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The Right To Boycott; And It's Right To Boycott

Donna Nevel | Posted 06.17.2016 | Education
Donna Nevel

This past week, hundreds of New Yorkers from different communities and organizations stood strong for justice and protested Governor Cuomo's unconstit...

Sanctions Against North Korea Hurt the People Rather Than the Government

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

North Korea has completed its first Korean Workers' Party congress in 36 years. The ruling elite appeared to be getting along fine despite international sanctions. Washington needs to find a new approach toward the North.

China Must Confront Its North Korea Problem

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Great powers usually have client states. Although a sign of influence, the latter often are more trouble than they are worth. North Korea increasingly appears that way for Beijing.

Burma on Road to Democracy: How Far How Fast?

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.23.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

A half century of military dictatorship has officially ended in Burma, or Myanmar. The cost has been high, with brutal war and systematic repression finally giving way to nominal civilian rule. Yet taking the final steps toward democracy may be as difficult as making the transition so far.

Stuck in the Ukrainian Conundrum: U.S. and Europe Need to Drop Sanctions and Negotiate a Way Out

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Many Ukrainians expect America and Europe to save them. Suggest that they are living a fantasy gets you tarred as a blatant fool and Russian stooge. Yet Ukraine shouldn't waste time posing as a fairy tale maiden in distress waiting for rescue by the Western knight in shining armor. Kiev risks ending up as a failed state.

As Crimea Passes Two Years as Part of Russia, Time to Negotiate Away Sanctions

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Rather than reflexively continue sanctions, the Western states should rethink their policy toward Russia. Vladimir Putin isn't a nice guy, but that hardly sets him apart. Russian democracy may be an oxymoron, but then, lack of civil and political rights never stopped Washington from backing Egypt, aiding Pakistan, or embracing Saudi Arabia.

Russia Is Not Nine Feet Tall

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 04.01.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

As Russia has boycotted the global Nuclear Security summit hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, March 31-April 1, 2016, questions arise...

New North Korea UN Resolution Is Tough: Can It Be Enforced

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Instead of spending some $4 billion on its weapons programs, Pyongyang could have provided 40 years of humanitarian assistance to its impoverished citizens, South Korea's Ambassador Oh Joon told reporters.

Putin Sanctions Must Remain...He's on the Ropes

Diane M. Francis | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Diane M. Francis

The recent backroom bi-laterals talks between the United States and Russia about Ukraine have caused anxiety in the region, raised hopes that sanctions could be lifted, and elevated Russian President Vladimir Putin's status to super power level.

Ignoring North Korea Is Foolish: Time to Try Engagement

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.10.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes, and hoping the nuclear monsters will go away. Alas, it hasn't worked.

U.S. Should Engage Rather Than Isolate North Korea

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes, and hoping the nuclear monsters will go away. Alas, it hasn't worked.

Investing in Iran From a Human Rights Perspective

Amol Mehra | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Ensuring corporate accountability in practice is more difficult, but fortunately the U.S. already has a blueprint from which to build a human rights reporting and monitoring framework for eventual investment in Iran.

US and Iran Collect Diplomatic Jackpot

John Feffer | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
John Feffer

In 1748, as part of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, France regained Cape Breton from Great Britain. The island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, had passe...

"We Want to Be a Part of the World"

Zoe Dolan | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Zoe Dolan

My favorite memory of Iran is this one: back in the city of Kerman, my very sexy, glimmering-eyed tour guide Vahid told me to stay in the hotel at night. So I waited for him to go to his room, and then I went out for a walk.

Israeli-Americans Can Strengthen the Jewish People in the U.S. and Lead the Fight Against BDS

Adam Milstein | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Adam Milstein

For decades, those of Israeli descent living in America kept our suitcases packed. Despite U.S. passports, English-speaking families, and American homes and businesses, we always thought that we would return to Israel one day.

U.N. Vote, Candidates' Debates Open Syria Space for Obama

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Laurenti

If grinding military stalemate is the prerequisite for political compromise, Syrians may be reaching that point. Certainly states in and outside the region are now prioritizing destruction of Da'esh over dismantling of Assad's regime.

It's Not Just About Israel. BDS Threatens Us All.

Adam Milstein | Posted 01.01.2016 | Politics
Adam Milstein

History's lessons hang over our moment. What begins with the Jews never ends with the Jews. Now is the time for Americans to take action. For the sake Israel and America, for the sake of our shared values and our common future, we must stop BDS dead in its tracks. Nothing less than our very way of life is at stake.

UN Adopts Resolution Targeting ISIS Finances

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.17.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council warned on Thursday that some countries are failing to implement long-standing sanctions a...

Italian Analyst: Italy Eyes Growing Economic and Security Cooperation With Post-Sanctions Iran

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) and Iran signed earlier t...

Memo: To the Republican Party

Jim Moore | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

Speaking as a coalition of world leaders (absent the United States), it has come to our attention that Americans appear to be up against an intractable and irritable problem, a problem which, if not solved in a timely fashion, may well carry over into matters of state far beyond your borders.

Karen Dawisha on Russia's Middle East Strategy, Interview With Eminent Russia Expert and Author of Putin's Kleptocracy Part II

Samuel Ramani | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Karen Dawisha is the Walter E Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a world-renowned Russia expert who has written extensively about Soviet foreign policy, Russia-Middle East relations, and contemporary Russian politics.

Targeted UN Sanctions in South Sudan a Threat to Peace

Matthew Leriche | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Matthew Leriche

A better understanding of the politics in South Sudan, and the way the country's communities and individual leaders are connected, would have allowed the UN to recognize its current approach is applying coercion that is unlikely to work toward securing peace in South Sudan.

The Iran Deal: Power to the People

Holly Dagres | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

Having an Iran deal opens the floodgates of economic opportunity, breaths new life into the middle class, and raises the standard of living, which are all vehicles of change. With the passing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal has done a lot more for positive transformation in Iran than sanctions ever could.

Can GOP Governors Actually Sanction Iran?

John A. Tures | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

More than a dozen GOP governors wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, vowing to keep state-level sanctions on Iran despite the nuclear deal. But can a state really circumvent the U.S. President's policy on sanctions? A U.S. Supreme Court case from several years ago could block that plan.

Forging a Better Deal With Iran Is a Pipe Dream

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Iran is a country of many contradictions. On the one hand, Iran is a theocratic regime that persecutes homosexuals and Christian evangelists, imprisons journalists, and supports bad actors in the region.