Foreign Policy

Egypt remains confused by White House policy

There is consensus among Egypt’s political elite that no country could replace the strategic relationship with the United States. At the same time, the hallways of power in Egypt are filled with strong sentiment of disappointment towards the Obama White House.

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Solving the Iran nuclear puzzle

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.

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A path forward on Iran

A critical player, necessary for any lasting deal, was not represented at last week’s negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva: Congress.

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President Obama: Seize this opportunity with King Mohammed VI

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.

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Russia-Belarus potash crisis shows need for U.S. engagement

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.

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Deal with Iran is possible and close

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.

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Open the books on foreign aid

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.

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