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November 25, 2014

United States
Why Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigned

Gopal Ratnam, “Picking Up the Pieces at the Pentagon,” ForeignPolicy.com, November 25, 2014. Although the White House portrayed Hagel’s departure as a usual cabinet change post a midterm election th…

Hagel Resignation

December 18, 2015

United States
Chuck Hagel’s Revealing Insight Into Obama’s Syria Strategy

Last week, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave his first extended interview since resigning as Pentagon chief in November 2014. The curated interview with Foreign Policy is worth reading in …

Hagel Farewell

February 1, 2013

United States
Chuck Hagel Hearing and the Iran Nuclear Dilemma

Senator Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee was a protracted, repetitive, and disappointing affair. Rather than discuss the decisions for which the secretary…

Hagel

December 18, 2012

Iran
Obama, Hagel, and Iran

As President Obama enters his second term, his policy with respect to Iran has been spelled out many times. In a March interview with The Atlantic, he described his policy this way: It means a poli…

June 6, 2013

The World Next Week: Presidents Obama and Xi Meet at Sunnylands, Peruvian President Humala Visits the White House, and Secretary Hagel Testifies Before the House Budget Committee

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Chinese president Xi Jinping’s meeting with President Obama in California, Peruvian president Ollanta Humala’s trip to Washington, and D…

Barack Obama prepares to shake hands with Xi Jinping in the Oval Office (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries

January 25, 2017

Congresses and Parliaments
The Bid to Give Congress a Say on Any Move to Relax Sanctions on Russia

I wrote on Monday that Donald Trump’s critics on Capitol Hill will have a hard time challenging his foreign policy choices. An early test of that claim could come in the form of a new bill that would…

The American flag is changed for a new one on the Capitol building during inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington

December 19, 2016

Technology and Innovation
Curious About Clean Energy Innovation? Take This Class

This fall, I created and taught a course at Georgetown University called “Clean Energy Innovation." The course, offered to undergraduates studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA…

Fabrication of an organic solar photovoltaic cell in the lab (BASF)

May 16, 2012

Education
Business, Immigration, and Political Dysfunction

I had not intended it this way, but this will be my second item in just a week on political dysfunction in Washington. I participated yesterday in a superb forum on the prospects for immigration ref…

CFR's Edward Alden, former Senator Chuck Hagel, and UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm speak at the Hamilton Project event "U.S. Immigration Policy: The Border Between Reform and the Economy" at the Brookings Institution on May 15, 2012. (Paul Morigi/Paul Morigi Photography)

October 6, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Mind of Mr. Netanyahu

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington last week and spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York. I did not speak with him during this visit. Herewith a guess about what he is …