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On Foreign Policy, and Fixing Political Dysfunction

On Foreign Policy, and Fixing Political Dysfunction

In foreign policy, a nation acts as a singular entity, with citizens’ identity reflected in its conduct. Today, our discourse projects our political dysfunction.

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Anti-Semitism in the Trump Campaign

Anti-Semitism in the Trump Campaign

A Trump advisor argues that there is no anti-Semitism in its candidate’s campaign, but that it is rampant in the Clinton camp. Classic Trump gaslighting.

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To Pardon or Not to Pardon: The New Snowden Debate

To Pardon or Not to Pardon: The New Snowden Debate

Proposals to pardon Edward Snowden before the end of the Obama administration have revived the debate over his actions and their consequences.

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Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Is Obama’s Syria Policy Defensible?

Has Obama has been taking the “least bad” course on Syria? Reflecting on the last two decades of U.S. foreign policy interventions, the answer is yes.

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Clinton and Why the State Department Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules (Pt II)

Clinton and Why the State Department Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules (Pt II)

Diplomacy today is mobile, continuous, and often time-urgent. The technology, on the other hand, is stationary and only intermittently available.

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Clinton and Why the State Department Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules (Pt I)

Clinton and Why the State Department Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules (Pt I)

The tension between diplomacy and security within the State Department, and mismatched technology, are the real issues in the Clinton e-mail affair.

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“Preserving” Primacy is Both Delusional and Self-destructive

“Preserving” Primacy is Both Delusional and Self-destructive

Global economic interdependency and states’ pursuit of self-interest in today’s multi-polar world combine to undermine U.S. efforts at primacy.

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Social Media Now on Conflicts’ Front Lines

Social Media Now on Conflicts’ Front Lines

Social media is now on the front lines of many international conflicts with clicks and ‘follows’ being the new version of voting with your feet.

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Taking Advantage of Foreign Policy

Taking Advantage of Foreign Policy

In the eyes of Russia, Iran, American allies and many Americans themselves, the United States is no longer guiding foreign policy in the Middle East.

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Trump’s Bad Foreign Policy Prescription

Trump’s Bad Foreign Policy Prescription

Trump’s over-simplistic diagnosis of the threat to America specifically, and the world in general, is off the mark, and so is his prescription.

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On Shifting Ground: A New Documentary on Nepal Earthquake Relief

On  Shifting Ground: A New Documentary on Nepal Earthquake Relief

On Shifting Ground tells the story of collaboration among six Hilton Prize-winning international NGOs and a range of local organizations after the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

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Alliances and American Values

Alliances and American Values

Trump is not alone in complaining about alliances. Others, for various reasons, dislike our relationship with Saudi Arabia or arrangements with Pakistan.

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Obama’s Post-Presidential Foreign Policy

Obama’s Post-Presidential Foreign Policy

In an April 2015 Gallup poll, President Obama’s administration won the highest approval rating of any world leader among non-U.S. citizens.

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Beijing-by-the-Bay: China’s Hidden Influence in San Francisco

Beijing-by-the-Bay: China’s Hidden Influence in San Francisco

The China Overseas Exchange Association poses as an NGO while acting in fact as an overseas propaganda agency of the Chinese government and the Party.

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Obama Lifts Arms Embargo on Vietnam

Obama Lifts Arms Embargo on Vietnam

Despite concerns human rights violations in Vietnam, Obama opted to fully lift the arms embargo on lethal military equipment during his recent visit.

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