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The Cat That Almost Created a Military Crisis

ADST | Posted 11.12.2015 | World

This is a story about a demanding ambassador's wife, who was "an ogre and an alcoholic," a demanding ambassador, and a cat in Vienna which in 1968 almost caused a military crisis.

The US and Iran's Common Interests in Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen cannot be resolved unless Iran is at the negotiating table.

Syrians Risk Being Ignored at Their Own Peace Talks But Only They Can Bring Lasting Peace

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Hibaaq Osman

Peace talks that are dominated by American voices, Russian voices, Iranian voices, Saudi voices, may provide the opportunity for a de-escalation and perhaps some kind of ceasefire, but without greater involvement of Syrian society, the talks cannot bring lasting peace.

Syrian Negotiations Won't Provide One Winner But Will Ensure Violence Is Absolute Loser

Massoud Khodabandeh | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Massoud Khodabandeh

Thus far, the only way to 'win' the interminable war for Syria was if one power emerged victorious over the others with no concern for life or democracy.

Why Bridging the Iran-Saudi Divide Is Vital for Peace in Syria and the Region

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Rather than trying to constrain Iran and isolate it in its own region, the leaders of Saudi Arabia should acknowledge that Iran is their neighbor and that they can and should live in peace with each other.

No Child's Play: How Kids Are Fighting One Another In The Iraq Conflict

Christoph Wilcke | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Christoph Wilcke

Of course, it is generally known that Islamic State (ISIS) engages in the practice, but they are not the only ones: Iraqi Shia militias fighting ISIS alongside Iraqi government forces are also using kids.

Iran Accepts Invitation To Syria Peace Talks In Vienna

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.28.2015 | World

DUBAI, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and three of his deputies will attend multilateral talks on Friday in Vienna ...

The Iran Deal, Munich and Lessons From Versailles

Michael Zucker | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Zucker

July's Iran nuclear deal stands as one of the most significant foreign policy achievements of this or any recent administration. It rejects a Munich replication and builds on the lessons of Versailles while eliminating many of its pitfalls.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

Hundreds Of Migrants And Refugees To Walk 150 Miles From Hungary To Austria

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.04.2015 | World

They're miles away from their war-torn countries, and they won't stop until they find a new home. On Thursday, an estimated 1,200 migrants and re...

To the People I've Met While Traveling

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 08.21.2015 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

Travel in any form is a special kind of adventure, but there is extra beauty in traveling by yourself. You alone choose how you want to fill every minute of your days and nights: what to do, what to eat, where to go, and how to get there.

How the Iran Deal May Impact Israel's Influence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Whether the deal is rejected or not by the U.S. Congress, in the process, conservatives in Israel and in the U.S. will have enhanced their ability to flex their lobbying muscles going forward, and Israel will be well positioned to receive enhanced defense assistance from the U.S.

Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Credit McQuarrie for crafting colorful antagonists, even if the plot line is not all the impressive and the dialogue is only intermittently memorable. At some point you won't care.

Iran Won the Vienna Accords by Agreeing to Stop What It Never Was Doing

William O. Beeman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
William O. Beeman

Iran has won the diplomatic struggle over its nuclear program in Vienna. Its success was not due to United States negotiators' fecklessness as Republican critics and Prime Minister Netanyahu have been quick to assert.

Dear U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

David Harris | Posted 07.19.2015 | World
David Harris

In the end, if the current agreement goes forward and proves better than expected, Israeli leaders would, I hope, admit they erred and offer suitable apologies. But if it goes worse than advertised, then it will be Israel, plus its Arab neighbors, that will pay the heaviest price.

Vatican Says It Views Iran Deal In A 'Positive Light'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion

World powers announced on Tuesday that an agreement had been reached with Iran to limit the country’s nuclear activity -- and the Vatican w...

PHOTOS: Iranians Welcomes Nuclear Deal With V-Signs, Dancing

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.14.2015 | World

Iranians celebrated at home and in the streets on Tuesday, hours after negotiators for Iran and six world powers announced in Vienna they had brokered...

A Gift for the Liars

Yair Lapid | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Yair Lapid

In my conversations in the White House and with leading Senators during my visit to Washington last month I suggested that inspections be put above all other issues. I explained that there is no point insisting on all the other details of the agreement if the Iranians will anyway cheat.

If Iran Doesn't Meet These 4 Demands, the U.S. Should Walk Away

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.07.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, and their delegates have held hours upon hours of meetings over the past two days with one objective in mind: striking a nuclear agreement before June 9 that everyone around the table can live with.

A 4th of July Sidebar Discussion in Vienna

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 07.04.2015 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna, at some point, he might want to make a reference to an event that just took place at the State Department in Washington on July 1 -- the announcement of the 2015 World Food Prize laureate.

Don't Throw Momma From the Boat: How I Survived a Danube River Cruise

Natalie Compagno | Posted 06.09.2015 | Travel
Natalie Compagno

I am watching the season finale of "Downton Abbey" when my Mom calls to say that she wants to go on a Danube river cruise. Of course she does. It's Pavlovian, the Viking Cruises ad runs before each episode and the bells ring for the servants to attend to the aristocrats of the manor.

The Spanish Main: Tales of the Union Jack, the Fleur-de-Lis and the Jolly Roger

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Have you ever wondered why there are so many old-time forts on the Caribbean islands? And who built them? And why?

We Bet You've Never Seen A Crosswalk Like This Before

AP | By GEORGE JAHN | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices

VIENNA (AP) — Some Vienna pedestrian traffic lights are suddenly not only red or green. They're also gay or straight. And Austria's r...

8 Lessons I Learned From Traveling Solo

Elodie Cheesman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Elodie Cheesman

With a six-week long university break stretching out before me and indecisive friends "umm-ing" and "aah-ing" over holiday plans, I decided to travel alone. My solo adventures in Copenhagen, Budapest and Vienna really emboldened me. Corny as it is to say, my solo traveling experience has literally opened up a world of possibilities.

A Tale of (Fraternal) Twin Cities

Allison Pataki | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Allison Pataki

When you drive across the border from Austria into Hungary, you barely know that you've passed an international boundary. This took me by surprise the first time I made the two and a half hour drive from Vienna to Budapest.