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Obama Diplomacy

Despite Iran Deal Success, Beware of Attempts to Undermine It

Susan Shaer | Posted 02.01.2017 | Home
Susan Shaer

While President Obama has the votes to sustain a certain veto should the bill reach his desk, deal opponents persist in sending a message that they will stop at nothing to undermine this signature foreign policy achievement.

Beyond Symbolism, Restoring Ties With Cuba Has Practical Benefits

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 07.03.2016 | Home
William M. LeoGrande

The reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana is symbolic of the change in U.S. policy that President Obama announced on December 17 of last year -- replacing the policy hostility and subversion dating back to the break in diplomatic relations 54 years ago with a new a policy of engagement and cooperation.

Japan, South Korea Rift and Obama's Role in Diplomacy

Calvin Chen | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Calvin Chen

Given the potential risk of an ongoing diplomatic feud between these two countries, the U.S. should continue its role as peacemaker.

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...

War With China?

Allan Topol | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Allan Topol

The United States and China are now playing a dangerous game which could lead to war. Beijing is asserting its new military might; and Washington is accepting the challenge.

Diplomacy Where It Is Needed Most

Gary Hart | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

For those who viscerally hate the Russians, there will always be reasons, however obscure, to justify their resentment. But Edward Snowden hardly provides the justification.

Kerry's Deputy Sees 'Reduced Accountability' of Career Employees (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The recent problems with accountability and responsibility at the State Department are rooted in an "inflation" of high-level political positions, which has reduced significantly accountability among lower-level career employees.

Obama's Foreign Policy: Three Stages Of Hope

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

When historians write their chapter on the second Obama administration, many of its stories will have originated in the Middle East. However, in terms of weighty consequences for the U.S.'s role in the future world order, nothing will be as determinative as developments in the Far East.

Iran Again: Obama's Strategy May Pay Off

John Tirman | Posted 01.05.2013 | Home
John Tirman

The Iran issue is central to the right-wing mantra on Obama's foreign policy as consistently showing "weakness." But a diplomatic solution is a must -- and it would be fitting for Obama to cash in his chips after Tuesday and secure a nuclear deal.

Doubling Down on Diplomacy

Curtis S. Chin | Posted 12.29.2012 | Home
Curtis S. Chin

As investigations continue into what really happened in Libya it will also be important that steps be taken to ensure that U.S. diplomacy efforts and our diplomats do not once again retreat behind ever higher embassy walls in the name of added security.

NY Times: Attack on Iran Could Blow Back Here at Home

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

A better question a legislator can ask himself is whether it is worth losing American lives in an unnecessary war because a president is constrained from utilizing diplomacy to prevent it?

Dan Froomkin

HUNKER IN THE BUNKER: U.S. Plan For Iraq Is To Fall Back To The Mother Of All Embassies | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.16.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- American combat troops in Iraq may be heading to the exits -- or not -- but the U.S. government's enormously expensive intervention ther...

Christina Wilkie

Obama Hosts Ramadan Dinner | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

President Obama honored the sacrifices that Muslim Americans have made for the country on Wednesday night at the White House's annual Ramadan dinner. ...

Christina Wilkie

Obama To Host Ramadan Dinner | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

The two members of Congress who practice Islam will attend President Obama's annual Ramadan dinner at the White House Wednesday night, along with a nu...

Insistent, Not Imperial

Parag Khanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Parag Khanna

America's foreign policy must shift rapidly and sincerely towards a posture of being ready to help others help themselves in whichever direction points towards better governance, even if not Western democracy.

Sam Stein

GOP Divided On Egypt | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The uprising in the streets of Cairo presents tricky domestic politics for the Obama administration, as each diplomatic move is judged t...

Why We Pay Attention to Piracy

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marcia DeSanctis

There is no government in Somalia to speak of, and the pirates are self-governing anyway. It is dramatic, challenging, surprising and odd place for a test of America's strength in the post-Bush world.

America Needs a Diplomatic-Industrial Complex

Parag Khanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Parag Khanna

What is needed today -- more than defense and espionage -- is a diplomatic-industrial complex. Diplomacy is the force multiplier which strategically melds a country's resources, population, institutions, and ideology.

Sam Stein

Gibbs On Legal Action Against WikiLeaks: 'I Wouldn't Rule Anything Out' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on Monday that the administration is not ruling out taking legal action against WikiLeaks ...

Sam Stein

Obama Tiptoes Into The Israel-Palestine Crisis | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leadership commence, the Obama administration finds itself in perhaps the most delicate diplomatic pos...

Settlement Slapstick

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shan Wells

Israel and the U.S. have overcome worse spats than the current brouhaha over the announcement of new settlements in Jerusalem just as Biden arrived to reboot of the peace process.

A Diplomatic Surge in Afghanistan?

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

Last month, I muddied my boots walking around cold but friendly Kabul to ask Afghan leaders, "What would US support for a diplomatic surge look like?" One theme stood out in my notes.

Obama's Caucasus Diplomacy Flies Under Radar

Jeffrey Mankoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Mankoff

The furor over the Nobel Peace Prize has obscured what may stand as one of the Obama administration's first real diplomatic triumphs: clinching an accord to normalize relations between Turkey and Armenia.

The Case for Barack Obama

Charles Perez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Perez

As Michelle Obama once warned critics, "Don't ever underestimate my husband." Maybe we shouldn't. Obama is playing a big game. His biggest challenge will come in righting the economy.

From Idealism to Grand Strategy: The Next Challenge for Obama

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Henne

Our grand strategy should focus not on a threatening culture or the rise of another state, but on managing these fault lines and avoiding any sudden eruptions of conflict along them.