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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...

Farewell Madame Secretary

Maryam Zar | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Maryam Zar

Since her debut on the national stage where all anyone knew of her was the color of her inaugural gown, Hillary Clinton has fought for women's rights with the force of a superpower.

Gerry Smith

John Kerry: Foreign Hackers Are '21st Century Nuclear Weapons' | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.24.2013 | Technology

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday likened the threat posed by foreign hackers to “modern-day, 21st century nuclear weapons" and pledged to use d...

Joshua Hersh

Clinton Benghazi Hearings Show Classified Report Could Not Determine Causes Of Attacks | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The classified version of a State Department review of last year's assault on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, found that it was...

Kerry Facing Questions For Big Job

Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. John Kerry, on a smooth path to confirmation as secretary of state, is likely...

Kerry and Hagel Offer Obama a Way Forward on Cuba

Sarah Stephens | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Sarah Stephens

If these two men are nominated and confirmed, this doesn't mean President Obama will elevate Cuba as a foreign policy priority. But it does mean that seasoned figures who urged the country to dump its Cold War baggage and normalize relations would be at the table.

McCain Move Would Put Him In Middle Of Contentious Fight

Foreign Policy | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics

The committee that will soon vet the next secretary of state will have a new Republican heavyweight next year: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the man leadin...

Scott Brown Should Announce He Won't Run for the Senate if John Kerry Is Named Secretary of State or Defense

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The smart move for Brown, and the right move, would be to announce that he would not run for the open seat if Kerry is named to the Cabinet.

A Global Fair Deal for the Disabled

Don Kraus | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics
Don Kraus

The Senate is on the verge of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This would be amazing! The Senate has not been able to push through a multilateral treaty since the Chemical Weapons convention in 1997.

Law of the Sea: A National Security Issue That Unites

Sen. John Kerry | Posted 08.14.2012 | DC
Sen. John Kerry

Conventional wisdom tells us that with the presidential campaign season upon us, the United States Senate is closed for business. On the Foreign Relations Committee, we're working now to prove conventional wisdom wrong.

CAPTION CONTEST: Hillary Clinton Gives A Wink

Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, no stranger to memes, was practically asking to be part of a new one this Wednesday as she testified before the Se...

Michael Calderone

Top Investigative Reporter Lands Big Washington Post Editor | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.21.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- Doug Frantz, a veteran investigative journalist who has done stints at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, ...

Clooney Secretly Crosses Sudan Border, Warns Of Humanitarian Crisis (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Clooney used his Hollywood celebrity Wednesday to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis in the volatile border area bet...

Why John Kerry Was Right to Talk to the Muslim Brotherhood

John Kiriakou | Posted 02.11.2012 | World
John Kiriakou

There is no doubt that we should be engaging the Muslim Brotherhood. That Kerry is doing it indicates that the White House is serious about ensuring and continuing a productive relationship with Egypt. That can only be a good thing.

Former Senator Dies At 91

AP | By KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Former Sen. Charles H. Percy, a successful Chicago businessman once widely viewed as a top presidential contender, described himself as "a ...

Regine Barjon at Senate Hearing: "The People of Haiti Know What They Want"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.27.2011 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Dual citizenship will not solve these problems when Haiti needs the basic human rights of clean water, sustainable jobs and infrastructure.

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

Senate Report Smacks Afghan Nation-Building

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.07.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Afghanistan is at risk of a deep financial crisis when foreign troops leave in 2014 if the United States is unable to overhaul its ...

The Perils of Libyan Nation Building

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Given the lack of civil society and any effective national institutions in the country, a post-Gaddafi Libya will face enormous governance challenges.

Secretary Clinton and the Information War

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

Unlike the United States, China has designed an approach to public diplomacy that is well-funded, imaginative, and fully integrated within its overall foreign policy.

John Kerry's Afghan Dereliction of Duty

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John Kerry should re-read his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, eloquently urging a withdrawal of United States forces from Vietnam, as he contemplates his duty towards Afghanistan.