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Learning From the Girls

Christopher Holshek | Posted 09.18.2011 | Sports
Christopher Holshek

Last Sunday's Women's World Cup final was a triumph, regardless of the outcome. You can tell a lot about a country and a culture by its sports.

America's New Isolationism

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

Should we exert force abroad for the national interest? (And how do we define national interest?) When and where should we use force for a humanitarian cause? Or should the U.S. withdraw from the international theater to focus on challenges at home?

Laura Gottesdiener

WATCH: The New Symbol Of International Diplomacy Wears A Girls Soccer Jersey | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 08.07.2011 | Sports

Snippets of seven different languages and more than a dozen soccer balls flew across the expansive field of the Players Development Academy in Zarepha...

It's Different in Denmark

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 07.24.2011 | Travel
Terry Kelhawk

When excitement slacks for a moment, imagine those around you Viking-clad and holding a bloody spear. But this century, courtesy rules.

Drone Strikes Imperil U.S.-Pakistan Ties | JANE PERLEZ | Posted 06.18.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The differences between the United States and Pakistan that broke into the open last week over the scale of C.I.A. operations h...

Faith Diplomacy's Importance Is Growing

Philip Seib | Posted 05.31.2011 | Religion
Philip Seib

The world is becoming more religious, and to pretend otherwise limits the effectiveness of foreign policy.

Mexico's Governance at a Crossroads

Matt Brady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Brady

As a result of the Mexican government's failure to protect its citizens from expanding organized crime, Freedom House's 2011 survey downgrades Mexico from Free to Partly Free.

The Koepenick Syndrome: Is the United States the New Prussia?

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Military leaders have long held a Prussian-like prestige in the United States.

TAHRIR: History Living in Us

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

Hope blossoms from the nothingness of the deserts,/ And the winding, crowded alley-ways of old medians and Casbahs across the Arab world.

Ros-Lehtinen's Gauntlet

Don Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Kraus

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the new Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has thrown down her gauntlet. In her first briefing as ch...

Aircraft Carriers and Chinese Missiles: Time to Rethink U.S. Naval Doctrine

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

According to a new report, the Chinese military is exploiting the strict adherence of the United States to a naval doctrine based on the aircraft carrier.

As Latin America Changes, Will the U.S. Policy Debate?

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

Latin America is at its most divided, ideologically and in its economic trajectories. Do we have the intellectual tools and framework to deal with it?

Keep the U.S. Response to Global Humanitarian Disasters Impartial

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Samuel A. Worthington

The QDDR contains many positive elements. The InterAction community is hopeful that it will lead to greater collaboration between USAID and the Department of State to enable the U.S. to respond effectively to humanitarian emergencies and the needs of vulnerable people.

WikiLeaks Documents: World Leaders, Nations React To Cablegate (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Though WikiLeaks' unprecedented release of U.S. classified documents has proved embarrassing both to U.S. leaders and their foreign counterparts, the ...

Leaders SLAMMED In WikiLeaks Wires: Which Slip Stings Most?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WikiLeaks' unprecedented release of classified material is embarrassing U.S. leaders and their foreign counterparts alike, with unflattering and often...

Giving Treaties the Short Shrift

Diane Marie Amann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Marie Amann

What to make of James P. Rubin 's blithe "Farewell to the Age of the Treaty"? In a New York Times op-ed yesterday Rubin, a State Department spokesper...

Magnitsky and Russia's Opportunity Cost

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Lawlessness has been working out pretty well for Putin -- when courts don't work, and when the investigators are specialized in inventing cases rather than solving crimes, the Kremlin becomes the ultimate arbiter in the system.

Walid Makled: First threat to the Santos-Chavez Lovefest

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel D. Hirst

It is in the interest of both Colombia and the U.S. that a Venezuelan drug kingpin be tried for his alleged crimes in New York. The information he could provide would be invaluable in the ongoing fight against drug trafficking.

China Plays Down U.S. Tensions At U.N. Summit

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao expressed optimism Wednesday that the United States and China would resolve major trade frictions, even as...

The Social Construction of Controversy

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

If elite manipulation of the construction of an Islamic center caused the conflict, then correcting the media market to allow for a diversity of viewpoints is the solution.

Andrew Bacevich: how war without end became the rule (VIDEO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

Andrew Bacevich is the soldier turned writer who's still unlearning and puncturing the Washington Rules of national security. The rules have turned i...

Obama Remains Popular In Europe -- See The Survey Results

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While he may be struggling on the home front, President Obama's remains widely popular across Europe, although his approval rating has dipped a little...

Teaching for a Shared Future: American Educators Need to Think Globally

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

American students' lack of knowledge about the world is unsettling. While debate over the building of the Islamic Cultural Center has made headlines, the majority of college-bound seniors cannot find Iraq or Israel on a map.

Chaos in Caracas: Chavez Says U.S. Hastening Plans to Attack

John H. Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John H. Tucker

Chávez's socialist government is in no danger of losing the majority, but opposition parties are making inroads. In desperate need of diversion, Chávez has created a state of high alert.

UN Drug Policy in the Dark Ages

David Borden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Borden

A program which merely moves production and trafficking of drugs from place to place is not a program that actually helps people. UN drug policy needs to move out from the dark ages.