On Wednesday, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission will hold a hearing to assess Bahrain’s progress in implementing the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) Report. Despite what some critics continue to allege, the Government of Bahrain has made tangible, measurable, and verifiable progress in enacting reform in response to the events of February and March 2011. These reforms were not simply made to quiet Bahrain’s critics. Rather, they are a natural extension of a pluralistic, religiously tolerant society that has undergone constant reform over the past 11 years.
Cali, Colombia -- “I will never be the same. I am not the same as before. That’s the hardest thing.” With these lines Paula, one of Colombia’s more than 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), started to recount the most excruciating part of her life’s story.
There may not be agreement on the size and shape of the future force, but there is growing consensus among the nation’s leaders that it’s time to bring U.S. nuclear strategy into the 21st century. This consensus includes two former commanders of U.S. Strategic Command.
There’s a sense among establishment political punditry that Barack Obama has been a pretty good foreign policy president. The most recent example of this point of view is in David Brooks’ New York Times column last week, in which he states in the first sentence that “Barack Obama has been a good foreign policy President.”
Now if one considers just how disastrous a domestic policy president Barack Obama has proven to be, then perhaps Obama’s foreign policy record doesn’t seem so bad. That being said, I would submit that Barack Obama has been every bit as disastrous on the international scene as he has been on the domestic front.
When presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives in Israel Saturday and travels to occupied East Jerusalem to see the holy sites there he will be entering a city I am no longer allowed to visit – privately or as a medical doctor or as a presidential candidate. He somehow possesses more rights to the city than I do despite the fact that I was born in Jerusalem and worked as a medical doctor in Makassed hospital for several years. During my presidential campaign I was arrested and deported four times for entering the city to meet Palestinian voters.
Mitt Romney flies to Israel Saturday, following the well-worn American campaign trail to Jerusalem. Like Barack Obama and so many presidential contenders before him, Romney seeks political advantage in demonstrating in person his commitment to Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Earlier this month, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing entitled “U.S. policy toward Nigeria: West Africa’s troubled nation.” Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, spoke at length about how accountable governance and opportunities for economic growth can deter Boko Haram, a dangerous jihadist terrorist organization, from gaining power and tearing the fabric of Nigerian society.
Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen testified before the House Armed Services Committee that, "The most significant threat to our national security is our debt….” When America’s most senior military member considers America’s reckless spending a greater national security threat than Al-Qaeda, North Korea, Middle Eastern conflicts, or rogue terrorists, America should listen.
As the war in Afghanistan moves into its final stages, there are a growing number of news stories about the fraud and waste of the war in Afghanistan. Most of these focus on the wastefulness of aid spending, primarily through USAID. The focus on USAID is misleading, however.
As political centrists take the lead in Libya’s historic election, many Westerners are drawing the premature conclusion that it marks a reversal in the regional Islamist tide which includes parliamentary victories in Egypt and Tunisia.