September 4, 2014
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:
April 11, 2018
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.
February 10, 2001
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
Mike Pompeo inherits a marginalized State Department, undermined by several grievous mistakes from Rex Tillerson.
May 8, 2018
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 …
July 28, 2016
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
Experts provide an overview of the debate in the United States over online privacy.
January 12, 2018
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…
September 15, 2015
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
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…