In Ukraine, the United States seeks an outcome that may not be achievable; in Gaza, U.S. policy needs to transcend the immediate crisis and recast the basic dynamics of the conflict. Finding out whether these crises have seeds of opportunity within them is the purpose of foreign policy, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson analyzes intercepted and published letters between two Al-Qaeda affiliates. In doing so, she identifies some of the terror network's best practices and "lessons learned."
Short-term focus on Ebola control cannot be disconnected from a longer term commitment to economic and technical support of the affected nations' health care systems, roads, schools and general development, writes Laurie Garrett.
Janine Davidson assesses recent developments along the Ukrainian-Russian border in wake of the MH17 tragedy. She argues, given both growing Russian mobilizations and covert support to Ukrainian rebels, that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be preparing to launch a formal incursion into eastern Ukraine.
Benn Steil's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal debunks the popular notion that the famous 1944 Bretton Woods agreements—establishing the IMF, the World Bank, and a dollar-based fixed exchange-rate system—were important in reviving global trade and growth after World War II. In fact, dependence on bilateral trade and inconvertible currencies was greater in the early postwar years than it was in the 1930s. The Marshall Plan and the creation of the GATT were, he argues, far more powerful instances of effective, enlightened, and enduring internationalism emerging from the war.
Government officials frequently proclaim that the world is more dangerous than it has ever been, and mainstream news outlets filter what stories are featured, usually leading with those of bloodshed or violence. Micah Zenko debunks these inflated threats and discusses their consequences for U.S. foreign policy.
Almost from the start of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the commentariat has been seized with the idea of "empowering [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas" as the only way out of the recurrent violence between Israel and Hamas.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.