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The War Bill and the Doomsday Clock

The War Bill and the Doomsday Clock

Hugh Gusterson is a professor of anthropology and sociology at George Mason University who’s also a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He recently wrote that efforts by the Obama Administration to reach …

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Beijing Balks, Tokyo Talks

Beijing Balks, Tokyo Talks

AP Photo: David Guttenfelder
With the official death toll from Typhoon Haiyan topping 4,000 on Wednesday, nations from around the world are ramping up their efforts to help the Philippines deal with over 1,600 missing persons, 700,000 damaged houses and the nearly 10 million people affected.  Australia, Britain and the U.S. …

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Obama and Xi to meet in the desert

Obama and Xi to meet in the desert

This weekend’s meeting in the California desert between a re-elected President Obama and his new Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will likely leave a large imprint on one of the world’s most important relationships in the years to come. Though the six-plus hours of meetings spread over two days will be …

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The UN and BMW Take a Unique Approach toward Cultural Diversity

The UN and BMW Take a Unique Approach toward Cultural Diversity


In 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the

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Ending “Doormat Politics” In Somalia

Ending “Doormat Politics” In Somalia


“More than ever, foreign policy is economic policy. The world is competing for resources and global markets.”   John Kerry
Considering the positive trend of the past eighteen months, Somalia is en route to recovery, and, in due course, to re-engineer a better …

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Considering “The West and the Rest”

Considering “The West and the Rest”

This last week I watched part of Niall Ferguson’s “Civilization: The West and the Rest” series, one of two video segments exploring aspects of Western culture that have set it apart from others.
The show is visually rich, with splices of early 20th century footage and modern cityscapes, with Ferguson himself …

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UN Members Must Rise to September’s Rule of Law Challenge

UN Members Must Rise to September’s Rule of Law Challenge

After more than a year of planning, much diplomatic hype, and thousands of attendees, last month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro produced what one activist called a “failure of epic proportions.” The few agreements—including yet another “universal intergovernmental high level political forum” to talk some more—seemed to fall …

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Cultural Diplomacy: Reducing Global Risks and Increasing National Security

Cultural Diplomacy: Reducing Global Risks and Increasing National Security

The following is a guest post by Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) Mark C. Donfried.
Governments in the twenty-first century are faced with a variety …

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Not so Simple in Syria

Not so Simple in Syria

The New York Times reported this morning that Secretary of Defense Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey voiced their concerns over a possible military operation in Syria. From the Times:
General Dempsey and Mr. Panetta spoke two days after Senator John …

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Red Tape vs. Red Scare: The Bureaucratic Aversion to War and Iran

Red Tape vs. Red Scare: The Bureaucratic Aversion to War and Iran

In last evening’s Republican Debate, the issue of Iran’s attempt to develop fissile material for a nuclear weapon was brought up as it has been in most of the previous debates. To be certain, this is neither a Republican nor Democratic …

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“The Two-State Solution Just Died, Mr. President”

“The Two-State Solution Just Died, Mr. President”


UNITED NATIONS – On the final day of a three month deadline set by the Quartet – Brussels, Washington, Moscow and the UN – for Israelis and Palestinians to …

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The Gospel According to Paul

The Gospel According to Paul

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has amassed a loyal legion of followers. Congressman Paul’s libertarian-leaning views on domestic issues seem to resonate with many voters. For the record, I like Congressman Paul. However, his views on foreign policy are very skewed. …

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US Counterterrorism Law May “Backfire”: UN

US Counterterrorism Law May “Backfire”: UN

On New Year’s Eve, President Barack Obama signed into law the post-9/11 practice of detaining terrorist suspects indefinitely without charge. Shock and awe waves rippled through the blogosphere in response to the move, not least because Obama had threatened to veto an earlier version of the bill. Other grumbles included …

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History On Our Side?

History On Our Side?

In October, the War in Afghanistan reached its 10-year anniversary. Our invasion of Afghanistan was launched as a direct result of the events of 9/11, with a goal to eradicate Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the various terrorist factions based …

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Arab Spring: Winners and Losers in 2011

Arab Spring: Winners and Losers in 2011

It is still too early to determine which Arab Spring countries will eventually become successes in their government reforms and transitions and which stagnate or descend into chaos.
Tunisia. With a homogeneous and well-educated citizenry, distaste for Islamist extremism, and recent free and fair elections, Tunisia stands the most to gain …

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