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Draining The Swamp In The State Department

Renee Parsons | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Renee Parsons

If there is one hopeful sign in the Presidency of Donald Trump, it is his pledge to “drain the swamp” as it relates to those special insider inter...

To Improve Human Wellbeing, It's Time to Get Serious About Transparency

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Community and collective action matter. The dream is for all civil society organizations to look beyond their individual projects and work collectivel...

Invite A Muslim To Thanksgiving Dinner

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Muslims overwhelmingly have denounced acts of terrorism, and are in fact the greatest victims of terrorism around the world. Just as Christians are not responsible for extremist Christians, the same is so for Muslims.

"Live and Let Live" Has Two Parts

Robin Koerner | Posted 11.15.2016 | Politics
Robin Koerner

If we in the West must feel so guilty, let's feel guilty about the children we've killed in Muslim lands -- rather than about protecting ourselves from "Muslims" -- and others -- who would kill us in our own.

Policy Alternatives for Central America in Conflict and Crisis

Noah Bullock | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Noah Bullock

The media spotlight has all but moved on from the recently white-hot humanitarian crisis on the Southern U.S. border involving upwards of 60,000 child refugees from Central America. Sadly, the region has faded from the headlines, but the conditions on the ground that force families from their homes persist.

The Fallacy of Failed States

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Suchitra Vijayan

A critique of the annual Failed (Fragile) State Index by Fund for Peace "There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance th...

The 5 Most Important Findings in the New Harvard Youth Poll

Alex Wirth | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Alex Wirth

By a margin of 3 to 1, young Americans believe the United States should let other counties and the United Nations take the lead in solving international crises.

Eyes Off the Afghan Election

Adam Cohen | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Adam Cohen

Just because the odds are against a successful outcome in Afghanistan does not mean the United States should wash its hands of it now.

The Politics of Interim, Confidence Building Agreements

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

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.

Imagining Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Joseph B. Kadane

We believe that this agreement opens the way for a new era in the Holy Land, one based on mutual respect. We hope and believe that peace and prosperity will ensue.

Playing With Fire

Michael Farr | Posted 02.02.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

As rates begin to rise in anticipation of Fed "tapering," we would expect an eventual reversal as economic indicators begin to deteriorate. In other words, there is a ceiling on the pace of this economic recovery until deleveraging runs its course (which could be a long while).

Will Pakistan's New Foreign Policy Work?

Kiran Nazish | Posted 07.14.2012 | World
Kiran Nazish

The new world capital for Pakistan is Kabul and that is because, as the foreign office puts it, stability and peace in Pakistan is partially dependent on the events outside of Pakistan.

Closing the Digital Divide

John M. Eger | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Like payroll software, which every enterprise needs, why can't we provide these forms of instruction through Cyber-Schools?

The Violence is Horrifying, Let's Do Something About It

Ritu Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ritu Sharma

Violence against women is one of the most compelling causes of our time. New legislation in Congress could make battling that violence a U.S. foreign policy priority.

Resume the Mission

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gary Hart

The more plausible alternative in Afghanistan is to resume the original limited mission, the one that took us there eight long years ago.

Do Arabs See Israel as a Permanent Fact?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

A recent article in the New York Times sums up all that is wrong with the Obama administration's posture toward Israel.

Reestablishing American Power

The Progress Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Progress Report

In a major speech Wednesday, Clinton described a vision of American power embedded within a robust system of multilateral institutions: "smart power."

Obama's Speech... A 'New Beginning' Indeed!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

The president seemed to know every little detail in the 'What Upsets Arabs' booklet and tackled them one by one.

GOP Cedes Foreign Policy To Obama, At Loss For Coherent Critique

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During his first 45 days in office, President Obama has made several sharp departures from the foreign policies of the Bush administration that were s...

We've Arrived at a Moment of Decision

Al Gore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Al Gore

As the demand for oil worldwide grows rapidly over the longer term, even as the rate of new discoveries is falling, it is increasingly obvious that the roller coaster is headed for a crash. And we're in the front car.

Why The Candidates Shouldn't Care What Kissinger Thinks

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

It would seem only in the field of foreign policy can people be so utterly wrong all the time yet still retain their jobs and endowed chairs and still be courted by presidential candidates.

What Do Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney have in Common?

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Omid Memarian

Both love hunting. It's not clear how this ties into their social and political values, particularly when it comes to foreign policy. But, it is a commonality. Both love guns -- one locally, the other globally.

Talking Does Not Make a Foreign Policy

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

I believe talking and diplomacy are a good ideas, and a vast improvement over the Bush administration's bankrupt unilateralism. But they are merely means to an end. The question is: to what end?

McCain's Cigarette Gaffe: A Cold Blood Commander-In-Chief?

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Omid Memarian

Unlike most of veterans who respect human lives due to their profound and extraordinary experiences at wars, McCain's joking about people's lives is a disastrous trait for a president.

Why Junior and McClone Won't Talk to Enemies

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Slater

Refusing to communicate simply hobbles your foreign policy. We never stopped talking to the Soviet Union during the Cold War -- if we hadn't, probably none of us would be alive to have this discussion.