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Our Chance to Show What America Means

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Kurt Michael Friese

At what point did we conclude that Americans should walk the earth unmolested, but that we need not concern ourselves with the plights of others? Was it when al Qaeda attacked us?

Tourists of Empire

William J. Astore | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
William J. Astore

The United States is a peculiar sort of empire. Americans have been in what might be called imperial denial since the Spanish-American War of 1898. The U.S. not only denies its imperial ambitions, but shrouds them in a curiously American brand of Christianized liberation theology.

The European Union Should Levy a Financial Transaction Tax to Fund a "Marshall Plan" for Refugees

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 09.27.2015 | World
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Considering that we are faced with a situation which is totally unprecedented since the Second World War, We call on the states of the European Union to come to an agreement and take action. An adequate response is urgent if we want to prevent a dangerous rise in racism and xenophobia.

America's Biggest Enemy Is Neither China nor Russia -- It's Us

William H. Overholt | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
William H. Overholt

The gravest threat to American global leadership is neither Russia nor China but continued interest group-driven congressional abandonment of the kind of balanced strategy that won the Cold War.

Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

David Miles | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
David Miles

The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.

Message to Merkel: Think Outside the Box

Oliver R. Goodenough | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Oliver R. Goodenough

The Greek debt crisis is a collision of two seemingly incompatible necessities. One is to put the Greek economy into a position for long term health; the other is to keep it from expiring in the short term. If these are to be reconciled, the players in Europe need to think outside the box, rather than retreat into bluster, blame, and the repetition of old positions.

Marshall's Speech and Winning the Peace

William Lambers | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

On June 5, 1947 America's greatest peace adventure got started with a speech by Secretary of State George C. Marshall. It was a commencement address at Harvard University. It set in motion a masterful plan to rebuild Europe from the ashes of World War II.

Where Are Today's "Best and Brightest"?

Charles Kolb | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Charles Kolb

Obama may have disliked some of Churchill's activities earlier in his career, but there can be little question that during the West's darkest hour in several centuries, it was Winston Churchill who saved civilization. We face similar challenges today.

Celebrity Politicians Offer Development Aid for the Ukraine

Cherno Jobatey | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Cherno Jobatey

One has to ask why it took 26 years, a civil war with regional secessions that haunted a nation, and the loss of so many lives until Ukrainians, and particularly the elite, were finally aware of what it takes to have a functioning state system.

A Marshall Plan for Ukraine

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

If, in 200 days, your suggestions and proposals are persuasive enough to convince the world to invest massively in the birth of the new Ukraine, you will have helped to make Ukraine another Poland or another Czech Republic. You will have heeded the call of your brothers and sisters and opened to them the doors of Europe.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.

The Future of Europe

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Think about it. One hundred years back Europe started The Great War. No need to repeat what everyone can read today on Wikipedia.

A Marshall Plan for Ukraine

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Saying that "Ukraine is empowered to join Europe" is an empty phrase. However, when you point out the mutual interests that ensure that, as in Mandeville's fable of the bees, where private vices commingle to produce public good, Ukraine will in fact be part of Europe, it becomes a phrase with real impact.

Small College Captured Spirit of the Marshall Plan

William Lambers | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

We know that the strength and spirit of the Greatest Generation is with us. We know it can be summoned again during these dark times.

We Need a Marshall Plan for Clean Energy in the Caribbean

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Unlike an industrial powerhouse like Germany, for example, few Caribbean countries are in a position to fully exploit their renewable energy potential.

Can the U.S. and Iran Become Trustworthy Rivals?

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Bahman Baktiari

It is time to end 35 years of wasteful cold war and mutual satanization with Iran. Both nations must instead focus their full diplomatic powers on stabilizing the deteriorating security conditions in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond.

Consequences of the Truman Doctrine

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

Wherever one stands on debates over the "proper" U.S. role in the world and contemporary geopolitical challenges, the antecedents are clear. After 1947 American national security--and foreign relations more broadly -- were no longer premised on a limited view of protecting the political and physical security of U.S. territory and citizens.

Public Diplomacy and the Arab World's Future

Philip Seib | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Philip Seib

The key to an improved future in the region is less political than it is economic. Democracy is a worthy goal, but it will be reached only slowly.

Egypt's Darkness and Weapons Into Plowshares

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

How extraordinary it would be were we to figuratively "beat our swords into plowshares," that is, to convert our weaponry deliveries to a like value in wheat deliveries, showing a brotherly concern for the travails of all Egyptians in this, their dark hour.

An Arab Marshall Plan

Bassem Awadallah | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Bassem Awadallah

Although Arab leaders often cite Turkey as a beacon of hope, they rarely acknowledge that the country's recent transformation from the "sick man of Europe" to one of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets would not have been possible had it not pursued regional synergies.

Why Are Greek Children Going Hungry?

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Some of the Greeks I talk to on the phone tell me Greece now is reliving some of the harsh realities of WWII German occupation when hundreds of thousa...

Why Development Works

Asma Lateef | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Asma Lateef

Our global success depends on countries working together to solve the problems of hunger and poverty. Development assistance is one of the most effective ways to transform lives around the world.

Marshall Parks for the Middle East

Stanley Weiss | Posted 03.16.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

The idea of a Marshall Plan for the Middle East has been suggested by everyone from the dean of Columbia Business School to the leader of the Syrian rebels.

Are Hurricanes Our Next Dust Bowl?

Thomas Fisher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Thomas Fisher

We ended the Dust Bowl by returning much of the landscape back to its native state and changing how we treated the land we continue to occupy. And we will end disasters like Hurricane Sandy the same way.

Government Works

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

From groaning truckloads of freight to families on vacation, easy mobility across the nation is assured by the collective governmental effort that was the interstate highway system.