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Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Report on CIA Torture Shows Need for Limiting ISIS AUMF

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

In the absence of greater agitation, limitation and oversight, the national security establishment is likely to get worse, not better, in terms of its accountability to democratic control and the rule of law.

Sometimes Congress Needs a Kick in the A*#

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Even if outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not schedule a floor debate on an AUMF this week, as is likely, at least the Foreign Relations Committee will have gotten the ball rolling by voting and passing a resolution. That's the most Americans can hope for from the 113th Congress.

This Week Senate Democrats Can Limit the ISIS War

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

At long last the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote this week on an authorization for the use of force for the war against ISIS that started in early August. There is little doubt that a majority of the committee supports the use of force against ISIS. What will be revealed this week is what limits the committee will support in authorizing the use of force.

'President' McCain and His 'Shadow Cabinet'

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

John McCain would much rather have been elected president back in 2008, but for a man who was soundly defeated by Obama, being a Shadow President against that very same man is the perhaps the second-best thing that he could have hoped for.

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that the Republican Party made a loud statement on Election Night.

Amanda Terkel

Top Senator On African Affairs: Ebola Medical Workers Should Be Guaranteed Return To U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs is calling on the United States to ensure that all American...

Obama Should Send John Boehner a "Thank You" Card

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

In making his off-the-cuff statement to the Times on Thursday morning, Speaker Boehner has given the administration several more months before making that decision.

My 3 Favorite Republican Senators

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The pack is out of session for the next seven weeks campaigning for another term. So perhaps this is a good time to get a little reflective and sentimental before campaign season really heats up in October.

Why Obama Should Ask Congress for an ISIS AUMF

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If the Obama administration finds it necessary to expand U.S. military activity against the IS into Syria, President Obama will quickly face a wave of pressure on Capitol Hill on the need to submit a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force for congressional debate and approval.

Senate Follies Almost Derail Confirmation Of New U.S. Ambassador To Russia

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

In the midst of major political turmoil, fiery rhetoric, sanctions, violence in eastern Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Americ...

Senators Threaten To Act Unilaterally On More Sanctions On Russia

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican senators exasperated with the Obama administration's response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine threaten...

The Syrian Opposition Looks to Congress for Help

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

While Bashar al-Assad's military continues to consolidate its position in strategically important areas of central Syria, the Syrian Opposition Coalition is trying to counteract the regime's advances with a campaign of its own -- in Washington.

MANPADS to Syria Rebels: Good or Bad Idea?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The query for President Obama on this subject is the same as it's always been: whether the benefits of sending MANPADS to Syria's moderate rebel battalions is worth the potential costs.

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 06.08.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.18.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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?