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Lawmakers Call For Tighter Sanctions On Russia

AP | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its...

Poor John Kerry, He Never Gets a Break

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Not only is he juggling four highly fragile international crises simultaneously, but in the very small windows of time he has in Washington, he needs to fulfill his constitutional duty by appearing in front of the United States Congress for hearings and briefings.

Syria Will Worsen Over Next Decade, Intelligence Community Reports

Jack Cahn | Posted 03.18.2014 | Teen
Jack Cahn

The situation in Syria will only get worse. Foreign policy experts in Washington warned on Thursday that the war in Syria will "grind on."

How Hispanic Triangulation Can Help the U.S. Innovate in Foreign Policy

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Josue Lopez Calderon

As the relationship between Latin America and emerging regions such as Asia remains strong, the argument for optimally engaging America's largest diaspora, Hispanics, in U.S. foreign policy has never been more essential.

Chamber Of Commerce Witness Dodges Questions On Whether Climate Change Is Real

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

Karen Alderman Harbert, the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy testified at a hearing of the Senate...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Ukraine Aid Clears Senate Panel As New Snarl Looms

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill that would provide Ukraine with up to $1 billion in loan guarantees and levy sanctions against Russian officials cleared a Senate...

Senate Committee Consulting On Sanctions Against Russia

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are preparing legislation to provide support to Ukraine and consulting with the Obama administration ...

Senate Committee Approves Baucus For China Post

AP | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations committee has easily approved President Barack Obama's nomination of veter...

Ryan Grim

White House On Offense Against Senate Dems

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Thursday challenged a group of senators to admit they are working to push the country toward war with Iran, upping th...

U.S. Scrambles To Avert Civil War In South Sudan

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years after midwifing South Sudan's birth, the United States is desperately trying to prevent the world's youngest nation fr...

Senate Leaders Urge China To Back Off

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committe...

The Disabilities Treaty: Right Treaty, Right Time, Right for America

Judith E. Heumann | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
Judith E. Heumann

Hundreds of thousands of American parents and disabled people have fought hard to bring about the dramatic changes that have occurred in our country over the decades. But what about the parents and disabled people in other countries who face the same kinds of challenges?

Senators Wary Of Iran's Nuclear Intentions

AP | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary of Iran's nuclear intentions, senators are predicting a bipartisan push for fresh penalties and increased lever...

Syria: Pro-War Senators Took 83% More Money From Military Industry

Josh Silver | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Josh Silver

As soon as Foreign Relations Committee members take money from the very companies that stand to make millions from military action, we the people can no longer be unequivocally sure that they are making decisions purely on the merits of what's best for our nation.

Launch a Missile, Save a Refugee

Jim Moore | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Serious doubts about U.S. action in Syria are surfacing all over editorial pages, social media, across the aisles of both chambers of Congress, throughout the nation, and around the world. If I were a headline writer, I'd have "It's a Mess" printed in the largest possible type.

Obama's Syria Decision

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

As President Obama tries to rally support for a strike against Syria, he finds himself in a high stakes diplomatic chess match with no good outcome in sight. Obama's puts at risk the future of his presidency and his legacy.

Senators Agree On Syria Resolution

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria would bar American ground troops for combat...

Christina Wilkie

AIPAC Urges Congress To Approve Syria Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - After weeks of quietly working behind the scenes to build support for U.S. military intervention in Syria, the American Israel Public Aff...

Michael McAuliff

Lawmakers Voice Skepticism Over Syria Strike Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's push to strike Syria ran into a skeptical Congress Tuesday, but the chairman of the Senate Committee on Forei...

Embassy (In)Security -- A Diplomatic SOS

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Al Zawahri's directive is -- by assessments derived from members of Congress briefed on the threat -- the most ominous and credible threat against U.S. interests in the Middle East since 9/11.

Obama Nominee Vows To Fight 'Unacceptable Bias'

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's choice as U.N. ambassador acknowledged Wednesday that the United Nations was unlikely to take decisive act...

A Check on Lethal Aid to Syria

Sahr MuhammedAlly | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Sahr MuhammedAlly

Syria is awash with weapons. Introducing more -- whether small arms or sophisticated anti-aircraft platforms -- without robust civilian protection training, accountability for unlawful conduct, and disarmament planning can become lethal for Syrians.

Afghanistan Is Ready to Seize Its Destiny

Sen. Robert Menendez | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Sen. Robert Menendez

Too many in the region still question our intentions and staying power. They do not want the United States to stay as an occupier; nor do they want us to abandon them. Afghans today fear U.S. abandonment more than they fear the Taliban.

Congress Considers Drone Strike Limits

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Uncomfortable with the Obama administration's use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America's authority...

Kerry Nomination Moving Forward

Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on President Barack Obama...