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

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.03.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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...

The India-U.S. Diplomatic Crisis That Didn't Have to Be

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Prem M. Trivedi

This is not a trivial incident, but it shouldn't have mushroomed into the crisis it has become. Such treatment of a diplomat charged with visa fraud predictably raised eyebrows and may raise broader questions of parity about how the United States expects its owns diplomats to be treated.

Can War With Iran Be Prevented?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

The War Party still has a lot of clout: Israel's Netanyahu may seem isolated internationally, but his allies still own a sizeable chunk of the U.S. Congress. There was a serious attempt in the Senate to sabotage the latest talks by imposing new sanctions on Iran.

Obama and Castro: Caught Red-Handed?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Two leaders shake hands. Some people go nuts. ...

The Iran Nuclear Deal: A New Beginning for the People of the Middle East

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Lia Petridis Maiello

Parsi provided valuable lessons in contemporary diplomacy, and reminded the UN audience why the threat of war can no longer be accepted as the "continuation of policy by other means" in the 21st century.

Startup Diplomacy, the Next Big Thing for American Soft Power

Startup Weekend | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Startup Weekend

The following is an article by David T. Killion, United States Ambassador to UNESCO The United States has long drawn on American culture to advance...

Pact With Iran -- Now That the Dust Settled

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Micah D. Halpern

Iran is working independently to achieve its own goals of once again becoming the most significant player in the Middle East and one of the "go-to" countries in the world. To that end, it tried a significant move at the recent OPEC meeting.

Once Expelled, Gay Diplomat Thrives in Foreign Service (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Kralev

Jan Krc tells his story and talks about the recent advances for LGBT officers, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's now-famous gay rights speech in Geneva in 2011, and about being a foreign-born U.S. diplomat.

Low-Hanging Fruit

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

Some 66 senators now back negotiations with Havana over Gross. Obama won Florida with 50 percent of the Cuban-American vote. What, exactly, is the president waiting for?

How Money in Politics Affects U.S. Diplomacy (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," Harvard professor Joseph Nye, who coined the term "soft power," talks about presidential leadership in the conduct of diplomacy, and how the United States can maintain its primacy in world affairs.


Paula Gordon | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

It feels unusually fortuitous that Thanksgiving and the beginning of Hanukkah overlap this year.

Rep. Sherman Favors More Civilian Airline Crashes in Iran

Ryan Costello | Posted 01.27.2014 | World
Ryan Costello

Many members of Congress have supported sanctions despite the negative impact that they have had on the Iranian people. But Rep. Sherman seems to relish the pain the sanctions inflict on Iranians.

A Breakthrough in Iran That Could Change Everything

Derek Johnson | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Derek Johnson

What is happening in the world right now is remarkable. We are seeing what can be achieved through multilateral leadership, hard-fought diplomacy and international pressure.