Foreign Policy

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.


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.


The North Korea threat

At a time when countries like Cuba, Myanmar, Syria and even Iran are trying to ease tensions with the United States, one country stands out by adamantly defying this positive trend. Last week, the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) confirmed in a report to parliament that the regime in North Korea has restarted its 5 MW nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. The NIS findings end months of speculation following the open-source analysis of satellite imagery by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


Get to work, Congress, and pass immigration reform

This past Labor Day, my partner Ryan and I travelled to our nation’s capital to get married. It was a joyous occasion and, at times, one I thought would never come. As a member of the LGBT community and an immigrant, my life changed when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); Ryan could finally sponsor me as a permanent legal resident.


Egypt: 100 days later

It has been over 100 days since the July 3rd coup began, but the political situation in Egypt continues to deteriorate and spiral out of control with no signs of recovery. Supporters of the previously democratically elected government are consistently taking to the streets in opposition of the military coup and are consistently arrested, injured or killed by Egyptian “government” forces. Those who continue to speak out against these unprecedented actions, whether political leaders or normal citizens, are summarily rounded up and their viewpoints discredited publicly.


No fast track for Obama’s next power grab

President Obama is seeking power the Constitution has assigned to Congress. Soon, he will formally ask Congress to surrender its constitutional authority and grant him “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority.


Iran's anti-nuke fatwa is a hoax

For the last several years, Iranian diplomats have been dangling a "fatwa," or religious decree, in the face of western governments, as if to hypnotize them further into the abyss of negotiations. The Iranians allege that the fatwa has been issued by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and that it bans the development and use of nuclear weapons.


Next steps with Egypt

The decision by the Obama administration to suspend a large portion of U.S. military aid to Egypt is not productive, either for Egyptian democracy or for relations between the two countries. But since what's done is done, the question today is how Cairo and the rest of the region will react to this decision, and how both Egypt and the U.S. can best recover from this self-inflicted wound.