With more than 80 percent of the global population affiliated with a religion, Kerry's ability to engage religious issues and actors will be vital to the success of his diplomacy.
So Hillary, this week, as we celebrate those we love, my wish is that you uncork the bubbly, have some chocolate, hug that fabulous husband of yours and feel the love you have earned from your fans.
So what does all this latest angry maneuvering around former Senator Chuck Hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense amount to? Not that much, actually.
We've been talking about our hopes for a woman president since... well, since as long as I can remember. And for much of that time -- as with any long-sought dream -- the fantasy never quite lived up to the reality.
This year, in lieu of a traditional valentine, I am penning this online love letter to some of the most inspiring women in public service. Women leading from Congress to the Cabinet? That's sweet.
PINCs -- Partnerships, Initiatives, Networks, and Coalitions -- are a key element of the "new architecture" for a "new world" that Hillary Clinton called for in her farewell speech as secretary of state.
Given his service as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry is presumably familiar with the challenges and opportunities of public diplomacy. The question is, what priority will he assign to it, in terms of his personal emphasis and the department's allocation of resources?
If you ever wonder what diplomats do or whether a policy goal on an issue like LGBT equality of a U.S. president matters in countries beyond our shores, wonder no more.
On February 1, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped down after four years of intrepid service at the State Department. In my book, she was the official who inserted state-owned enterprises into the American vocabulary
The Open Book Project, which Clinton announced in one of her final acts of diplomacy last week, is a concept that some might call naïve and others, brilliant.
Cantor softens GOP rhetoric -- a start? Obama tries a permanent campaign of aggressive, progressive governance -- that succeeding? And the famous and tired Secretary of State leaves after one term to ponder a presidential bid -- worked for Jefferson, will it for Hillary?
The GOP can try to repackage their party by reaching out to all demographics. But, for many Americans, the GOP is just the same old party.
It's undeniable that we are facing a pivotal moment in our foreign policy -- a moment reminiscent of the post-World War II era, the Cold War "new world order," and the years following 9/11. But the only thing experts agree on is that we are facing this moment, not how to approach it.
Despite recent meaningful national and international discussions on women's economic, political, and educational opportunities, little has been said about whether the promotion and protection of women and girls abroad will remain a key policy priority for a Kerry-led State Department.
The 94-3 Senate vote confirming John Kerry as our new Secretary of State is, in that regard, a remarkably unifying, indeed affirming, action as I see it. Not a thing to do with gender, race, God, age or political party: simply the most qualified American for the job.
It's OK to be unapologetically awesome.