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Breathless in North Korea

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Christine Ahn

While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.

Sanctions Could Come In Like A Wrecking Ball For Miley Cyrus

Reuters | Jussi Rosendahl | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

HELSINKI, April 3 (Reuters) - Finnish concerts by American pop stars Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake have come under the cloud of U.S. sanctions a...

The Specter of Space Station Sanctions: MAD

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

The dilemma for the West is how to really punish Russia and make it suffer without inflicting similar pain and suffering on itself.

In Cuba Policy Debate, Theories Don't Cut It

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Mauricio Claver-Carone

It's time for those who theorize that closer business ties to Cuba will trigger economic and political reform, and want to scuttle U.S. sanctions, to face some inconvenient truths.

Update: U.S. Government Suspends Consideration of Funding for Yamal LNG

Doug Norlen | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Doug Norlen

Ex-Im Bank first announced Yamal as a pending project in November 2013, the same month that the Kremlin-backed Ukranian government used violence against tens of thousands of demonstrators, and many years after Russia's use of gas exports as a geopolitical weapon began. Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg needs speak out on this issue, and let the public know exactly where Ex-Im Bank stands.

Ukraine Crisis Hurts Obama's Ratings

AP | CONNIE CASS and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign policy used to stand out as a not-so-bleak spot in the public's waning assessment of Barack Obama. Not anymore. He's getti...

Will the U.S. Fund Russian Gas Exports?

Doug Norlen | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Doug Norlen

Given Russia's use of natural gas exports to bully Ukraine and Western Europe in the current crisis, sanctions should be expanded to include companies working in Russia's oil and gas export sector.

No Sanctions Will Stop Russia-Crimea Reunion

Elena Ulansky | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

The annexation of Crimea by Russia is a fact. Neither the threat of sanctions prior to the Crimean referendum, nor the first actual sanctions after Putin signed the treaty accepting Crimea into the Russia, had any effect. These new sanctions announced Thursday are equally meaningless.

U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

Michael Shank | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Now should be the time when Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama aggressively propose confidence-building measures, not mete out more military muster. This will get us nowhere fast.

The Week to Week News Quiz for 3/21/14

John Zipperer | Posted 05.21.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

What's the bigger mystery: Flight 370's current location or Ukraine's future existence? See how well you've been following events by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz.

In the Battle for Crimea Wins... China?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 05.17.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

One of the unintended consequences of sanctions will be the acceleration of warming of the relations between China and Russia. Despite China's long held policy that no country should interfere in another's internal affairs, it unexpectedly abstained from the United Nations draft condemning Crimea referendum.

Russia's Economy -- a Crevasse in Putin's Armor

Michael Kay | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Michael Kay

It may be too late for the U.S. administration to salvage Crimea in the short term. But crafting an energy strategy that bolsters future geopolitical security for Europe and Ukraine would exploit the homemade crevasse in Putin's armor.

Neither Sanctions Nor Loans Will Solve the Crimean Occupation

Elena Ulansky | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

At the moment it appears that whether unlawful or not the occupation of Crimea will not end because of military or economic sanctions by the EU and the United States. Loans will prevent the collapse of Ukraine.

Russian Indifference

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.03.2014 | 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.

Biden Warns Ukraine President: U.S. Prepared To Sanction

AP | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the United States is prepared to sanction Ukrainian officials who are responsible for deadly violenc...

AIPAC: Stuck With the GOP

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

It doesn't matter what legislation AIPAC decides to push in March. The main thing it will be pushing is fear and no small dose of hate. The inevitable fusion of AIPAC and the GOP is approaching.

The Illusion of AIPAC's Invincibility

Trita Parsi | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Trita Parsi

The defeat of AIPAC's ill-advised push for new sanctions on Iran in the midst of successful negotiations is nothing short of historic. The powerful and hawkish pro-Israeli lobby's defeats are rare and seldom public. But in the last year, it has suffered three major public setbacks, of which the sanctions defeat is the most important one.

Obama Readies Ukraine Sanctions

Reuters | Patricia Zengerle | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The Obama administration is preparing financial sanctions that could be imposed on Ukrainian officials and protest le...

Clinton Needs to Support Obama on Iran or Lose in 2016

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

There can be little doubt that Hillary Clinton lost the 2008 nomination for president because she voted to authorize the Iraq war. If she had opposed it, there would have been no rationale for the Obama candidacy. It is likely that she, not President Obama, would now be in the White House.

White House Threatens Ukraine Sanctions If Violence Continues

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday condemned the violence taking place in Kiev, urged all sides to de-escalate, and threaten...

'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?

Tossing Around the Charge of Anti-Semitism

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Ben-Ami

Clearly, we must remain vigilant against the threat of anti-Semitism. But the constant use of the accusation against anyone that we feel is insufficiently pro-Israel (including members of our own community) or against anyone we disagree with is foolish and damaging.

Will Congress Become a Threat to Mid-East Peace?

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Without taking the threat of harsher sanctions or even war off the table explicitly, it would nevertheless be totally counterproductive to brandish those threats while seeking a peaceful resolution. No one, either in personal or diplomatic life, responds favorably to explicit threats.

Tide Turns Towards Diplomacy as Key Senators Oppose New Iran Sanctions

Jamal Abdi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

If the sanctions can successfully be paused, the next battle looms: Will Congress be able to accept a good deal that puts constraints on Iran's nuclear program to protect against weaponization in exchange for sanctions relief?

Dold Sinks to New Low

Steve Sheffey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Steve Sheffey

Dold is succeeding only in showing the pro-Israel community how little he understands that the perception, as well as the reality, of strong bipartisan support is vital to the stability of the US-Israel relationship.