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Judge Handling Clinton Email Case Fumes Over State Department Delays

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

A federal judge on Tuesday grilled a State Department lawyer who had been summoned to explain why his office missed a deadline to produce 7,000 pages...

Rice Aides, Powell Received Classified Information On Personal Email Accounts

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and aides to his successor, Condoleezza Rice, both received classified information...

"My Business Is Partnerships"

Andrew O’Brien | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Andrew O’Brien

"Public-private partnership" is seemingly one of the "it" terms in diplomacy and development these days. While the federal government is embracing and formalizing public-private partnerships like never before, they aren't a new concept.

Joe Biden Tries To Tamp Down House Dems' Anger Over Deportation Raids

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

BALTIMORE -- Vice President Joe Biden insisted in a meeting with skeptical House Democrats on Thursday that the administration's deportation raids on...

OAS Lacks Backbone As it Runs to Martelly's Aid in Haiti

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

At issue today is the decision by the Organization of American States (OAS) to send a special mission to Haiti to ostensibly "help" Haiti resolve the electoral and political crisis gripping the nation.

Book Review: Youngblood

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Youngblood, a new novel by Matt Gallagher set in the late stages of the Iraq War, is a powerful fiction debut from an author already known for his non...

To Congo, With Love: Send Us Your Lullabies

Sabra Gertsch | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Sabra Gertsch

In the middle of the crisis, Krysta Strasbaugh sees the banana trees. Their flat, broad leaves flutter like flags of truce above the barbed wire over the protective wall.

Finding a Balance Between Counterterrorism and Supporting NGOs

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Fear and anxiety should not encourage U.S. NGOs to first ask local partners or activists if they are terrorists before they ask if they can be partners.

Here's Why We Held The Story On The U.S.-Iranian Prisoner Exchange

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

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News Execs Push For Release Of WaPo's Jason Rezaian In Iran

Associated Press | Gabriel Arana | Posted 01.11.2016 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives from 25 news organizations, including The Associated Press, sent a letter Friday to Secretary of State John Kerry ...

The Foundation of Art in Embassies Brings High Art and Innovation to U.S. Schools

Isa Freeling | Posted 01.04.2016 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Exciting international cultural diplomacy initiatives can be seen through their site-specific commissions. Their founders are currently working with embassy representatives to bring original works to an extensive number of newly constructed U.S. embassies across the globe.

Why You Should Travel During a Worldwide Travel Alert

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 01.04.2016 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

As a seasoned traveler and expat, it's embarrassing to admit that I'm scared of flying. Despite the frequency with which I convince myself to do it, I have an irrational fear of plummeting from the sky (I don't understand physics and am convinced magic must be involved).

Why WSIS+10 Matters to the Future of the Internet

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Charles H. Rivkin

As more and more people use and rely on the Internet around the globe, one of the key questions is how it should be governed - and who should set the ...

Federal Court Gives Blessing to Covertly Approved Enbridge Cross-Border Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogA federal court has ruled that the Enbridge Alberta Clipper (Line 67) cross-border tar sands pipeline expansion ...

Haiti Election Aftermath: Fraud, Apathy, or Organized Chaos?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Threats of intimidation and violence from some members of Parliament, and the failure to address social and economic issues by President Michel Martelly's administration, created a climate of repression and corruption.

Hillary Clinton Is Pro Gun Control, But She's Also Big on Arms Deals

Dieter Holger | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Dieter Holger

While touting her gun control record and lambasting rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' firearm policy, Hillary Clinton keeps under wraps her heavy-handed involvement in the arms trade during her time as America's top diplomat.

U.S. Conducting 'Serious Review' Of Alleged Iran Missile Test

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.08.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 8 (Reuters) - The United States is reviewing and seeking to confirm reports that Iran launched a ballistic missile last month in ...

US Businesses at the Forefront of Anti-Corruption Fight

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 12.09.2015 | Business
Charles H. Rivkin

We know all too well the costs of corruption around the world. When officials abuse the public's trust for private gain, they choke off competition and innovation, and stifle economic growth and sustainable development.

How Governor Hogan Fails Maryland On Syria's Refugees

Joel Rubin | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Joel Rubin

We are facing a clear choice in the Syria refugees debate. We can give in to fear and hatred. Or we can stand up for American values, protect the defenseless, and fight for our own national security.

American Political Culture Explains Why Trump Is Still Strong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment
Daniel Wagner

Why do Republican voters seem to naturally gravitate to celebrities -- most of whom are, shall we say, 'short' on actual knowledge about politics, legislative issues, and global affairs?

How to Beat ISIS: It's Counter Intuitive

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.26.2015 | World
Alan Kelly

The developed nations, and most especially the United States, have long been frustrated at their poor ability to do what diplomats and politicos carefully call winning hearts and minds.

The State Department Travel Alert Doesn't Mean You Should Stay Home

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 11.24.2015 | Travel

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State Department Warns Of 'Increased Terrorist Threats' In Worldwide Travel Alert

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Citing "increased terrorist threats" from militant groups in various regions of the world, the U.S. State Department is...

Don't Judge Today's Refugee Screening Process By Past Failures, Says Official

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official handling the now-controversial admission of refugees from Syria on Thursday pushed back against a p...

Harvard Law Professors and Scholars: State Governors Have No Legal Authority to Block Refugees

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, more than half the nation's states are vowing to bar Syrian refugees. But do they have the legal authority to do so? Harvard Law professors say the answer is clear: No.