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Monroe Doctrine

Whose Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness Is More Important?

Jorge Mérida | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Jorge Mérida

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness... I am sure that all of you who have been through political science and philosophy in universities have discussed these ad nauseam. These are concepts probably unfamiliar to others, people like my father, my uncles.

The Obama Tactic

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The American public isn't exactly strongly supportive of Obama's foreign policy right now, but one thing the public really doesn't support is getting involved with any of the various conflicts raging over there. We are still -- again, according to the polls -- a pretty war-weary nation.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

A Necessary Intervention: The Need to Bring Back Teddy's Big Stick for the Border Children

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

The debate about our failed immigration policies is back in full force in the American consciousness with the recent news of tens of thousands of "children" trekking to our southern border dominating the headlines.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

Fresh Thinking on U.S. National Security Policy

William Astore | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
William Astore

How about some truly fresh thinking on national security? Here are five ideas that are more visionary than anything our sclerotic and self-absorbed bureaucracy will ever produce.

Limits of American Power, a Historical Perspective

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

Americans today debate possible new interventions, withdrawals, disputes over what does and does not constitute a "red line," and other applications of power abroad in light of enormous geopolitical changes and challenges. Let the debate consider the long history of cautious realism.

President Hugo Chavez and America's "Backyard"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Hugo Chavez defied this history of power relations in the hemisphere. And for that defiance elite voices will vilify him, but a far larger number of people will see him as a hero.

In Unsettling Development for Washington, Venezuela Ramps Up China Oil Exports

John C.K. Daly | Posted 10.24.2012 | Business
John C.K. Daly

So, where does Washington go from here? If it wants to preserve its increasingly tenuous foothold in a nation with the world's largest oil reserves, it might begin by engaging in some honest diplomacy.

Fewer Swords, Smaller Shields: Defining a New National Security Ethos

William Astore | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Given all these swords and all these shields (and all of our frustrating wars and all of the lives spent), the key question of the 2012 presidential election should be: Are we truly more secure now than we were twelve years ago?

Aborting the Monroe Doctrine?

Ken Blackwell | Posted 10.07.2011 | World
Ken Blackwell

European governments are exerting heavy-handed influence through UN agencies, demanding that nations like El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, and Bolivia enact abortion-on-demand. And not just these little Latin states are being bossed.

As Latin America Changes, Will the U.S. Policy Debate?

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

Latin America is at its most divided, ideologically and in its economic trajectories. Do we have the intellectual tools and framework to deal with it?

From Narcocracy to Democracy... Can a Marshall Plan Contain Haiti's Global Drug Trade?

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

The IMF has proposed a plan that might help Haiti build a new foundation for nation building. But if this plan is to succeed it will need to contain the global drug trade that dominates Haiti's economy.

Obama's Nobel More Deserved Than Teddy Roosevelt's?

James Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
James Bradley

Theodore Roosevelt won the Peace Prize for bringing the Russians and Japanese to the negotiating table to end the bloody Russo-Japanese War. In fact, Roosevelt did little to abet peace.

How Sweet It Is... Brazil's Sugar Ethanol Fuels China's Recovery

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Ethanol trade has helped make China Brazil's top trade partner, replacing Uncle Sam, who had been top dog ever since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.

My Gal Pal Sarah and Me

Linda Kulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Kulman

Mrs. Palin can practically see Russia from her house and, in an amazing coincidence, I can practically see the Swiss Embassy from mine.

The Case Against Admitting Georgia and Ukraine to NATO

Chuck Spinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chuck Spinney

Bush, like his predecessors, has worked to undo the result and promote a less democratic alternative. Promoting democracy does not matter, because the game has degenerated into unlimited greed.