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Barbara Lee Pushes to End U.S.-Iran Silent Treatment

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.23.2012 | World
Jamal Abdi

While the entire foreign policy establishment in Washington is running around in circles trying to figure out the magic solution to crack the U.S.-Iran riddle, the two governments aren't even allowed to talk to each other at the most basic levels.

Haiti Reconstruction: Dreams Abound...(update)

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Haiti is turning into a tabula rasa, especially for foreigners, almost virgin territory on which to imagine earthquake-proof dwellings, decent employment and health and education for all.

Afghanistan: Echoes of Vietnam

Foreign Policy Roundtable | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Foreign Policy Roundtable

Now that U.S. involvement in Iraq has finally begun to require fewer resources, Afghanistan is the new focus of anti-war sentiment, and increasingly Obama's critics are drawing on the analogy of Vietnam.

Obama's Team Stumbling Into Afghanistan Trap

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Throwing more troops into the mess in Afghanistan is the kind of mistake that the previous administration would make. Obama needs to show that he has learned something of those mistakes.