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6 Countries Trump Has Already Insulted And Provoked

Here’s a list of six countries and major international institutions that Trump and his team have threatened—injecting anything but stability into international affairs. Certainly this behavior is silly, unnecessary, and stupid. The question is, will these provocations and others to likely follow lead to serious new international conflict.

February 5, 2017

Ambassador Is A Dangerous Job

Many worry that the political circus around Benghazi will deter American officials from taking risks in the name of diplomacy. That would deny America its first line of defense. The best way to honor Stevens would be as a patriot-diplomat who accepted risk in service to his country.

January 14, 2016
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5 Best Things That Happened In 2015

Amidst the domestic sturm und dang of overly hyped fears and hysterical pandering to our worst instincts, continued progress around the world made us safer, healthier and potentially even smarter. So as a public service and a tribute to the truth, let’s dwell on the positive developments of the past year for a moment.

January 4, 2016

Kerry Urges ‘Genuine Democracy’ At U.S. Flag Ceremony In Cuba

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations, but he also urged political change in Cuba, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders.

August 14, 2015

Obama Vs. The Cavaliers Of Unilateralism

If you wondered why President Obama gave such a passionate and, yes, partisan speech on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, all you had to do was tune in to the Republican presidential debate the next night.

August 10, 2015

Creators Of Iran Situation Should Stay Out Of It Now

In a speech on the Iran deal President Obama chastised Dick Cheney and his ilk. He didn’t mention the former vice president by name, but few in the audience would have missed the reference.

August 8, 2015

The 45th President Will Owe Obama Big Time

Obama has already done many favors for the president who will be inaugurated in January 2017. The Democrats know it and the Republicans won’t admit it.

August 6, 2015

Kerry Warns U.S. Congress Scrapping Iran Deal Would Mean Path To Nuclear Weapon

“If we walk away, we walk away alone. Our partners are not going to be with us.”

July 28, 2015

Obama Says Yet To Hear Good Argument Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Obama said the majority of the world’s nuclear scientists and non-proliferation experts backed the July 14 accord.

July 27, 2015

John Kerry: Bittersweet At Best, What Might Have Been

President Obama will be remembered for these foreign policy breakthroughs, but the craftsman whose name is on the woodwork is John Kerry.

July 24, 2015

Obama: Reaganite On Iran

There are parallels between the two-step approaches that both Reagan and Obama took to a problematic foe.

July 16, 2015

Obama Launches Campaign To Sell Iran Deal

It took years for President Barack Obama to negotiate a historic nuclear deal with Iran. Now it’s time for him to sell the plan to foreign leaders, U.S. lawmaker,s and the American public.

July 15, 2015
World News, Politics, United Nations, Nuclear, Talks, Iran, John Kerry, Deadline, Sanctions, Middle East, Lusanne

Iran Nuclear Negotiators Hint They May Announce Deal Soon

Negotiators for Iran and six world powers labored through a new round of talks Thursday, amid hints that they may announce a comprehensive nuclear deal in the next day or two, if not later Thursday.

July 9, 2015

Pro-Israel Groups Divided Over Iran Going Into 2016

The Israel lobby — one of the most powerful in Washington — is divided over how to deal with Iran and leaders say the 2016 elections will focus more on national security than the previous few have.

July 8, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) stands next to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) during a round of nuclear negotiations on March 2, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland (AFP/Evan Vucci)

Most Americans Back Iran Nuclear Deal, Poll Says

59 percent of Americans support the framework of an agreement with Iran while 36 percent oppose it.

July 6, 2015

Kerry Tempers Optimism For Deal With Iran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tempered expectations that a nuclear deal with Iran is imminent as foreign ministers from world powers rejoined a ninth straight day of negotiations.

July 5, 2015

U.S. And Cuba Agree To Open Embassies, Restore Diplomatic Relations

After 50 years of diplomatic standoff, the U.S. and Cuba plan to announce Wednesday that they will establish formal diplomatic relations and open embassies in each other’s capitals.

June 30, 2015

When The Hitler Card Won’t Do, Play The Chamberlain Card

The Republican right accuses every American president who negotiates an arms pact with our putative enemies of weakening national security. And they are always wrong.

April 15, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal Threatens Israel’s ‘Survival,’ Netanyahu Says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday renewed his harsh criticism of the preliminary nuclear pact with Iran, declaring it a danger to his country’s existence.

April 3, 2015

Breakthrough: Iran’s Nuclear Concessions Vindicate Obama’s Diplomatic Strategy

The Iran talks also represent a chance to promote peaceful change in that unfortunate country, whose people desperately desire progress toward normal relationships with Western countries.

April 2, 2015
World News, Top News, Politics, Israel, Two-State Solution, Aid, United Nations, Sanctions, Palestine, Diplomacy, Security Resolcution

Obama’s Next Move May Be Lifting US Protection Of Israel At UN

The Obama administration may force Israel’s hand to accept a two-state solution by abandoning its policy of protecting Israel at the U.N. and back a Security Council resolution instead.

April 1, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

Iran Shifts On Key Issue In Nuclear Talks As Deadline Looms

Iran is backing off an earlier apparent agreement to allow enriched uranium to be shipped out of the country as a way to assure the material can’t be used as nuclear bomb fuel.

March 30, 2015
Top News, Nuclear Deals, Iran, John Kerry, Obama, Sanctions, U.N., Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Tom Cotton

Iran Nuclear Talks Expected To Last Right Up To Deadline

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are coming down to the wire.

March 30, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

Iranian President Sends Letter To Obama As Nuclear Talks Near Deadline

The negotiators are seeking to reach the outline of a deal by Tuesday and to complete a detailed, comprehensive agreement by June 30.

March 27, 2015
Russia, Ambassador, Diplomacy, John Tefft, Putin, International Relations, Foreign Serivce, World News

Diplomat John Tefft Navigates Sticky US-Russia Relations

Although he’s seen years of cooperation between the U.S. and Russia, ambassador John Tefft finds the current relation competitive, and difficult.

March 25, 2015