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“If I Can’t Have You the Way I Want You, I Quit”

“If I Can’t Have You the Way I Want You, I Quit”

While the world’s focus was turned on America’s debt fiasco, over the past few weeks the sun has begun to shine from behind the clouds that have hovered over the Korean peninsula for the last year. On July 29, Special Representative for North Korean Policy, Stephen W. Bosworth, briefed the press on the conclusion of […]

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Defense Cuts Harm the Transatlantic Alliance

Defense Cuts Harm the Transatlantic Alliance

Earlier this week, NATO’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, warned that European countries’ cuts in defense budgets risk the “gradual decline” of Europe. NATO’s engagement in Libya has exposed weaknesses in the alliance, particularly regarding who contributes to operations and how much. As Europe leaps to implement austerity measures, defense budgets are the first on […]

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An Important Win at the WTO

An Important Win at the WTO

In case you missed it, the U.S., along with the European Union and Mexico, won an important ruling at the World Trade Organization earlier this week. The parties had lodged complaints against China, whom they accused of unfairly restricting exportation of a variety of key raw materials commonly found in a wide range of manufactured […]

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Secretary Clinton Gets Serious About eDiplomacy

Secretary Clinton Gets Serious About eDiplomacy

 The U.S. Department of State is quickly establishing itself as the most forward leaning U.S. public organization to embrace the use of technology to usher in a new era of open government.  The latest example that Secretary Clinton is committed to helping other nations to press the ‘reset’ button on how they share information and interact […]

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Quick Reaction to Pres. Obama's Middle East Speech

The problem with President Obama’s “Remarks on the Middle East and North Africa” is that it is already being regarded by almost everyone as a speech on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  This is a shame because it wasn’t what the speech should have been about (and actually otherwise was about) at all.  For that reason, I […]

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Pakistan Has its Own Plans for Afghanistan

Since its independence, Pakistan has been a crucial ally to the United States — though when it comes to fighting the war in Afghanistan, it is proving a reluctant one these days. Pakistan has sacrificed blood and treasure in fighting terrorism in its tribal regions, but its government has failed to end both extremist support and influence within its borders.

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American Citizens: More Effective than Diplomats in Engaging Foreign Publics?

The United States is winning no popularity contests in Pakistan. Only 17 percent of Pakistanis view the U.S. in a favorable light. Obviously, the U.S. State Department has a long way to go on the public diplomacy front. One of the most promising ways State is trying to engage foreign publics with unfavorable perceptions of the U.S. is through citizen diplomacy.

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Tweets From Secretary Clinton

Tweets From Secretary Clinton

“At the State Department, we recognize that stand-alone government-to-government diplomacy is no longer enough. From Secretary Clinton down, we are embracing new media and new technologies as vital tools for what we call 21st Century Statecraft.” Judith A. McHale,  Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Throughout the Middle East, and around the world, […]

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What Libya Reveals About NATO

What Libya Reveals About NATO

So, I was wrong – sort of.  In an earlier post on the subject of NATO, I suggested that it was possible (though not certain) that Afghanistan could be NATO’s last big joint operation if the alliance did not undertake some form of mission revision.  My reasoning was simple: if NATO could not maintain to […]

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Mr. Erdogan’s Media “Freedom”

Earlier this month, thousands took to the streets in Istanbul and Ankara demanding the release of journalists arrested for suspected ties to the Ergenekon conspiracy. Charges have yet to be pressed, leading many to surmise it was not conspiracy but criticism—of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP)—that prompted the arrests.

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Crisis and Opportunity: Next Steps on Egypt

Crisis and Opportunity: Next Steps on Egypt

The “Arab Revolt of 2011” continues to roil, and events are moving so quickly that the Egyptian Revolution that so shocked the world has already mostly fallen to a secondary headline following reports of what is effectively a civil war and humanitarian crisis in neighboring Libya.  And yet, Egypt still matters quite a lot as […]

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The Newest Human Right

The Newest Human Right

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced that the U.S. State Department plans to spend $25 million this year on initiatives designed to protect bloggers and help them get around curbs like the Great Firewall of China. She also added, “Those who clamp down on internet freedom may be able to hold back the full […]

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SOTU Review: America, the World, and Global Competition

To be fair, the White House was clear that President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday would not be focused on foreign policy, and so the basically-perfunctory treatment of international issues during the speech was not much of a surprise.  Obama is clearly more focused on domestic policy than foreign affairs, but in […]

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Getting Latin America Wrong Again!

Getting Latin America Wrong Again!

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust Why do American foreign policy decision makers and diplomats continue to misjudge the political character of Latin America and the Caribbean? Our understanding (really our misunderstanding) of the socio-political landscape of this region traps us into supporting […]

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Reviewing "After the Wall: A World United"

Reviewing "After the Wall: A World United"

I had an opportunity to preview a new documentary that will premier on PBS entitled, After the Wall: A World United, which focuses on the political challenges that had to be overcome in order to reunify Germany at the end of the Cold War.  It’s a fascinating look at one of the most critical events […]

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