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The U.S. Should Stop Using Arms Sales To "Solve" Complex Conflicts

William Hartung | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

As I have written recently, the $70 billion-per year global arms trade doesn't get nearly enough coverage given its size, scope and devastating consequences. But a new report by the London-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) offers an important exception to that rule.

Judge Orders Release Of Clinton Emails By Mid-September

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics

A judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. State Department to determine whether it has found any new emails between Hillary Clinton and the White House fro...

8 Countries Where Religious Freedom Is Actually Under Attack

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.23.2016 | Religion

Religious freedom is a rare commodity in many regions of the world, according to the U.S. State Department’s latest International Religious Freedom ...

After A Devastating Year For UN Whistleblowers, U.S. State Department Reports All's Well

Bea Edwards | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
Bea Edwards

In recent years, the Secretary of State has been obliged to report to the Appropriations Committees of the Congress on the implementation of best-prac...

Bringing The World To The Classroom: U.S. Teachers Abroad

Randal Mason | Posted 08.03.2016 | Education
Randal Mason

"I thought I was culturally aware... until I went to Brazil," jokes Ms. Anne Artz, a veteran science educator from San Diego, California who teaches in a minority-majority school serving children from 27 countries.

Blessing The Sex Trade In South Africa: A Sex Trafficking And Prostitution Survivor Testifies

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Grizelda Grootboom recently published "Exit," a book about her violence-ridden and homeless childhood, sex trafficking, her escape from prostitution and her transformation into one of the most vocal survivor leaders in South Africa committed to ending the sex trade.

Syria Is Not America's War To Fight

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. should adopt a policy of first do no harm. Stay out of the conflict. Don't add to the tragedy. Accept refugees fleeing for their lives. Provide humanitarian aid to those within reach. That would be an agenda of which Americans could be proud.

Combating the Global Menace of Corruption through Fiscal Transparency

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Charles H. Rivkin

As the United States works to promote global economic growth and stability, it is clear that poor governance and persistent corruption around the worl...

Obama Administration Expands Efforts To Help Central American Refugees

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The Obama administration announced plans Tuesday to expand programs that allow Central Americans to come to the U.S. as refugees, ackno...

Don't Play Pokemon Go During State Department Press Briefings About ISIS

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics

It’s time to update our list of places where you really, really shouldn’t play Pokemon Go. The list’s newest addition: during State Department ...

Note To Republicans: Stop Slinging Mud At Hillary And Consider Some Actual Facts

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman

Hillary Clinton has more important things to talk about this year. The fate of our nation hangs in the balance.

An Ambassador Gets Pac-Man Fever

ADST | Posted 07.20.2016 | World

July 2016 saw the explosion of the global phenomenon Pokémon Go, where people walk around town (and often into traffic or ditches) trying to catch va...

Pentagon Forces Congress to Wait for Late Bahrain Report

Brian Dooley | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Brian Dooley

Remember how a few weeks ago the State Department, almost five months late, finally produced the assessment on Bahrain that Congress had mandated last year? Well Congress is also waiting for another from the Department of Defense. So far this is four months overdue.

Was Hillary Clinton's Email Hacked? The Case

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.14.2016 | Technology
Peter Van Buren

If you were Vladimir Putin, or President Xi of China, what would you do if you had the entire archive of Hillary Clinton's emails, classified and unclassified, "deleted" and not, in your hands? What value to you would that be in your next round of negotiations with the president of the United States?

Diplomats in the Trenches: From 'Observing and Reporting' to 'Advocacy and Lobbying'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy." Working saved...

State Department Opens Investigation Of Hillary Clinton's Email Use

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it will conduct an internal review of whether Democratic presidential candidate Hill...

Diplomats in the Trenches: Wearing Flip-Flops More Often Than Suits

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy." Anjalina Sen ...

The State Department Insults the Afghan Vice President (And All Afghan Uzbeks)

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

Recently a delegation of Uzbeks, Turko-Mongols from the plains of northern of Afghanistan, came to visit my wife Feyza and myself in our home in Boston. They represented the aq saqals (gray beards or elders) of many prominent Uzbek villages and clans and were furious.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 34: Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken

Steve Blank | Posted 07.06.2016 | Technology
Steve Blank

Countries or people you meet sometimes don't like our policies on a given issue, but what they almost universally admire and aspire to is American ent...

Time For U.S. State Department To Finally Listen On Bahrain

Brian Dooley | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Brian Dooley

Here it comes. A Bahrain court will decide on Monday July 11 whether its largest opposition group should be formally dissolved a month after it was suspended.

Why Can't The Obama Administration Speak Honestly About Sudan?

Eric Reeves | Posted 07.05.2016 | World
Eric Reeves

The Obama administration has from the beginning found it difficult to speak honestly about the ghastly realities defining Sudan under the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime in Khartoum. This is particularly true of human suffering and destruction in the western Darfur region, but also in the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

"Extremely Careless" Hillary Clinton

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The cloud of controversy surrounding Clinton's email use at the State Department will continue to hang over her campaign for the White House. She has yet to offer a credible explanation for why she used a private server while she was secretary of state.

Honoring Constructive Dissent: The William R. Rivkin Award

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 07.05.2016 | World
Charles H. Rivkin

The great American journalist and diplomat Edward R. Murrow once observed: "When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it."...

Diplomats in the Trenches: 'Any American, Any Problem, Any Time'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from "America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy." Gavin Sundwal...

The Gulf Carrier Dispute: U.S. Carriers Notch A Nice Win

Rob Britton | Posted 06.30.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

News that the U.S. Department of State will hold talks next month with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is, to this longtime observer of U.S. international aviation, a significant victory for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines.