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Why Does the U.S. Keep Getting Involved in Conflict?

Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani

Ukraine. Gaza. Syria. Yemen. Pakistan. If it feels like the United States is always at war somewhere, that's because it is. Not just Iraq and Afghanistan - the two wars we all know about. Why? The official line varies.

The Limits of American Power: A Letter to the Left

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or driving nationalist reformers into the arms of communists.)

Since When Is Our Secretary of State a Threat?

Mark D. Weinberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Mark D. Weinberg

To hear the State Department tell it, the fact that our Secretary of State was forced to go through a metal detector before being allowed to meet with Egypt's president does not matter very much. But with all due respect, it does matter.

Ban the Bundlers!

Charles Kolb | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

An ambassador is neither a social secretary nor a socialite. It is, quite frankly, embarrassing that so many of our key diplomatic positions are now considered commodities for sale to the highest bidder or bundler.

Obama's Foreign Policy (or Lack Thereof)

Colin Wolfgang | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Colin Wolfgang

Many presidents in the past have worked within a framework that helped guide all decisions on foreign policy. While at points appearing to try, President Obama has not developed such framework of his own.

Hagel's Visit to China and Sino-Russian Relations

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

The United States' desire for a de-escalation of tensions in Asia has become recently more acute due to the unfolding deterioration of diplomatic relations with Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin over Ukraine.

The US Bogeyman in Post-Coup Egypt

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The US reaction to the Egypt coup shows that its policy hinges on two ideas: democracy and stability, which constitutes the dilemma. As a result this perpetually causes it problems in the region.

U.S. Urges Other Countries To Return Snowden

AP | LARA JAKES and JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The U.S. grasped for help Monday from both adversaries and uneasy allies in an effort to catch fugitive National Security Agency le...

Why Does Kenya Love the United States So Much?

Quora | Posted 02.01.2013 | World
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Daniel Mokrauer-Madden, Lived near Voi for twelve months, teaching in a rural secondary schoo...

Is the United States Losing Egypt to China?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given how low Washington is regarded by the average person in Egypt and the Arab Street, China should not have too much difficulty inserting itself as a wedge between them going forward. Based on Mr. Morsi's bold strides in foreign policy, China knows it has a friend in Cairo.

Iran: War Drums Beating

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 04.08.2012 | World
Michael S. Lofgren

The idea of an Islamic bomb exerts a peculiar fascination on American political culture and shines a searchlight on the gross dysfunctionality of American politics.

Realpolitik Is Not a Pretty Sight

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Sound foreign policy should be built on the conflict of thesis, antithesis, and the resulting synthesis. When every diplomat sings from the same script, something is very wrong.

Lonely Are the Foolish

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Obama is well-spoken and polite, but all his rhetoric about multilateralism has had no tangible meaning. The discourse within the foreign affairs community is replete with "they shoulds" and "they musts."

Sudan Is Still Up to No Good

John Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Norris

Just this week, the Lord's Resistance Army has crossed into Darfur, seeking safe haven under the protection of the Sudanese military, and Sudan's notorious president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Re-Branding America: Isn't Necessity the Mother of All Invention?

Neetu Mahil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neetu Mahil

To retain our place in the world, we must build products that the world will love, and the good news is that we have all the pieces to do so within our grasp. We must take up the mantle of American ingenuity.

US Keeps Wary Eye On Yemen Conflicts

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SANAA, Yemen - As three loosely aligned rebel groups continue to wage war against Yemen's U.S.-backed government, American officials here insist the w...

Doing the Right Thing in Somalia

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Frankie Martin

An international stabilization force may well be what is needed in Somalia, but the tough groundwork will have to be laid first. And for this, the Somali people must be on board.

2009: Another Year of Living Dangerously

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

The proud towers of Wall Street have fallen, disgorging packs of thieves and fraudsters. The mighty US suddenly exposed as the proverbial king without clothes. Uncle Sam is bankrupt.

America, Abandoned On Its Own Petard?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

What if, just like us, other countries are content to let America be in the crosshairs of terrorist regimes and turn a jaundiced eye rather than roll their sleeves up and help?

Iranians Send Messages to Obama

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jodie Evans

We just launched our "Let's Talk" campaign with a citizen-diplomacy trip to Iran, where we held meetings to make human connections that we feel play a crucial part in preventing the next war.

An International Community Endorsement for Obama

Meghan Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Meghan Peters

When it comes down to it, Obama's success in foreign policy won't be measured by his experience, but by the world's perception of his ideals and integrity.

Beyond the Palin

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The recent defection of conservative thinkers from the McCain/Palin vision for the country only serves to reinforce the radical nature of the current Republican Party.