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Cautious Optimism for Talks in Afghanistan

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Hoh

Reports of the US being involved with efforts to reconcile elements of the insurgency with the Karzai government are reports that provide hope, albeit cautious hope, that a more sensible and rational US policy is taking hold.

Imagining Peace: The Practical Advantages of an Israeli/Palestinian Final Settlement

Marc Gopin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marc Gopin

Generations, even centuries, of Arabs, Muslims, Christians, and Jews, did build prosperous relationships; it is time to recover their legacy.

Negotiations With the Taliban Point to the Need to Leave Afghanistan

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Nine years after the start of the war, the Taliban controls 70% of Afghanistan. Though it is heart-rending to consider abandoning the progress that has been made, the truth is that there simply is no military solution.

Can the U.S. Negotiate Peace in Afghanistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

There is always the danger, from the point of view of those who oppose any compromise, that compromise might not be so impossible to achieve as they have been trying to make everyone believe.

How to Negotiate For What You Want

Adele Scheele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Adele Scheele

We are not trained professionals when it comes to negotiating for what we want. No matter if it's asking for a raise, buying a car, getting more credi...

Top 10 Reasons for Skepticism on Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Josh Ruebner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Ruebner

On August 20, the Obama Administration announced that it will reconvene under its auspices direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations beginning o...

Pakistan: Diplomacy vs Giving It All Away

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Direct Talks and Their Potential Consequences

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Direct talks will not produce substantive results unless the United States takes a number of pivotal steps to insure that the progress made in the negotiations is irreversible.

Let Israeli-Palestinian Talks Fail

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ami Kaufman

I'm pretty sure that nobody in the Obama administration believes something will come of these talks. I'm hoping that the White House staff has already prepared a plan for precisely that day when Netanyahu's bluff is called.

Civil Society Protests as Arms Trade Treaty Talks Move to Secrecy

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

After years of relentless campaigning to ensure States negotiate a strong global treaty to regulate the arms trade, civil society groups have been denied participation in key discussions.

Could a 'Great Negotiation' End the War in Afghanistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Negotiations aren't a magic wand. They aren't going to magically transform an existing balance of forces into something completely different. But military force can't do that either.

Arms Trade Treaty Talks at the UN: Bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty Needed

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Official talks for an Arms Trade Treaty starts on July 12th at the United nations HQ in New York. We need a robust deal to stop arms getting into the hands of human rights abusers and warmongers.

Sam Stein

Financial Regulatory Reform: Democrats Experiencing Health Care Deja Vu | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican leadership made it clear on Tuesday that, even if Democrats drop from regulatory reform legislation a suddenly controversial $50 billion fu...

Use My Domestic Approach In Neogotiating With The Taliban

Steven Clifford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

"Is it possible to negotiate with the Taliban?" So asks Steve Coll in The New Yorker (May 24). My answer is YES, providing one employs cutting edge ...

US-Pakistan Negotiations Leave Out Pakistani People

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

The whole Strategic Dialogue is a farce. We're not accomplishing any of our national security goals in the AfPak region, we're actually making our problems worse!

Regaining Control of the Afghanistan Debate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

We are forced into an unfair position of being for or against a successful war in Afghanistan. It's never a good thing to be against something successful, so clearly the only rational choice is to you're for it.

Rethink Afghanistan: Clinging to Guns and Counterinsurgency

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Withdrawing from Afghanistan: What's the Rest of Our Plan?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

It's pretty much conventional wisdom at this point that we're going to have to negotiate with the Taliban. Washington, Kabul, and Islamabad will div...

Jew vs. Jew? Protests, Threats Reach Fever Pitch over Israel

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

This week, New York City's Jewish community is riven by protests, counterprotests, and now, threats of Jew-on-Jew intimidation over the question of Israel and the Palestinians.

Do It for Us

Dana Agmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dana Agmon

The continual pre-conditions put forth by Israel and the Palestinian Authority are exactly the details that need to be discussed in formal negotiations. Instead of making demands, it's better to discuss the options.

Netanyahu Disses Biden: Biden Hits Back (UPDATE)

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Bottom line: there is very little left of Arab Palestine to negotiate over. And every time the United States winks when another settlement is announced, there is even less.

Should Palestinians Give Up On Negotiations?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

President Obama's "State of the Union" left out the traditional call for the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations which, for years, has been boilerplate in Presidential addresses to Congress.

Sam Stein

Congressional Frustration With Obama Mounts Over Health Care Impasse | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Frustration is mounting among Capitol Hill Democrats over what they say is the White House's lack of direction in how to resolve a potentially crippl...

UN Nuclear Inspectors Head To Iran To Visit Site

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — U.N. inspectors entered a once-secret uranium enrichment facility with bunker-like construction and heavy military protection tha...

Small Group Now Leads Closed-Door Health Care Reform Negotiations

Washington Post | Perry Bacon Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three senators are working on the bill behind closed doors. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) sits at the head of a wooden table at hi...