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Ban the Bundlers!

Charles Kolb | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

An ambassador is neither a social secretary nor a socialite. It is, quite frankly, embarrassing that so many of our key diplomatic positions are now considered commodities for sale to the highest bidder or bundler.

Obama's Foreign Policy: Three Stages Of Hope

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

When historians write their chapter on the second Obama administration, many of its stories will have originated in the Middle East. However, in terms of weighty consequences for the U.S.'s role in the future world order, nothing will be as determinative as developments in the Far East.

Ambassador Susan Rice: On Using Social Media For Diplomacy

92nd Street Y | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
92nd Street Y

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice's name has been in the news lately, so we thought it would be a good time to post her appearance from the 2012 Social Good ...

Why Should We Care About Diplomacy?

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Nicholas Kralev

What do those people do every day in hundreds of embassies and consulates, when they do not host visiting dignitaries or participate in high-stakes negotiations? On a human level, how does the Foreign Service lifestyle affect its members and their families?

The "American Brand" -- A Symbol of Quality and Innovation

Robert Hormats | Posted 09.09.2012 | Business
Robert Hormats

During my extensive travels abroad, it has become abundantly clear to me that "Made in America" means something special. American companies sell innovative, high-quality goods and services that are highly valued around the globe.

Afghanistan's 'Asia Heart Conference'

Paulo Casaca | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Paulo Casaca

The NATO Chicago May Summit endorsed the military pull out of Afghanistan by 2014, approved the broad lines of a transitional financial support to the Afghan security forces system up to 2024, endorsed the future development assistance to an international conference to be held in Tokyo in July and the "regional confidence building measures" to the "Heart of Asia" ministerial conference to be held in Kabul on June the 14th.

Aspen Ideas Fest: UK Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald On U.S. Foreign Policy

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.01.2011 | Denver

A mid-day question and answer session at the Aspen Ideas Festival featured UK ambassador to the United States Nigel Sheinwald in a question and answer...

The End of the Line in Yemen

Theo Padnos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Theo Padnos

The disappearance of drinking water, corruption, terrifying mosque speeches -- these elements have not yet produced the systems failure everyone knows is coming -- but they have certainly ratcheted up the tension.

Gaddafi's Mind: A Political Psychology Perspective

Tijana Milosevic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tijana Milosevic

Gaddafi's statements are not a mere propaganda attempt and he honestly believes in what he is saying.

US: Vatican Relations Strong Despite Cable Leak

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ROME — Washington's relationship with the Holy See is too strong to be undermined by WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican s...

Clinton Unveils Diplomacy Roadmap: 'Leading Through Civilian Power Saves Lives & Money'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday unveiled a reorganization plan for the State Department that aims to restore...

Can the US Get Back the Needed Moral Authority to Host a 2020 World Expo?

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Jacobson

I'm still digging into the slag heap that was the "USA Pavilion" at the World Expo: a completely private, law-evading, tax-exempt gift to wealthy corporations posing as a public institution.

Expelled Ambassadors Restored By US, Venezuela

Reuters | Enrique Andres Pretel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARACAY, Venezuela (Reuters) -- The United States and Venezuela will soon reinstate ambassadors expelled in a diplomatic spat last year, a sign of war...

From Belfast to Jerusalem: Lessons from Northern Ireland for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

On the day after St. Patrick's Day, a panel was convened on Capitol Hill to discuss the lessons learned from the Irish peace process, and reflect on their applicability to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

To Succeed in Israel/Palestine Where Clinton Failed, Obama Needs a History Lesson

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

If Obama limits his negotiating horizons to the failed visions of his Clinton-era Mideast team, the situation in Israel-Palestine is going to get a lot worse in the coming years.

Why We're Failing In Afghanistan

Coloradoindependent.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When it takes seven bone-jarring hours to drive just 90 miles over war-scarred dirt roads from Kabul to the troubled Helmand Province in southwest Afg...