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January 13, 2017

Taking on Trump: A Lesson from the Japanese

Having watched Japan in trade negotiations with the United States for more than a quarter century now, I would never have described the Japanese approach as direct. When confronted with a difficult t…


January 31, 2011

The Invisible Hostage Crises

Laura Fattal kisses her son Josh after a news conference in Tehran. It is now a year and a half since Iran jailed three American hikers on trumped-up spying charges. The three, Shane Bauer, his fian…

The Invisible Hostage Crises

July 1, 2016

Wars and Conflict
Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from June 22 to June 30, was compiled wit…


July 6, 2016

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Brexit, Pursued by a Bear: NATO’s Enduring Relevance

The British public’s momentous decision two weeks ago to quit the European Union (EU) continues to reverberate globally. But its geopolitical implications should not be exaggerated. Brexit poses an i…

Polish, U.S., and British flags are seen during the NATO allies' Anakonda 16 exercise near Torun, Poland, on June 7, 2016.

June 24, 2016

United Kingdom
A Victory for Little England—and National Sovereignty

The shocking victory of the “Leave” campaign in Thursday’s referendum was a massive repudiation of the elite-driven European project and a testament to the enduring pull of national sovereignty in an…

Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London and champion of the "Leave" campaign, speaks during a rally in Manchester, England, on April 15, 2016.

December 30, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…


May 26, 2015

Lost in Iraq

On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter appeared on CNN’s State of the Union during which he reflected on the performance of the Iraqi Security Forces in the recent battle for Ramadi. “What appare…

Lost in Iraq

September 16, 2014

International Organizations
Scot-Free? The UK’s Security Council Seat is Safe, No Matter What

As Scotland approaches its independence referendum on Thursday, desperate unionists are groping to bolster the “No thanks” cause. There is no shortage of compelling reasons to stick together. But one…

UK Ambassador to the UN Mark Lyall Grant speaks with his U.S. counterpart, Ambassador Samantha Power, during a UN Security Council meeting on the crisis in Ukraine in March 2014.

November 1, 2013

The World Next Week: Iran Talks Resume in Geneva, Senate Armed Services Committee Hears About Sequestration, and the World Chess Championship Begins

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed next week’s nuclear talks in Geneva, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s hearing on the effects of sequestration, and the World Chess …

Delegations meet at the United Nations offices in Geneva for the Iran nuclear talks (Fabrice Coffrini/Courtesy Reuters).

October 17, 2013

Regional Organizations
Start Spreading the News: Can Cities Govern the World?

Benjamin Barber doesn’t just love cities. He’s convinced they hold the secret to effective, democratic global governance. As nation-states and international institutions flail in addressing transnati…

Mayors pose for picture during the Rio+C40 Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change in Rio de Janeiro