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February 25, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Kerry and the "Peace Process"

There must be something in the water over at the State Department that leads successive secretaries of state to decide, seemingly on their first day there, that now is the time for a big new push at …

April 17, 2019

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
By Any Other Name: Thoughts on U.S. Genocide Determinations

The history of the Genocide Convention stretches back more than seventy years, yet much work remains to be done to prevent and respond to atrocities. 

A person holds a candle during a night vigil and prayer at the Amahoro Stadium as part of the 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 7, 2019.

August 6, 2015

Cuba
John Kerry, George Shultz, and the Kerry Visit to Cuba

Secretary of State Kerry will visit Cuba soon--on August 14. Since the opening of diplomatic relations and of the Cuban embassy in Washington, what’s been going on in Cuba? More repression. There w…

March 5, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions on Women in the U.S.-Iran Negotiations: Wendy Sherman

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

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October 14, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement
John Kerry's Attack on the Iran Nuclear Decision

Former President Obama and former Vice President Biden have been among the many Democrats who have long complimented former President George W. Bush for his demeanor and conduct after leaving office…

April 2, 2015

Kerry, Zarif, and Cotton

The negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program have highlighted the role of Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, a charming diplomat. But the charm of diplomats representing tyrannies is s…

February 19, 2015

Shouting at Kerry

A remarkable news story today reveals that throughout the nuclear negotiations, the top Iranian negotiator has been shouting and screaming at Secretary of State Kerry, and that he has sat there and t…

December 28, 2016

United States
Secretary Kerry’s Vision-Seeking Israeli-Palestinian Speech

Secretary of State John Kerry just delivered the speech he’s been eager to give for several years. Following the abrupt failure of his ambitious all-or-nothing peace initiative in April 2014, Kerry a…

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December 10, 2013

United States
Kerry on Ukraine Crackdown: "Disgust"

Recently I criticized the President for silence on the events in Ukraine. Today the situation worsened, as the government in Kiev sent riot police to break up peaceful demonstrations. And tonight, Se…

June 27, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Kerry, Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Concessions

Secretary of State Kerry is about to visit Jerusalem again, seeking to get negotiations between Israel and the PLO restarted. News reports make it clear that the Palestinians are seeking various conc…