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September 22, 2011

United States
Confirm Robert Ford Confirm Robert Ford

New U.S. ambassador Robert Ford (R) talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after presenting his credentials to Assad, in Damascus January 27, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/SANA). The United Stat…

August 15, 2011

Syria
Should Robert Ford Be Confirmed?

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a rump confirmation for Robert Ford on August 2, attended amazingly enough by only one senator. (The rest had gone home after the debt ceiling vote.) But e…

February 3, 2017

Syria
Why Syria’s War Grinds On

As diplomatic efforts to broker a settlement to the civil war have so far come up short and the Islamic State retains a foothold in the east, a segmented Syria will likely experience reduced but pers…

May 9, 2018

Iran Nuclear Agreement
John Bolton Iran Nuclear Deal Iran: Keep Your Finger Off the Cyber Button

Tehran could respond to the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal with cyber operations against U.S. companies. If it does, that might give the hawks in the White House the excuse they need to t…

May 25, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reagan and Gorbachev shake hands after their talks in Reykjavik. Singapore and Reykjavik: The Perils of Summitry

The 1986 meeting in Iceland between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was like none other. It offers helpful context for a potential U.S.-North Korea arms control summi…

April 16, 2018

Syria
missile President Trump’s Syria Strikes Are Not About Syria

The airstrikes conducted by the United States, Britain, and France on Saturday against Syrian military targets were about upholding a nearly century-old prohibition against chemical warfare, not abou…

May 25, 2018

United States
memorial day 2018 Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

May 24, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 18, 2018. A Scorecard for Dr. Tedros as the WHO’s Director-General

Tedros’s first year as Director-General of the WHO demonstrated his vision, leadership, and ability to seize an opportunity for action. However, concerns remain regarding his willingness to balance p…

May 22, 2018

Trade
Soybeans China Trump's China Deal is the Worst Ever

Accord focused on soybeans and gas does nothing about huge tech-sector challenges.

April 16, 2018

Syrian Civil Warn Civil War
A firefighter works inside the destroyed Scientific Research Center in Damascus. Can Syria’s Chemical Weapons Be Stopped?

The United States should follow targeted strikes in Syria with intensified global efforts to nullify the regime’s chemical weapons capabilities.