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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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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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