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China's Syria Strategy

Daniel Pena | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Daniel Pena

What we're seeing emerge is not a military or ideological counterweight to the United States in Russia and China, but rather a financial one that doesn't even need an army to fight it's wars, but only buyers.

The Nerd-in-Residence

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The Department of Veterans Affairs has named me a "nerd-in-residence." The Department of Veterans Affairs is doing some really good stuff for vets that no one hears about, catching up since 2009. I've helped, in a very minor way, for several years; now I gotta do more.

Eliminating Syria's Chemical Weapons Goes Beyond the Security Council

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Securing and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles will not be easy, risk-free or cheap -- especially if the violence has not completely dissipated.

Obama's Syria Debacle

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

President Obama and his entourage insist that America's credibility to use force prompted the Russians to persuade Assad give up his chemical weapons to avert an American attack. In truth, many keen observers suggest that the president was only too eager to grab Putin's proposal.

Good Cop, Bad Cop and the Syria Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

Since the Syria crisis began, there has been lots of talk from both sides of the political spectrum about how America should not be the "world's polic...

The Red Line Statement Not a Blunder

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The president may have insufficiently considered the implications of his red line comment but we disagree the comment was inherently a blunder. The president was restating conventional wisdom: Using chemical weapons transgresses an international red line that all governments must defend.

Syria as Russia's Oil Price Tool

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Over the last weeks, since the inception of the demonstrations in Egypt for president Morsi's ouster, to the sarin gassing of innocents in Syria these past days, the price of oil has skyrocketed. After Saudi Arabia, the most immediate beneficiary of this spiking of oil prices is Russia.

Saving Humanitarian Intervention From Itself

Blair Glencorse | Posted 11.08.2013 | World
Blair Glencorse

To protect populations more effectively, promote sound governance and generate greater economic opportunity over time, leaders should instead embrace a new doctrine: The Responsibility to Participate.

Wall Street's Rap Sheet Tells a Harrowing Story

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In recent years, we have developed an unhealthy habit of blaming the borrower, but there are two parties in every financial contract -- and the lender is almost always the more experienced, more sophisticated, and more powerful of the two.

Who Are the Good Guys in Syria?

Claude Salhani | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

With the exception of a few intellectuals who truly believe in the democratic system of governance based on Western-like principles, the majority of the Syrian opposition forces appear to be as ruthless as the regime they are fighting to overthrow.

Change Our Story: How Do We Turn Judgment into Empathy?

Peter Buffett | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

I believe that when we can base our actions on empathic responses to what we feel -- as opposed to judgments that we make -- our entire perspective will shift.

The World's 10 Most Mesmerizing Views

minube | Posted 09.05.2013 | Travel
minube

From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed.

Why I Support U.S. Action on Syria

David Harris | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
David Harris

Let's hope that Congress, after reviewing the facts and taking into account what hangs in the balance, will do the right thing and authorize limited military action. The stakes for the United States, and the world, could not be any higher.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Threatens Geopolitical and Regional Conflagration

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.31.2013 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian leaders reiterated their political position on Syria as a non-negotiable issue, adding that any military strike on the Syrian government would not only lead to a retaliatory attack on Tel Aviv, but would also engulf the entire region.

Silence Is Not Golden

Marisa Fox | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Marisa Fox

I, for one, don't want to look back at Syria, the way I'm now looking back at Rwanda and the start of World War II. I know military strikes aren't simple. I understand the consequences. I know the heavy price soldiers pay. My mother was one.

We Have an Ethical Obligation to Intervene in Syria

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Joseph Amodeo

The United States has an ethical obligation to intervene in the humanitarian crisis plaguing Syria. This obligation is not born from seeking to "spread" western principles of governance, but rather to ensure the sustainability of civilization itself.

Is Authority Permission?

Jim Moore | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

By a limited definition of Article II, the president can act on the spot in an emergency to protect American interests. That authority is still not, in my opinion, a blanket permission to act unilaterally in Syria.

The Gap in the US Social Entrepreneurial Startup Scene

Hrag Richard Toutikian | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Hrag Richard Toutikian

"Life is not fair." Most of us have uttered those words at least once during our lives. I know I have. From the far corners of this world to our...

Egypt's Rebels Who Lost Their Cause?

Khaled Diab | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

Some critics in Egypt have wondered whether Tamarod's cosy relationship with the military and its growing jingoism is a sign that the movement sold out its revolutionary ethos to become a loyal lapdog to the SCAF.

A Case for Blowing Things Up

Philip Seib | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Philip Seib

Despite the allure of soft power as a way to deal with international disputes, there is no getting away from the sad reality that hard power is sometimes needed.

Symbolic Wars

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The United States of America should never wage a war unless it intends to win it. This week we are considering waging a war in Syria without any intention of winning that war or even ending it.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Edward Snowden, and Goliath

Jerry Kroth | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Jerry Kroth

It wasn't that many years ago when the "evil empire" of the Soviet Union so trampled on human rights that its intellectuals and artists fled for the United States.

The Absence of Strategic Vision

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The question often raised by many is, does the Obama administration have a cohesive strategy toward the Middle East that addresses the developments of events in the context of that strategy?

U.S. Must Act on Syria

Sarah Trister | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Sarah Trister

The world needs to see what is happening in Syria. Americans, rightly wary of involvement in yet another Middle East drama, should know that indifference has real, human costs, even if they're played out thousands of miles away.

On the Brink of War

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

The United States is once again on the brink of war in the heart of the Middle East. While the necessity of some kind of military intervention -- if only symbolic in nature -- is now evident, the risks are enormous.