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The Iran Deal, Munich and Lessons From Versailles

Michael Zucker | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Zucker

July's Iran nuclear deal stands as one of the most significant foreign policy achievements of this or any recent administration. It rejects a Munich replication and builds on the lessons of Versailles while eliminating many of its pitfalls.

Senator Schumer's Position on the Iran Nuclear Deal: Knowledge or Error?

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

This essay casts the following questions in a systems analysis paradigm: What if Senator Schumer's is wrong in his assessment? What would be the consequences of that erroneous viewpoint and blunder?

Laudato Si, Westphalia, and a New Old Principle of Governance

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

History abounds with the problems of creating global governance. Think about how the League of Nations failed, giving way to the United Nations. Look at the establishment of the Eurozone, and the convulsions brought on by the Greek financial crisis. Getting people to the table is hard.

Roosevelt's Final Legacy -- The UN

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

The United Nations, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, was the idee fixe of an American president, Franklin Roosevelt.

How It Was To Be: FDR and the UN's San Francisco Founding Conference, 70 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As the dignitaries and delegates from 50 nations made their way the evening of April 25th, 1945 into the San Francisco Opera House for the opening of the founding conference of the United Nations, they encountered a stage redolent of an Enlightenment aesthetic. It contained four golden pillars.

Iraq, Syria, and Today's Other Killfests: The Great War as the Tragic Gift that Keeps on Giving

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

The morning of June 28, 1914 dawned bright for most Europeans. By sunset a geopolitical cataclysm loomed. World War I demonstrated the importance of saying no. Any of the great powers could have stopped the march toward war. America could have refused to join the parade after it started. The world would have been a better place had one or all done so. Today, Washington is filled with routine proposals for new interventions: bombing campaigns, foreign invasions, and military occupations. Most seem unlikely to trigger a new world war. But a century ago no one expected an assassination in a distant Balkan province to do so either. That is reason enough for Americans to make war truly a last resort.

Minority Rights and the Killing of Trayvon Martin

William K. Barth | Posted 09.21.2013 | Los Angeles
William K. Barth

Race alone is not enough to explain the outcome of the Martin Zimmerman trial. We need also to understand the plight of minority groups qua groups if we are to prevent future tragic killings.

Trash-Talking America

William E. White | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
William E. White

If we ever hope to sponsor a productive debate in this country, we will have to spend as much time listening as we do talking. Grandstanding, posturing, and trash-talking the country is not helping.

Will Senate Republicans Produce Another International Disaster?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

An important explanation for GOP opposition to the New START is that its implementation would be popular and, therefore, redound to Obama's political benefit.

Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Laureate: Whatever Happened to Awarding for Deeds Actually Done?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Russnow

It is enormously premature for Obama to be getting this great tribute, which to a certain extent cheapens the prior recipients and the work all of them performed over so many years.

The Big Dollar Bustout ... Is Too Big To Fail Still an Option?

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Ehrmann

With efforts to rebrand America's national identity in the electronic media falling flat like a bad online date, taking away the dollar's too big to fail status might be the better wake up call.

The Academic Man's Burden

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Academics are laggards, eternal followers that lack the ability to innovate and continue to inhabit a world of quantitative models oftentimes not descriptive of today's reality.

Diamonds Are Not Forever

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Botswana is an example of how to wisely administer a natural resource endowment.

We'll Always Have Tara

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald Sindell

When we finally do achieve health care restructuring, I hope that some of us will take a moment to look at that powerful human preference for the status quo over anything else.

McCain's "League," and Obama's Debate Dilemma

John Wihbey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wihbey

Tonight, Obama will have a chance to take a swing at what is McCain's potentially most radical idea: the creation of a "league of democracies" that critics say could effectively subvert the United Nations.

McCain, Obama on International Diplomacy and Immigration

Eliza Margarita Bates and Cara Zwerling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eliza Margarita Bates and Cara Zwerling

Over the course of this week, OffTheBus will be running a primer on some of the most important foreign policy issues the next president will face. Today, the primer looks at where Obama and McCain stand on international diplomacy and immigration.

Call a League a League

Deborah Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Derrick

Excluding the Russians, the Chinese, and others from international institutions does not change the fact that we need a global consensus; it just makes it harder to obtain.