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The Upside of Financial Crises

Joshua S. Goldstein | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Joshua S. Goldstein

What do Indonesia's General Suharto and Italy's Silvio Berlusconi have in common? Both were corrupt national leaders who stayed in office too long and finally lost power as a result of financial crises. These kinds of crises are ugly and painful, but bring about overdue reforms.

UN Security Council: Don't Let the Syrian Failure Become an Arab Failure

Dr. Peter Wittig | Posted 12.14.2011 | World
Dr. Peter Wittig

Since spring, a wind of change has been blowing through the Arab world. Last week it again reached the shores of Turtle Bay. But this time it turned into a sudden chill.

InterZona Urban Art

Carmen Zella | Posted 12.12.2011 | Arts
Carmen Zella


Putin's Running. What a Surprise... Not!

Beth Knobel | Posted 11.25.2011 | World
Beth Knobel

Ever since Putin gave up his office in 2008 because he had served the maximum two terms allowed by the Russian constitution, Russians have been saying that he'd be back. And as usual, Russian folk wisdom has turned out to be right.

10 Years Ago: A Letter To My American Friends

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Tihomir Kukolja

Ever since September 11, I've been asking myself: How does a vision of Christ who has embraced all, including Muslims, influence the way I relate to other people today?

U.S. Strategy After 9/11: Ruminations on a Lost Decade

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

September 11 removed us further from our liberal traditions, which had once considered undue government surveillance as a violation of civil liberties, while a previously unimaginable concept like torture suddenly became a topic worthy of "debate."

A Decade of 9/11: Past, Present and Future

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | World
Paul Heroux

A decade after 9/11, where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going?

The Solar Soldier Is No Fad

William S. Becker | Posted 10.08.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

If the military achieves its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals, we'll see significant environmental benefits from the world's largest institutional energy consumer.

"The Truth Comes Out in Honduras": A Response from the Center for Constitutional Rights

Vincent Warren | Posted 10.08.2011 | World
Vincent Warren

On July 25, 2011, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed on Honduras. CCR staff member Laura Raymond responded with this letter, which was not published.

Curtis M. Wong

Encouraging Inner City Teens To Be Politically Active | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.24.2011 | Impact

A passion for both activism and global affairs came naturally to Scott Warren, who lived throughout Latin America and Africa growing up. Finding like-...

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...