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The U.A.E.: America's Reliable Partner

(20) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 5:32 PM

In December 1971 when the late Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahyan united seven disparate emirates into the United Arab Emirates, the United States was quick to recognize the independence of this nascent nation of one million in the heart of the energy-rich Persian Gulf. That gesture of goodwill 40 years ago has...
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Israel's Worsening Security Dilemma

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 2:18 PM

Jogging along the Mediterranean coast in Tel Aviv or on Horev Street in Haifa one sees the love Israelis have for their children. Observing a father holding his daughter on his shoulders on the way to school or a mother giggling with her baby girl at a falafel stand...

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America Needs a "Latin American President"

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2011 | 4:31 AM

President Obama's decision to deploy U.S. marines to Australia is not surprising given that he was born in Hawaii, spent his boyhood years in Indonesia and calls himself "America's first Pacific President." Beyond his personal ties to the Pacific rim, President Obama is paying more attention to the region in...

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Capitalism With a Conscience

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 8:04 AM

During the past few weeks Americans have witnessed increasing crowds gathered at Wall Street -- the symbol of American capitalism -- to protest the excesses of capitalism. It appears that whether in Athens, London, Madrid or New York, two fundamentally difference camps are fighting an ideological battle between savage capitalism...

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Saudi Arabia's Consequential King

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 3:23 PM

Forbes magazine recently ranked the top 70 most influential leaders in the world and ranked Saudi King Abdullah in 6th place. I would argue that the ruler of Saudi Arabia ranks as one of the top four most consequential leaders of today on par with the U.S., Russian...

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Baha'i: A 21st Century Faith

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2011 | 7:11 AM

The man standing to my right was a pensioner from Moscow whose grandfather had been in WWII. To my left was an architect from Tasmania with his wife and young daughters. Immediately behind me stood the chief technology officer for a leading energy company. And straight ahead of me was...

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Iran's Target: Bahrain

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 3:37 PM

In 1892 at the old souk in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, the American Mission Hospital was established. Six years later, American philanthropists opened the American Mission School to deliver quality education to citizens of this Arab nation. A famous Arab proverb symbolizes the struggle these Americans faced in running...

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From Baku to Baltimore: An Investment in Education

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 11:18 AM

Beyond the first two letters in their names Baltimore and Baku appear to have very little in common. Baku is the capital of energy-rich Azerbaijan, a republic of the former Soviet Union the size of Maryland with a population of eight million. With an oil fund in excess of $32...

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Obama's Zimbabwe Moment

(8) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 6:13 PM

As the world focuses on events in the Arab world, and as dictators such as Muammar Gaddafi are overthrown, America's first African-American president has a historic chance to deal with one of Africa's most vicious despots -- Robert Mugabe. Mugabe has imposed economic, financial, social and environmental ruin on his...

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America's New Soft Power

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2011 | 11:21 PM

As Governor Jerry Brown has just signed the California Dream Act into law to allow illegal immigrants to receive state-financed aid for college, the United States should wake up to two mutually reinforcing realities about our broken immigration system. First, America's failed immigration system is the flip side of a...

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