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Think That Woman Has It All? You're Wrong

Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Women have done all the contorting that they can possibly do to cram their dual desires for work and children into the workplace as it exists. Now it is time for the workplace to cram, contort and change instead.

Joshua Hersh

Matthew Bryza, Former Ambassador To Azerbaijan, Responds To Oil Job Controversy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 06.20.2012 | World

Matthew Bryza, the former U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, is responding to a recent flurry of controversy over reports that he had joined the board of ...

Weapons of Mass Instruction

Christopher Holshek | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

It's not a matter of spending more; nor is it a matter of either guns or butter. Shifting priorities and re-balancing our commitment of resources to meet new realities is not idealism. It's good strategy.

Our Government Is Failing to Protect Our Rights

James Zogby | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

A few weeks ago a Palestinian-American woman traveling to the West Bank to visit family, was stopped by Israeli airport officials and ordered to log on to her email and provide her password so that the Israelis could read her private communications.

Ten Ways American Foreign Policy Creates American Jobs

Thomas R. Nides | Posted 08.14.2012 | Business
Thomas R. Nides

Our leadership in the world and our economic strength at home are a package deal. Our investment in diplomacy and development shores up both.

Joshua Hersh

Azerbaijan Opposition Official 'Incensed' By Ex-Ambassador's New Oil Industry Job | Joshua Hersh | Posted 06.20.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A top Azerbaijan opposition official said his group was "absolutely incensed" by the recent news that the latest U.S. ambassador...

Arab American Visitors Facing New Invasive Measures By Israeli Authorities

Omar Baddar | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Omar Baddar

The U.S. government has a serious responsibility here to tell Israel, a country that draws unprecedented (indeed, too much) military aid and diplomatic support from the U.S., that they must treat all our citizens with respect, regardless of their ethnic origin.

State Department Promotes Freedom Abroad and Suppresses It at Home

Dennis Jett | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Dennis Jett

Why is the State Department trying to silence one of its employees for remarks it does not like and attempting to criminalize his exercise of freedom of speech?

Cuba and America: Beyond Cold War Vendettas

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Saleem H. Ali

So near and yet so far -- that's how most Americans like me feel after a visit to Cuba -- the largest Caribbean island and a country that the U.S. continues to treat as a political pariah.

No Peace Until Palestinians Stop Glorification of Terror

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Arsen Ostrovsky

This Thursday, Israel released the bodies of 91 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a 'goodwill gesture' to President Mahmoud Abbas.

On Social Media, State Department Stands Alone

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

If the hyper-classified CIA recognizes the need for an internal review of its pre-clearance process, why doesn't the State Department? If the military can co-exist without pre-clearance restraints on blogs, why can't State?

Syrian Diplomat Forced To Leave William Howard Taft House

The Huffington Post | Michael Grass | Posted 05.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- While the intricacies of international diplomacy might be slow and boring, Tuesday's coordinated action by the State Department to expel...

Standing Up for All the Fallen

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

We should respect each other's commitment to community and country. There is no reason why we cannot stand up for all the fallen, so that Memorial Day will honor all those who gave their lives in the service of their neighbors as well as their nation.

ACLU: State Department Violates Constitutional Rights

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

(For those joining our story already in progress, here's the Twitter-length summary: I've worked for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer...

Billions Wasted, Again: State Likely to Give Up on Costly Efforts to Train Iraqi Police

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The New York Times reports that the State Department, in the face of massive costs and Iraqi officials who say they never wanted it in the first place...

U.S. May Scrap Costly Effort To Train Iraqi Police

New York Times | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — In the face of spiraling costs and Iraqi officials who say they never wanted it in the first place, the State Department has slashed — a...

'Should I Join the U.S. Foreign Service?'

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

It was only after my book came out that State decided I could not work there. Something vague about not suddenly having judgement anymore, like losing one's mojo I guess.

Internet Freedom Is a Human Right

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Internet freedom -- the freedom to exchange thought, opinion, expression, and association to meet political, social, education, or religious objectives -- should not be restricted for law-abiding citizens in the United States or anywhere in the world.

Joshua Hersh

In Tough Primary Fight, Lugar Eschews Foreign Policy Legacy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

In February of 2011, a few days after a surprising popular revolt brought down the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-I...

Wishful Thinking and Poor Planning: State Department Wastes $80 Million in Afghanistan

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Why does the State Department consistently make poor decisions? Everyone makes mistakes, but what we have here is a long, long litany of obvious bad decisions, so obviously bad one cannot help but wonder how smart people made them.

Lessons Learned From the Frontlines of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Perry Yeatman | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Perry Yeatman

When it comes to multi-stakeholder partnerships, knowing what YOU want is the right starting point. But even that isn't enough to succeed. Here are five more lessons we've learned from our work that might be helpful.

The Hunt for Impact Investments

Maura O'Neill | Posted 06.29.2012 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

If a boat is financial capital, and deals are the fish, investors want to be floating in a river where the fish are jumping.

Dear Daniel Ellsberg

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

When I faced a crisis of conscience, to tell what I knew because it needed to be told, coming to realize I was risking at the least my job if not jail, I remembered the Pentagon Papers from 1971 you risked the same and more to release.

U.S. Diplomat Peter Van Buren Speaks About American Public Diplomacy

John Brown | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
John Brown

"Any communications strategy plays second to reality. So as long as deaths from misplaced drone attacks, atrocities by soldiers and videos of Abu Ghraib exist, you are not going to fool anyone regardless of how many tweets you send out."

POLL: Is It Too Easy To Lose The TSA's Trust?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.23.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

As the TSA moves toward what it calls an "intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security," maybe it's worth asking how intelligent some of its new systems really are.