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September 4, 2014

Human Rights
What is the Mission of the State Department?

What is the mission of the State Department, or more precisely what are its core missions? Diplomacy? Avoiding war? Solidifying alliances? Explaining American policy? Here’s a new one: America’s f…

April 11, 2018

Americas
The Organization of American States

The Organization of American States is an important forum for regional diplomacy, but it has been hesitant to censure member states for violating democratic principles.

A woman holds a Venezuelan national flag reading 'OAS don't leave us alone in the fight' during a march towards the OAS headquarters in Caracas in 2017 after the 47th OAS General Assembly

February 10, 2001

Politics and Government
State Department Reform

Ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the military and economic instruments of American power have benefited from renewed attention and resources. However, the forward edge of American nationa…

March 13, 2018

U.S. State Department
Tillerson, Pompeo, and the State of State

Mike Pompeo inherits a marginalized State Department, undermined by several grievous mistakes from Rex Tillerson. 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart at the end of a five-country swing through Africa from Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2018.

May 8, 2018

Iran
United States to Leave the Iran Deal

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer resources and analysis on the significance of the U.S. exit from the Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of …

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement.

July 28, 2016

Israel
The New State Department Assault on Israel

This week the State Department engaged in a remarkable assault on Israel. Both in tone and in content, it marks a new hostility--and plenty of sheer ignorance. The comment was entitled "Recent Isr…

November 16, 2016

United States
The State of Online Privacy in the United States

Experts provide an overview of the debate in the United States over online privacy.

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January 12, 2018

United States
The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid deliberations over President Trump’s first budget, debate has intensified over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face majo…

The State of U.S. Infrastructure

September 15, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
UNRWA, the State Department, and the Uses of English

Just a few days ago I wrote here about "Leopoldo Lopez, John Kerry, and the Uses of English." My point was that the State Department’s tepid reaction to the outrageous and farcical "trial" of the Ven…

June 25, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Emir of Qatar Departs

The Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has abdicated in favor of his son Tamim, proving that rumors--this one had been circulating for many weeks in the region--are sometimes accurate. The ke…