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International Relations

China Offers Show Of Support For North Korea

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2012 | World

BEIJING, Aug 17 (Reuters) - China's President Hu Jintao on Friday met the powerful uncle of North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un, ...

Letter to the President re: Cuban 5

Mike Farrell | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Mike Farrell

It is an act of profound hypocrisy for our government to continue the incarceration of these heroic men who put themselves at risk to stop the very terrorism we claim to find so abhorrent.

Peace vs. Justice: The Diminishing Importance of Diplomacy with the Emergence of International Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Kip Hale

While the case-by-case circumstances of each conflict always matters, the question remains what standard playbook should the global community employ when confronted with the mass perpetration of international crimes?

Moving Beyond the Mafia State

Michael Busch | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Michael Busch

Happily, political scientists and others have crafted a wide variety of analytical tools with which to understand the world of international politics. It's time to be smarter and more deliberate in applying them to the threat of transnational organized crime.

Time for a Different Way of Thinking About National Security

Manochehr Dorraj | Posted 08.07.2012 | College
Manochehr Dorraj

When most Americans think about national security, they consider wars abroad and fighting terrorists. National security is perceived to be the responsibility of the military and intelligence forces.

Cultural Diplomacy and Construction of Trust

Philip Seib | Posted 08.05.2012 | World
Philip Seib

Nearly everyone likes cultural diplomacy in principle, but some remain skeptical about its value. It is seen by many as soft power at its softest, safe and fuzzy, with more aesthetic rewards than diplomatic ones.

ICC Turns Ten: A Measure of Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Kip Hale

In this tenth year of the ICC, it is an appropriate time to take stock of the Court's progress in its primary mission: end impunity through the just rule of law.

Abdullah Gul: Egyptian Muslims Should Not Fear Secularism

Nathan Gardels | Posted 07.25.2012 | World
Nathan Gardels

"Turkey's position on Iran's nuclear program is crystal clear: We are categorically opposed to the presence of weapons of mass destruction in our region. Attempts to develop or acquire WMDs might well trigger a regional arms race."

Palestinian Attitudes Toward Israel

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

A third intifada could have disastrous consequences for all parties involved. Yet it remains unclear if a new uprising would be directed against Palestinian leaders for failing to deliver realistic change and reform or against Israel -- or both.

'The Governments Had Better Get Out of the Way'

Annelle Sheline | Posted 05.07.2012 | World
Annelle Sheline

A video dialogue took place between American students at the College of Charleston, and Egyptian students, primarily from the American University in Cairo. Discussion centered on the students' experiences of the Arab Spring, as well as Egypt's on-going political transition.

What People of Conscience Need to Know about Norway

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

Norway has never posed a direct threat to Israel nor has it advocated Israel's liquidation. However, many in its government, and some large businesses, have recently displayed a pattern of strong anti-Israel and often anti-Semitic attitudes.

The Clerics and the Islamic Republic of Iran: Unique Narrative of the Arab Citizens Revolt

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

For most of the world, the Arab Spring has meant the Arab people's struggle for democracy, rule of law and freedom of expression as well as government transparency and accountability. Iranian leaders have explained the Arab uprisings with their own unique narrative.

Confessions of a Development Dilettante

Ming Holden | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home
Ming Holden

Could the artist's fidelity to the information of the body offer a kind of perspective on and practice of development work that might well fit the 21st century?

The Best Policy Depends on the Context, Not the Political Party

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Paul Heroux

By targeting risk factors and having specific solutions, we can expect to prevent most crime before we have to punish it. Be wary when you hear politicians promoting one-step solutions to crime. The real world is complicated and so are the solutions.

Subduing Pakistan: China's Chance for Leadership

Aziz Nayani | Posted 06.04.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

The Chinese, much like the rest of the world, need a stable, internationally cooperative Pakistan. Its unique relationship with the country provides it the ability to shape and influence the alliance so that Islamabad does not become an international pariah.

Failing States

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Failing states are failing states. The difference between over there and over here, however, is that we have been stacking the deck against ourselves.

Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Autonomy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Philip Seib

For foreign policy strategists, cultural diplomacy has great value as a trust-builder, providing groundwork on which broader, non-arts initiatives can be constructed.

America in Afghanistan: Do Good Intentions Justify Our Presence?

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.15.2012 | World
Paul Heroux

Afghanistan's president called the murder of 16 Afghans an "unforgivable" crime. What will be the repercussions of one solider to all U.S. soldiers in the country? Is it worth it to be there any longer?

The Potential Nuclear Hazard We Aren't Talking About -- Pakistan

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.13.2012 | World
Paul Heroux

Considering all that has been mentioned about Pakistan, it is a country that is going to be relevant over the next four years and beyond; a president must know a lot about Pakistan's internal affairs and about its relations with our allies and competitors.

In A G-Zero World, It's Every Nation For Itself

Devin Stewart | Posted 05.09.2012 | Books
Devin Stewart

"This book is not about the decline of the West," political scientist Ian Bremmer assures us in the introduction of his new book. "Nor is this a book about the rise of China and other emerging markets." Well, that's a relief.

Should the U.S. Guarantee Israel's Security Against Iran?

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Paul Heroux

There are no good options. The least bad option is to fully utilize the dual approach of sanctions and diplomacy and to guarantee Israel's safety in exchange for Israel not striking Iran.

What is the Purpose of the Arab League?

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

For most Arab League nations, a strong military has primarily guaranteed that the ruling strongman will maintain power.

Hollywood as Global Public Square

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.30.2012 | Entertainment
Nathan Gardels

Unsuspectingly, Sunday night's Academy Awards turned into a kind of prism of global politics as Oscars were given out to Iranian and Pakistani films as well as to a film produced by a French director with French actors financed with French subsidies.

U.S.-Egypt Relations on the Rocks

James Zogby | Posted 04.12.2012 | World
James Zogby

The U.S.-Egypt relationship is on the rocks. If it is to be salvaged, both sides will need to change course and pay attention to the concerns of their respective publics, both of whom now hold negative views of each other.

Was 9/11 Really a Call to War?

Ocean Robbins | Posted 03.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ocean Robbins

Our world changed forever on 9/11, in ways we are barely beginning to understand. Yet what, really, was the meaning of that dreadful day? And what does it mean to us today?