Given that the prevailing environment in southern Africa is characterized by widespread democratic backsliding, it is high time that the United States both reevaluates and reshapes its strategy in the region.
Sequestration threatens more than flight schedules. For many people around the world, sequestration is literally a life-or-death issue. Its impact may be most deeply felt by those living in developing nations.
Today, Georgia is approaching a battery of elections, for parliament in 2012 and president in 2013, that will not only have tremendous bearing on that country's future, but on the U.S. role and position in the region for years to come.
It's critical that our news media cover these issues in a way that touches people, and helps people to understand exactly what's happening in the countries, cities, villages, towns, health centers and homes of people around the world.
We are already making smart development investments in Pakistan in energy and agriculture, but until we make credible game-changing investments in basic education, we can expect those gains to be unsustainable in the long-term.
Any Congress, particularly a hostile Congress, has the power to give any sitting president a major national security migraine -- and the incoming House GOP leadership has proven their determination to do just that.
At stake is America's ability to effectively address the global challenges of the 21st century. And the timing is important: in just two months, the eyes of the world will be on the Millennium Development Goals Summit.
Obama's speech was a call for a new spirit of global partnership, emphasizing that real progress in lifting millions out of poverty and countering transnational threats cannot be made by governments alone.