Category Archives: Diplomacy

Finally

Via BBC. The EU has finally agreed to issue a set of sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and officials in his regime. Whether this development is a direct result of President Obama’s speech last week is indeterminable, however, what we … Continue reading

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Pandering

Takeaways from yesterday’s speech: 1. After years of pursuing a strategy based on pragmatism, the President  elevated enhancing democratic reforms and strengthening human rights to a US core priority for the region. This, to me, is the most critical portion … Continue reading

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A U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace

The White House today released its new international strategy for cyberspace which seeks to unify the broad efforts of cabinet agencies and define the US role in international cyberspace security and internet freedom. For any readers with an interest in … Continue reading

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In Review: How Wars End

If, like myself and many others, you find the questions surrounding the beginning of conflict very confusing and opaque, than I recommend picking up How Wars End authored by former Clinton National Security Council member, and current editor of Foreign Affairs, Gideon … Continue reading

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Keep up, BBC

One thing I would like to note, I wrote about the reasons which make Syria important for U.S. foreign policy almost a month ago.  It is good to see that BBC is finally catching on. Although, I still doubt the U.S. will … Continue reading

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Fiscal Austerity and American Power

Although the campaign-like phrase “this next decade will shape the future of America,” is said too often to retain its impact, I think with regards to the U.S. defense and diplomacy initiatives of the twenty-first century, it is an inherent … Continue reading

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The Heavyweights Weigh In

I would urge you to read today’s op-ed by two former Secretaries of State, Henry Kissinger and James Baker, on the military intervention in Libya. I would say this is the closest piece, out of those I’ve read anyway, to … Continue reading

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Is it ever worth it?

Charles Homans, who covers the wikileaks beat for FP, asks a good question in today’s column: Was supporting Saleh worth it? In the past few months, as the arab spring movement blossomed across the region, many analysts assessed that Saleh … Continue reading

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Always Be Closing

One important story that is likely to be crowded out by the tenuous shutdown talks is the visit of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to Washington, DC today to meet with Secretary of State Clinton and key Congressional leaders. The visit comes … Continue reading

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