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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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Florence Fang’s “100,000 Strong Foundation”: Education or Indoctrination?

Florence Fang’s “100,000 Strong Foundation”: Education or Indoctrination?

For the Communist Party, there is no such thing as education or cultural exchange for its own sake: everything is political, everything is ideological.

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Causeway Bay Incident: Swedish Diplomacy under Challenge

Causeway Bay Incident: Swedish Diplomacy under Challenge

The Causeway Bay Bookstore incident and Beijing's response has posed a serious challenge to Sweden's "human rights diplomacy."

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What We Really Need From Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

What We Really Need From Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

At Hiroshima, the U.S. should project a tone of deepening conciliation, highlighting that the real cement between us and other nations—in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas—is a culture of freedom.

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Parallel Diplomacy in Conflict Resolution: Hope for a Safer World

Parallel Diplomacy in Conflict Resolution: Hope for a Safer World

Where governments are unable or unwilling to venture, at least publicly, for fear of losing credibility with their electorates or their allies, parallel diplomacy can offer a way forward.

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Defending The Liberal World Order

Defending The Liberal World Order

In 1939, an article entitled "Mourir pour Dantzig?" ("Why Die for Danzig?") argued that France should avoid war with Germany if the latter seized Poland. Today, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, as well as Russia's belligerent foreign policy, leads us to ask similar questions.

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The Soft Power of Francis’ Geopolitical Papacy

The Soft Power of Francis’ Geopolitical Papacy

He is outspoken on migration and refugee issues, was involved in brokering an upgrade in U.S.-Cuban relations and takes part in debates on hot-button topics from income inequality to climate change. Francis' view of the papacy is clearly geopolitical.

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Foreign Policy in The Next Term: Finding Public Consensus?

Foreign Policy in The Next Term: Finding Public Consensus?

The only cure for the wariness that defines this year's election is for Americans to find common ground, not so much among political operatives of left and right, but rather between those who govern and the general population.

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Paul Volcker on the Breakdown of Government

Paul Volcker on the Breakdown of Government

We are in a world of economic frustration, breakdown of order, armed conflict, and a seeming vacuum of responsible leadership. Who among us can view with any satisfaction the current manifestation of our own electoral processes, much less our role as international leader?

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Obama’s Visit to Cuba & the Lifting of Travel Restrictions

Obama’s Visit to Cuba & the Lifting of Travel Restrictions

On March 15, President Obama announced that certain travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba would be reduced in preparation for his visit to the small island country.

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U.S. Show of Force in the South China Sea

U.S. Show of Force in the South China Sea

In a show of counterforce, the U.S. has sailed an aircraft carrier, two destroyers, two cruisers, and the command ship of the Japan-based 7th Fleet into the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

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