Foreign Policy

What Obama should tell Maliki

Earlier this year, interviewing prisoners in Shaaba Khamsa, Baghdad’s death row facility, I met a 52-year-old woman, one of the thousands of prisoners the U.S. turned over to Iraqi custody when American troops left nearly two years ago. She showed me the scars where security forces had burned her with cigarettes, used electric shocks and beat her so badly that she was still using crutches three years later.

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Christians caught in Egypt’s tightening political vise

Tomorrow morning, as the House Foreign Affairs Committee holds its “Next Steps on Egypt Policy” hearing, committee members should examine the ongoing violence against religious minorities in Egypt and the urgent need for a new human rights based approach to U.S. policy there.

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Why I stood with Obama on immigration reform

Last week, I joined small employers, business leaders, elected officials and advocates from across the country to stand with President Obama and call for immigration reform. Like the president, small business owners understand fixing our country’s immigration system will foster a stronger, better-trained workforce, which will bolster their bottom lines and the economy as a whole. The time for smart, comprehensive immigration reform is now.

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Sen. Graham fans the flames of religious nationalism

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.CX.) presence and remarks at the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit this year, whether motivated by political strategy, personal religious belief, or both, undermine U.S. efforts to stabilize the Middle East by demonstrating leadership through political moderation.

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Franks legislation authorizes military force against Iran

Recent talks between the West and Iran have created an important opportunity to resolve the Iran nuclear standoff.  U.S. officials have expressed cautious optimism that a deal may be reached that protects U.S. interests.  However, some in Washington seem determined to undermine the diplomatic process.

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Mexican reform legislation, a model for the U.S.

If U.S. officials wanted to learn how government can operate well in modern times, all they need to do is look south. Mexico's executive and legislative leaders are demonstrating how bipartisan cooperation can make great progress for the benefit of their people.

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Once a bear, always a bear?

Many may see Russia’s president as something of a brute, but Vladimir Putin is a politician highly conscious of his image. He has meticulously crafted his public persona in the media as a tough guy and outdoorsman, taking part in unusual (shooting a 35-tonne sea-mammal with a cross-bow) or dangerous (snuggling with snow leopards) acts and extreme sports, often without a shirt. Putin is also painfully aware of Russia’s image abroad and convinced he can put a dent in Western mindsets. The Russian president’s former top media advisor Mikhail Lesin famously said, “Russia has to polish its international image or we’ll always look like bears.”

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Losing the Post-Cold War

People differ on exactly when the Cold War ended. Was it the fall of the Berlin Wall, the unification of Germany or the dissolution of the Soviet Union?  What was clear to all, was that United States’ influence, around the globe was at its zenith.

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Three reasons the US should pay attention to Israel's Iran fears

At the U.N. on Oct. 1, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed concern that, while Iranian President Rouhani blinds the world with his ‘charm offensive,’ Iran is preparing to race to nuclear weapons status.  The Iranians accused him of being inflammatory – but Netanyahu’s fears are legitimate and Iran’s threatening capabilities ought to be considered seriously by the United States.

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Iraq: War won, peace lost

Last week the U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman attended a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The issue at hand was the fate of the thousands of Iranian dissidents who have been in limbo since the U.S. withdrew its troops from Iraq and turned over the responsibility for their protection to the government of Nouri al-Maliki.

As the saying goes, that’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.

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