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Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

Henry Kissinger: The Monster Hillary Clinton Admires

Dan Arel | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Dan Arel

When it comes to foreign policy, Hillary Clinton says she has a clear mentor. The former secretary of state, Henry Kissinger. The man that Christopher Hitchens said should be tried for war crimes in his book, The Trial of Henry Kissinger.

Bernie Sanders Rips Hillary Clinton For Citing The Admiration Of Henry Kissinger

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for boasting about the praise of former Secretary of State Henry...

Friday Talking Points -- Toss of a Coin

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats are down to a head-to-head contest, which was on full display last night. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made their respective cases fairly well, and the jostling between them for position was notable.

Is It Time For America to Surrender Taiwan?

Peter Navarro | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

Last week's landslide election of Tsai Ing-wen to Taiwan's presidency represents the strongest repudiation of China's authoritarian claim to the island since Lee Teng-hui became Taiwan's first democratically-elected president in 1996.

The United Nations and the World Order

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Dr Ion Jinga

In the last days of 2015, I read Henry Kissinger's World Order (Penguin Books, 2015). A legend and a titan of world diplomacy, Mr. Kissinger continues to inspire political leaders, foreign policy analysts and diplomats.

Goodbye Lindsey, and the Hillary Doctrine

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The big news today was that Senator Lindsey Graham has decided to drop out of the presidential nomination race. But recently, what has surprised me even more, is one Hillary Clinton quote in particular about the Middle East that hasn't gotten any media attention at all.

Pass or Fail? Profs Grade GOP Foreign Policy Debate

The Conversation US | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

Two weeks after a terrorist attack in California, the GOP candidates for president met to discuss foreign policy. We asked two national security experts to grade the ideas they expressed.

Human Rights and Justice for All: A 21st Century Foreign Policy Doctrine

Atif Choudhury | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Atif Choudhury

"Our government has failed to denounce the suppression of democracy. Our government has failed to denounce atrocities." Thus began the opening lines ...

Yellow Ribbons and Endless War

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our official policy is endless bombing, endless war. No matter how much suffering it causes and no matter how poorly it serves any rational objectives, our official response to geopolitical trouble of every sort is to bomb it into compliance with our alleged interests.

How Air Strikes Fail and Why Washington Never Notices

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In these years, air power has, in fact, been closely associated with one fiasco or policy disappointment after another. To take a single recent example: President Obama began his "no boots on the ground" air campaign against ISIS and its "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq in September 2014.

Kissinger, the Bombardier: How Diplomacy by Air Power Became an All-American Tradition

Greg Grandin | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Greg Grandin

Henry Kissinger is, of course, not singularly responsible for the evolution of the U.S. national security state into a monstrosity. That state has had many administrators. But his example has coursed through the decades, shedding a spectral light on the road that has brought us to a state of eternal war.

WATCH: Was Young Kissinger An Idealist?

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

If you look closely at Henry Kissinger’s senior thesis at Harvard and his early writings when he was far from the realms of power, would you co...

Putin's Airstrikes on Syria Are Not What You Think

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

Since Russian President Vladamir Putin began his military air campaign in Syria last week, Western media has been clamoring to explain his motivation. Most of the analysis so far has been incomplete or half-baked at best.

Kissinger Revisited

Michael Brenner | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The more cutting debate about Kissinger and his works has to do with his conduct rather than his philosophy.

The Carnation Revolution: A Peaceful Coup in Portugal

ADST | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
ADST

On April 25, 1974, Portugal experienced a coup like no other. In an era characterized by the clash of ideologies and power players, the nearly bloodless revolution became known as the Carnation Revolution.

President Donald Trump Holds First News Conference

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 09.30.2015 | Comedy
Arnold Steinberg

My lawyer is Jewish. I like Jews. Many of them, just like the Saudis, buy apartments from me. I can unite Jews and Arabs. I know how to do it! And the biggest Chinese bank is one of my tenants. I love the Chinese. They love me. Mel Gibson has a Trump condo, but many Jews work for me. Ivanka works for me. I love Israel.

Henry the K and Me

Nick Turse | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

I once listened to the man who helped prolong the Vietnam War for half a decade declare that its "tragedy" lay in the fact "that the faith of Americans in each other became destroyed in the process."

Debacle, Inc.: How Henry Kissinger Helped Create Our 'Proliferated' World

Greg Grandin | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Greg Grandin

The 92-year-old Kissinger has a long history of involvement in Iran and his recent opposition to Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal, while relatively subdued by present Washington standards, matters. In it lies a certain irony, given his own largely unexamined record in the region.

KENTPRESENTS Provocative Topics
Summer School Vacation

Sharon Hoge | Posted 09.21.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Normally the Kent School campus bustles with students of high school age but for two and a half days this summer the students were adults spending "vacation" days studying "What Comes Next" at the KentPresents ideas forum wrangling with subjects from cybersecurity to cancer to criminal justice.

Opening the Books on the Cold War

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.09.2015 | World
José Ramos-Horta

The Broncos, widely used in the Vietnam war, were delivered to Indonesia in 1977-1978, when the slaughter of the Timorese civilian population was at its worst. Torture and mass executions were commonplace. Political prisoners were dropped live from helicopters; entire villages purposely starved to death and more. Most Americans are little aware of either of these events.

Trump Excels at Business, But He Has No Business in International Politics

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Shammas

Business isn't simple; foreign policy isn't either. If Trump wants to be taken seriously by the general electorate, he should demonstrate the nuanced understanding of foreign policy exemplified by candidates ranging from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton.

Wordsmithing in the Fires of Olympus: Writing Speeches for Henry Kissinger

ADST | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
ADST

Words are the tools of diplomacy. When done well, high-flung rhetoric can help define an era. With a foreign policy doyen like Henry Kissinger, the stakes were even higher, as he viewed speeches as not just a means to enunciate existing policy, but an opportunity to create new policy.

How Donald Trump May Just Rescue the Republican Party

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Ali A. Rizvi

If anything, Trump is possibly the most liberal conservative the GOP has seen in decades.

The 1975 AIA Building Hostage Crisis in Kuala Lumpur

ADST | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
ADST

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