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Diplomacy

Reconciling Internet Freedom and Government Snooping (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," Alec Ross, former senior adviser for innovation at the State Department, talks about the role of modern technology in achieving diplomatic objectives, empowering citizens around the world, and reconciling Internet freedom with U.S. government surveillance.

Syria to Be Referred to ICC? Not a Chance

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.06.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the United Nations Security Council has been underperforming or underachieving on the Syria file would be a colossal understatement. The Syrian rebellion against Bashar al-Assad is now in its fourth year -- the four deadliest years in Syria's modern history.

5 Signs You Know the Middle East Peace Process Is in Trouble

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The one man who has been able to keep the Netanyahu-Abbas square-off from imploding, Secretary of State John Kerry, is signaling that there is not much more the United States can do on its own.

German Envoy Seeks to 'Rebuild Trust' After U.S. Spying Revelations (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 04.03.2014 | World
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," the German ambassador to the United States, Peter Ammon, talks about the need for Washington and Berlin to rebuild trust following recent revelations about U.S. surveillance on German officials.

#SaveFulbright: America Can't Cut the Fulbright Program

Jonathan Rice | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Rice

Instead of being bogged down in high-level diplomatic talks and lofty statements by politicians, Fulbrighters work to make a direct person-to-person impact.

More Money for Diplomacy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I am concerned not only for the safety of our diplomatic corps, but also from the growing perception that they are not a priority concern. Right now we are busily chopping the Pentagon's budget, which in my view is long overdue, but at the same time we need to beef up our diplomatic budget.

'Security' Is Not 17,000 Nuclear Weapons

Derek Johnson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Derek Johnson

There's no debating we would all be better off if there were less and better-guarded highly enriched uranium and plutonium. But the summit missed an essential point: "Nuclear security" is an absurd proposition in a world bristling with more than 17,000 nuclear weapons.

Old World -- New World in the Middle East

Ambassador Uri Savir | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Uri Savir

Obama and Kerry deserve much credit as they adhere to peaceful diplomacy. It is less popular than pretending to be the sheriff of the world, with useless pistols and tanks. In this era, opting for the moral high-ground is also the right choice for influence and growth.

Decoding Hamid Karzai

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Suchitra Vijayan

Karzai has retreated from many ideological and political positions in the face of recalcitrant events and shifting context. The most irreconcilable are his opinions about the Taliban as well as his views on the role of the U.S. in Afghanistan.

Crimea Is Not Kosovo

David L. Phillips | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

There are fundamental legal and political differences between the internationally sanctioned process, which culminated in Kosovo's independence, and Russia's land-grab in Crimea. Kosovo's independence is based on international law; Russia's annexation of Crimea is not.

Diplomacy

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 03.07.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Works of art in dark times have often reminded us of our best. It is important to document and reinforce the human spirit when there seems to be so little of it in the world.

Russian Indifference

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After the Cold War, the American self-image became that of the "sole superpower." We were the only 800-pound gorilla in the world, and therefore we could do what we pleased without having to worry about any other country's ability to stop us. Russia, under Putin, is reasserting itself as the second weighty gorilla in the room.

What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you survey our planet, the situation is remarkably unsettled and confusing. But at least two things stand out, and whatever you make of them, they could be the real news of the first decades of this century. Both are right before our eyes, yet largely unseen.

The Argument Against U.S. Intervention in Syria... And Why It's Wrong

Wendy Pearlman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Wendy Pearlman

We must pursue all political avenues for saving lives. Yet this investment in diplomacy should not eliminate more significant kinds of intervention. Without greater pressure, the Syrian regime is unlikely to consent to a transitional government, or even decelerate its killing of its own people.

104 Members of Congress Say Give Diplomacy a Chance

Joe Cirincione | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The letter will be a blow to efforts to advance a rumored non-binding resolution in the House that would attempt to derail the negotiations with Iran set to begin again on February 18.

Could We Make @BilldeBlasio Meet With J Street?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Bill de Blasio, the new progressive mayor of New York City, has now given us an opportunity to take the fight against AIPAC to the center of its political power among Democrats.

Obama Warns Congress Off Iran Sanctions

Ryan Costello | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

Let's hope the president's message sinks in, because reflexive congressional support for punishing Iran regardless of the consequences remains one of the key obstacles to shattering 34 years of mutual enmity and securing a nuclear deal.

A Big Day for Diplomacy With Iran

Matt Lockshin | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Matt Lockshin

Monday could go down in history as the day we took our first step toward a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran that prevents the country from ever acquiring a nuclear weapon. But the peaceful resolution of international concerns about Iran's nuclear program is hardly assured.

The Zimmermann Telegram

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

Espionage is an even more important issue in this age of electronic communication. In the past few years we have learned that no government or institution, ally or enemy, is safe from the intelligence services of the United States.

Inside North Korea: Lessons for Diplomacy

Paul Heroux | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
Paul Heroux

Considering the culture and political atmosphere of North Korea, we need to ask: How could we even start to break the impasse with North Korea? There are several ideas.

Diplomacy 3.0 Starts in Stockholm

Andreas Sandre | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Andreas Sandre

While we have not yet outgrown Twitter and Facebook -- still key ingredients for any government's digital strategy -- foreign policy is fast moving towards more innovative ways to change its elitist undertones and become a truly participatory, collaborative forum.

The Kerry Surprise

Ambassador Uri Savir | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Ambassador Uri Savir

In the last 30 years, working by Shimon Peres' side, I was privileged to meet and work with six American Secretaries of State: three Republicans and three Democrats.

'Letters From Iran' -- Hope for Peace and Diplomacy

Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani

It has become easy, almost fashionable for a vocal minority to demonize Iranians. It's harder to recognize the hope and opportunity that exists. Or is it?

Reasons to Be Cheerful About U.S. Foreign Policy

John Feffer | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Whether it's rising temperatures or the terrible violence in the Central African Republic, there are plenty of reasons to believe that we'll continue on our downward spiral. But a few trend lines suggest otherwise.

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...