Not on President Obama's oversight agenda: The troubling ramp up of military and counterterror assistance to these countries and the human rights abuses committed by these same actors. It should be.
The direct human cost of conflict must be of paramount concern, but addressing these two issues is not mutually exclusive: Collateral cultural losses are often the result of neglect, not mis-prioritization of resources.
The issues surrounding political change in Syria are multifaceted and much more intricate than is being reported in the western media, yet the conflict continues to be painted in simplistic black and white terms.
As national security advisor, she doesn't have to be a natural diplomat with a gift of politesse. She has to be smart, analytical, articulate, and hard-working. And she has to have the confidence of the president. Which she clearly does.
It is not surprising that the power of technology available to support post-conflict humanitarian action vastly surpasses the ability of governments, ...
Ordinary Syrians are paying the price for the maladroit handling of the earlier intervention in Libya -- and indeed in Iraq. Blair and Bush's great adventure in Iraq understandably soured the enthusiasm of much of the world for intervention in general.
Many in Washington now dismiss further assistance to Libya as useless: the Libyans themselves are fractious and have limited 'absorbtive capacity.' At the same time, it is wrong to say we have no influence in Libya, or that we have no means of increasing that capacity.
As an oil-rich nation reeling from the effects of region-wide jihadist militancy, the stakes could not be higher.
Obama poses an excellent question: Why put together a spin program that will fall apart in a few days? For that is exactly what happened.
NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel spoke with Allen Grubman, senior partner of Grubman, Indursky, Shire & Meiselas P.C. at 92Y on Apri...
America's motives for intervening in Syria, as they were in World War II, might be a mix of humanitarian ideals and selfish agendas, but that does not mean that we should shy away from our responsibility to others or to ourselves.
A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.
If no story is worth a life, then why is murder the number one cause of journalists' deaths worldwide? In addition to those who have been killed, dozens have been attacked, kidnapped, or forced into exile in connection with their coverage of crime and corruption.
The big problem -- not just for Obama, but for America -- is that there simply aren't a whole lot of good options in Syria. So I thought it'd be worthwhile to go through them, in the spirit of Bush's "decider room."
Afghanistan never rose in the first place, and is again increasing its heroin production. We've never gotten a grip on the Arab Spring. Who knows where Egypt and Yemen are headed?