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United States Foreign Policy

Sunni Jihadism and the Persian Bomb

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Test of Iranian Shahab 3 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile The Associated Press recently revealed the existence of a secret agreement that would ...

U.S. Must Stop Giving Cluster Munitions to Saudis

Mary Wareham | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
Mary Wareham

The use of CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons and other banned cluster munitions for the past year in Yemen by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of states has ignited a firestorm of concern.

Is This The Real Reason The U.S. Doesn't Recognize Palestine?

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 04.28.2016 | World
DaShanne Stokes

In acknowledging an entity's statehood, governments open the doors to treaty relations, trade, foreign aid, and, potentially, membership in the United Nations.

The World Explained in Maps

Peter Vaughn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Books
Peter Vaughn

If you have ever wondered why geography used to be a staple of any decent education and why we are paying the price for no longer staring at maps, spi...

The Frozen Conflict of LGBT Rights

András Simonyi | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
András Simonyi

One wonders whatever happened to the vigor with which the rights of LGBT people was put on the international agenda a few years ago.

A Reality Check on ISIS

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The focus of our strategy should not be on what we do or do not do with our military. The principal focus of our "fight" should be on getting the countries in the Middle East, like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, etc., to make the defeat of ISIS their responsibility.

I Wore a "Free Palestine" T-Shirt to the Pete Seeger Tribute Concert at Lincoln Center

Alan Singer | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

Pete Seeger died in January 2104 at the age of 94. Seeger was a pioneer in the modern folk music revival as well as lifetime political activist involv...

A Closer Japan-Europe Partnership is Long Overdue

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Joshua W. Walker

As Japan emerges from decades of economic stagnation and political malaise, there is a renewed enthusiasm in Tokyo to look beyond its borders and its longstanding alliance with the United States by increasing partnerships with like-minded countries.

Will America's Failed Domestic Policy Spur a New Cold War?

Karen J. Alter | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Karen J. Alter

While confronting Russia undermines popular support for American and European leaders, Putin, by contrast, is finding that fighting the West enhances his popularity.

U.S.-India: Playing Down the Strategic Partnership?

Aparna Pande | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Aparna Pande

Has the United States abandoned the idea of a strategic partnership with India? Relations between India and the U.S. have often suffered in the past because of misaligned priorities at regular intervals. It seems that we are, once again, in a similar situation.

Six Reasons to Oppose an Attack on Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Here are some of the top talking points that should be raised before members of Congress as to why authorizing US airstrikes on Syria would be a bad idea.

Reigning in the Killer Robot? The DoD's Directive on Autonomous Weapons

Heather Roff | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Heather Roff

As many have worried over the attribution of responsibility for autonomous weapons systems in the case of what the report titles "unintended engagement," Directive 3000.09 is a welcomed first step. Unfortunately, it only fosters more questions and worry.

Policy Implications of Iran's Fall From Favor in Arab and Muslim Public Opinion

James Zogby | Posted 05.30.2013 | World
James Zogby

Once viewed positively by sizable majorities in almost every country across the region, Iran has experienced a precipitous decline in its favorable ratings. The change, it appears from my findings, is largely due to concerns with Iran's policies in Iraq, Syria, and the Arab Gulf region.

The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

If you believe you should have everything and anything gets away from you, it's a tragedy, the world is collapsing. So is America over?

Silently Shouting: Strengthening the Voice of the African Diaspora

Kumera Genet | Posted 03.01.2013 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

It would be amazing for the Diaspora to show leadership in breaking down some of these ethnic and religious barriers that are present in contemporary African politics.

Haunted by War Crimes Accusations, the Candyman Has His Day in Court

Steven W. Barnes | Posted 02.27.2013 | World
Steven W. Barnes

Inocente Montano's quiet life in America stood in shocking contrast to what his accusers say is his secret past: he is the first of 19 former military officials who may be held to account for allegedly planning the murders of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador on November 16, 1989.

A Brave New World of War: Cyber Warfare & Defense in Depth

Heather Roff | Posted 12.15.2012 | Technology
Heather Roff

Cyber war is here and the U.S. is prepared to enter the fray with whatever means necessary. The questions for us, now, are what should we do about it?

Dancing With Dictators

Rajan Menon | Posted 08.26.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

How exactly do you convince a population that's energized by having at long last deposed a dictator to hold off on elections until the conditions are right? Who decides what those conditions are and when they are present in sufficient strength?

What Lies Ahead for the Modern Dragon?

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 06.18.2012 | Books
Zachary K. Pearce

June Dreyer posits four scenarios for the future of China in her book. One can argue in favor of any of the scenarios she discusses. The intricacies of this topic will be salient to United States foreign policy making for years to come.

An Open Letter to Our Brother, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rev. Jesse Jackson

In the strongest terms, we urge the United States government to cease its opposition to your return.

Crisis Diplomacy In Egypt

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

My career-long investigation into the best practices of crisis diplomacy has consistently led me to a singular and understated fact -- perception forms reality.

What To Do About Egypt? Try 'Let My People Go!'

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

When faced with humankind's diversity, our nations have consistently tried to suppress or coerce the "other", and manipulated world events for our own benefit, and look what it's got us.

Democratization in the Arab World: Extraordinary or Dangerous?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

Successful democracy is attainable when equality is high or assets are mobile. Egypt has neither.

A Way Forward for Nuclear Arms Control

Jonathan Pearl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Pearl

Even if New START is ratified before the Democrats' Senate majority significantly shrinks, it will not help advance nonproliferation advocates' long-term goals unless a lost consensus on arms control fundamentals is rebuilt first.

Change We Can Believe in

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Obama has invested enormous political capital to advance Middle East peace, yet has little to show for it. Significant changes are needed if there is to remain any hope for reaching a breakthrough in the coming year.