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An Open Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson and Incoming State Department Political Appointees

Caitlin Klevorick | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Caitlin Klevorick

New Leaders and Members of the State Department: The past two weeks have not made your job any easier. I cringed when I heard Sean Spicer tell forei...

'Green News Report' - February 2, 2017

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.02.2017 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court not a big fan of federal agencies; ...

'Green News Report' - January 26, 2017

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.31.2017 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: It begins: Trump re-launches controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access ...

News Roundup for January 26, 2017

Outspeak | Posted 01.26.2017 | HuffPost Live 321

We're six days into Trump's America.

'Green News Report' - January 12, 2017

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.12.2017 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson gets a grilling on climate change during Se...

Targeting Ivory Poachers Militarily Could Salvage Obama's "African Legacy"

D.A. Barber | Posted 01.06.2017 | Green
D.A. Barber

Since President Obama is scrambling to slide through last-minute regulations, he might want to consider one that may save his crumbling African policy legacy and some endangered wildlife.

The American Brand: Why Responsible Businesses Win Abroad

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 12.27.2016 | Business
Charles H. Rivkin

More and more U.S. companies around the world are proving that meeting the "double bottom line" - doing well by doing good - is smart business. When ...

Expect Resource Wars With Exxon CEO At State Helm

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.12.2016 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Now that President-elect Donald Trump is positioning ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as head of the U.S. State Department and America's top diplomat, exp...

Bringing International Corporations To The Anti-Corruption Table

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 12.09.2016 | Business
Charles H. Rivkin

Since his first day in office, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has maintained that economic policy is foreign policy and vice versa. This principle r...

The Holiday Madness of Trump and Clinton Obscures Trump's Strange Dithering Over the State Department

William Bradley | Posted 11.30.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Is it really far too late to hope that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton join hands and merrily take that proverbial long walk off a short pier? Trump...

Women Entrepreneurs: The Smartest Investment Any Government Can Make

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 11.21.2016 | Business
Charles H. Rivkin

As Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, and a former businessman, I have found that investing in the right people is just a...

Rudy Giuliani's Conflicts Of Interest Would Place Trump In A Bind

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics

In the closing of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly attacked his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton for the donations the government...

Public Diplomacy in the Trump Era

Philip Seib | Posted 11.13.2016 | Home
Philip Seib

"Hate Crime and Islamophobia Increase After Trump Victory." A few days after the U.S. election, that was the lead headline on The National, an English...

Is Trump Already Headed Down The Path Of The George W. Bush Presidency?

Ivan Eland | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Ivan Eland

In the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush, to distinguish himself from the interventionist presidency of Democrat Bill Clinton, promised a "more humble foreign policy."

Vatican Mediation In Venezuela Changes Political Equation For Washington

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 11.07.2016 | Home
Mark Weisbrot

The Vatican's participation in the mediation effort in Venezuela poses an unusual challenge to US policy in Venezuela and the region.

Hacking for Diplomacy at the State Department - Breakthroughs, breakdowns and relentlessly direct critiques

Steve Blank | Posted 11.07.2016 | Education
Steve Blank

Time flies. We are already past the midway mark in our new Hacking for Diplomacy course at Stanford, and for both students and instructors, it's an in...

The State Department Meets The Lean Startup -- Hacking For Diplomacy

Steve Blank | Posted 10.31.2016 | Education
Steve Blank

The academic year is in full swing at Stanford and already we're deep into our new Hacking for Diplomacy course. Building off last spring's pioneering...

Honduran Opposition Leaders Being Murdered While Washington Pours in Money to Repressive Government and Military

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 10.25.2016 | Home
Mark Weisbrot

Since a 2009 military coup against the democratic government of President Mel Zelaya, Honduras has become the most dangerous country in the world for ...

40 Under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 10.27.2016 | Home
Josue Lopez Calderon

For all the important international events that took place in 2016, there were a select group of Latinos who played an important role. During the ina...

State Department Official Pressured FBI To Unclassify Some Clinton Emails: FBI Documents

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A senior official at the U.S. State Department tried to push the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2015 into d...

Benghazi Middleman Tied To Unaoil Bribery Scandal, Source Told FBI

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A middleman the State Department relied on to hire unarmed guards at the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, previously worked with a com...

Hillary Clinton: The Caricatured Experienced Politician

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

She is not going to move the voters with her oratory skills, or by making promises that everyone already predicts. She needs to narrow her communication gap with the voters by dispensing with the guarded persona that muddles her message--even though the content in her message is far more defined, corporeal, and nuanced than her opponent's rather murky "plans" (declarations only, no details).

Regarding Henry, Protecting Nancy - On Security Detail with the Kissingers

ADST | Posted 09.20.2016 | Home

Traditionally, Secretaries of State receive a personal protection detail from the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). However, Henry...

Our Ocean, Our Tomorrow

Hari Sastry | Posted 09.20.2016 | Green
Hari Sastry

"Being a card-carrying fisher entitles us to fish and participate in work programs," says Jomar Brusa, a fisherman registered with USAID's FishR progr...

Higher Education for Global Impact: MCC16

Millennium Campus Network | Posted 09.12.2016 | Impact
Millennium Campus Network

For five days in early August, the iconic capital of the United States served as the backdrop for the eighth annual Millennium Campus Conference (MCC).