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Is It Gluttony or Starvation That Is Killing 'Marriage' in the United States?

Laura Wellington | Posted 07.30.2014 | Divorce
Laura Wellington

With most marriages lasting a tad over twelve years presently (harboring four years of "separation" within and numerous concerted attempts at marriage counseling, marriage boot camp, marriage retreats, and reconciliation be damned), it is no wonder that marriage in the United States is on the decline

From Chaos, a New Security Order

Rhianna Tyson Kreger | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Rhianna Tyson Kreger

The ability to predict outcomes decreases as a system's complexity increases. If we have a gas in a container and remove 10 percent of its molecules, it is likely that we will observe little change: it will still remain gas in a container.

The Post-American Multiplex World

Amitav Acharya | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Amitav Acharya

While elements of the old liberal order will survive, they will have to accommodate new actors and approaches that do not play to America's commands and preferences. The multiplex cinema is an apt analogy for today's post-American world. Several movies are running in different theaters within a single complex. Hollywood style includes thrillers and Westerns with violence, crime, ruggedness and heroism as prominent themes. Bollywood fare offers passion, tragedy, song and dance. Kung fu films produced in Hong Kong and Taiwan play next to patriotic and propaganda films from communist China. No single director or producer would monopolize the audience's attention or loyalty for long. The audience has a choice of shows.

The Disappointing U.S. Statement On Anti-Personnel Land Mines

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

It is past time for the United States to agree to a ban on the use of these indiscriminate weapons and to accede to the Ottawa Convention. The U.S. statement does not advance that outcome.

American Leadership in a World in Flux

Bruce Jones | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Bruce Jones

In every region, and at home, critics decry the lack of American leadership, and American withdrawal from the world stage. The narrative of American decline and withdrawal is becoming the conventional wisdom. But is it right?

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.

Full of Sound and Fury: Unmasking Hassan Rouhani's True Intentions

Jared Feldschreiber | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jared Feldschreiber

For all the hope expressed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may be a "moderate leader" and the antidote to his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, many remain leery as to the true intentions of the Islamic republic's leader.

John Celock

Foreign Lawmakers Say Congress Should 'Get Their House In Order'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women from four foreign governing bodies said Monday that they think Congress should come together to prevent a government shutdown, whi...

With NSA Surveillance, US Government May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

The internet has never been a perfect tool for advancing democracy and human rights. Despite the most optimistic techno-utopian projections, the inte...

'Fast Diplomacy': The Future of Foreign Policy?

Andreas Sandre | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Andreas Sandre

Because social media exponentially multiplies a message and its reach, mistakes often occur in sudden and unexpected fashion. This is why risk management needs to become part of a digital diplomacy strategy -- not just crisis communications.

Reducing the Deficit Through Foreign Aid

David Weiss | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
David Weiss

Providing foreign aid means making a long-term investment in developing our aid partners, which results in both trade and security benefits for the U.S.

A World Without A Moral Guidepost?

Ian Bremmer | Posted 01.17.2013 | World
Ian Bremmer

We live in a global political order that has become unmoored from the underlying trend of U.S.-led globalization. We have much less of a single moral guidepost and leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to act on their moral sensibilities.

5 Long-Term Trends the New Obama Cabinet Should Understand

Jonathan Moyer | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Jonathan Moyer

The new Obama cabinet should focus on promoting improved migration policies in the countries forecasted to age most. Such policies would help these countries, which are now our major economic partners, to promote stability and growth in a way that's sustainable long into the future.

Haiti's Battle to Shake Off a Poor Reputation

Henri-Claude Müller-Poitevien | Posted 09.07.2012 | World
Henri-Claude Müller-Poitevien

For decades Haiti has fought a reputational battle against those in the international community and the media that portray Haiti as an eternally poor, ravaged nation unable to stand on its own feet, forever dominated by outside interests and without the ability to prosper.

The Axis of Indifference in the Media World

Danny Schechter | Posted 07.12.2012 | Media
Danny Schechter

In an age of globalization, as global news grows more important, it is covered less. The network challenge is how to appear to be covering the world without really covering it.

Education + Experience = Unemployed

Jeanette Khan | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Jeanette Khan

My story shows that education and experience do not always equal employment, no matter what society has led you to believe.

Dealing With Iran

James Zogby | Posted 04.05.2012 | World
James Zogby

If we are to believe a variety of confirmed and unconfirmed sources in Israel and the U.S., some day in the next few months we may wake up to the news that Israel has bombed Iran's nuclear facilities. Or maybe not.

Are We on the Wrong Side of History?

Nida Khan | Posted 11.28.2011 | World
Nida Khan

When the world is championing the cause of freedom for Palestinians, how can we -- a country that prides itself on independence and exports democracy -- simply reject the notion all together?

A Disturbing and Dangerous Week at the U.N.

James Zogby | Posted 11.24.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

It was a week of speeches and exhausting meetings and deliberations over what to do about the Palestinian bid for statehood. In a way, it was the speeches that told the story.

Space-Monitoring Satellite Will Enhance Global Security

T.A. Ridout | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
T.A. Ridout

We all depend on satellites, whether or not we know it. Making space safe and secure for both satellites and space travel will depend largely on enhancing space situational awareness.

Neo-Zionism -- Israel's True Threat

Dana Agmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dana Agmon

Unlike any Jew in the world, regardless of their human quality, that can set foot in Israel and welcomed with bells and whistles, kids who were brought to life here are being deported because they are not, simply put, Jews.

9/11 Reflection: Let Us Not Waste The Limited Number of Hours We Have Left

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

9/11 brings back haunting memories. Having buried by brother and mother almost back-to-back just before 9/11, losing all three of my life-long mentor...

God Dammit!

Dana Agmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dana Agmon

Thank you Aid Flotilla, for ruining it for all us moderate, peace seeking Israelis. And thank you our Israeli government for further devastating our e...

Pakistan's Chronic Crisis with Itself

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

In this "Year of India" at Brown, we are talking again about the Pakistan question next door -- about India's nuclear-armed neighbor and sibling, on the verge, some say, of meltdown.

Zone of International Interest

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gary Hart

For many years the United States has been the de facto guarantor of world oil supplies. Someone has to do it, but does that "someone" always have to be the United States?