Diplomats took an important step towards resolving the Iran nuclear crisis in the recent Geneva negotiations. U.S. politicians need to refrain from actions that could squander this important opportunity.
A critical player, necessary for any lasting deal, was not represented at last week’s negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva: Congress.
President Obama plans to meet over the week of November 22 in Washington with King Mohammed VI of Morocco, scion of a 300-year-old monarchy whose friendship with the United States dates back to 1777. We believe the encounter presents an opportunity for both leaders to build on the historic alliance at a time of global economic malaise as well as unprecedented strife and fraught transition in the Arab world: their nations share new interests, and evolving foreign policy views in both countries have the potential to complement each other.
As any avid follower of Eurasian affairs will aptly note, the interests of Russia’s state officials and business executives are inextricably linked, ‘conflict of interest’ not being a term that has gained much traction in the heartlands of the former USSR.
Even though an agreement in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program stumbled at the last minute over language regarding Iran’s right to enrich uranium, the events of the past weekend should not obscure the fact that the United States and its partners are on the verge of an historic diplomatic achievement. One indication of this is that the parties have agreed to meet again soon, on November 20.
My experience has taught me that poverty-fighting assistance will only be sustainable when citizens in donor countries are assured that aid is effectively used and properly accounted for.
Kabul is waiting for President Hamid Karzai's promised Loya Jirga, where the country's political elite would examine whether to approve the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) authorizing a U.S. military presence after the 2014 transition. Most are betting that Karzai will soon call the country's elders together to bless the agreement. Some fear his message will be to kill it.
Despite talk of a peace process, the Israeli army has ordered the eviction of some 1,000 Palestinians – men, women and children -- from their homes in the occupied West Bank. Why? Because the military wants to turn eight Palestinian villages into a “firing zone” for military training. Even as President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry speak in favor of a peace agreement, the U.S.-subsidized Israeli military is subjecting Palestinians to ongoing human rights abuses.
The United States Senate is meeting this month to discuss a treaty that would promote access and equality for all people with disabilities around the world. This pact would extend the same rights that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures for people with disabilities in this country.
The nomination of Jeh Johnson to serve as Secretary of the Department Homeland Security (DHS) presents a new opportunity to reinvigorate the agency’s resolve to make much-needed immigration detention reforms and commit itself to improving the egregious conditions at holding cells along the U.S.-Mexico border. Senators should press Johnson to make these important issues top priorities upon his confirmation.