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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.

Diplomats in the Trenches: 'Diplomacy Isn't About Being Nice to People'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.29.2016 | 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." Yuri Kim never...

Diplomats in the Trenches: 'You Can't Learn Diplomacy Through Osmosis'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Michael Hammer was nine years into his Foreign Service career in 1997, when he did advance work on President Bill Clinton's visit to Vancouver, Canada, for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Diplomats in the Trenches: Getting 'Beaten Up' for 'Doing Things Right'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.26.2016 | 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." Virginia Blas...

House Republicans Fail To Keep Us Safe

Joel Rubin | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Democratic frustration with the Republican's inability to keep our country safe is not a political talking point -- it is about real policy that affects real people. The number one job of our country's most representative elected body is to legislate in order to keep the American people safe. And in this regard, on both domestic and foreign policy, House Republicans have failed miserably.

Global Partnerships to Strengthen Human Rights

Steven Wozencraft | Posted 06.22.2016 | HuffPost Home
Steven Wozencraft

This week I returned to the State Department to mark and yes "celebrate" the Gay and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies' Pride at State Event. Norm...

The World We Live In As LGBT Travelers

Dane Steele Green | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Dane Steele Green

Yes, every country in the world has a thriving gay community, but being gay in New York City is very different from being gay in Cairo.

Smart Money Well Spent: Investing in the United States

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 06.21.2016 | Business
Charles H. Rivkin

On the first day of summer, in a hotel foyer brightened with banners of patriotic red, white and blue, I was delighted to experience the bustle and ex...

The U.S. Role In The Honduras Coup And Subsequent Violence

Stephen Zunes | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

This past March, Berta Cáceres, a brave and outspoken indigenous Honduran environmental activist and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, was g...

A Social Justice Day in D.C.

Steven Wozencraft | Posted 06.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Steven Wozencraft

The arc of American history bends towards justice and fairness, but he, once again, helped me see the vital importance of people fighting to make sure these goals are accomplished.