than five years since Gaza seceded and the failure of repeated attempts at reconciliation, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has decided to introduce his own initiative.

Building Constituencies for Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 09.23.2012 | Arts
Philip Seib

Cultural diplomacy has avid supporters partly because this facet of public diplomacy usually is not controversial and has a high feel-good quotient. Sending an orchestra to China has value because each such venture opens doors and minds.

China's Top Paper Slams Clinton

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2012 | World

BEIJING, July 12 (Reuters) - China's top newspaper slammed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday for comments she made lauding democra...

Iran: The Solution Is There But the Trust Is Not

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The level of distrust between the United States and Iran is so high that it obscures what would seem to be a reasonable way of working things out on the nuclear issue.

Brazil's Cry for Argentina Makes 'Social Equality' an Issue for Obama and Romney

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 04.25.2012 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Brazil's financial markets and domestic policies may feel some unexpected turbulence being dragged into the slipstream of President Obama's presidential election campaign.

Wealth, Prosperity and Longevity (Part I)

Blythe McGarvie | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business
Blythe McGarvie

Understanding how to work in different cultures, while not giving up your own belief system, will separate the mountain climbers who make it to the summit from those that are stuck at base camp -- and from those who plunge to their demise.

Bolivia, Expropriation and Chutzpah

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.19.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Morales has the chutzpah, and three Wall Street institutions have the temerity, to issue bonds for a government that has personified 21st century Latin American socialism and continues a time honored tradition of expropriating foreign-owned assets.