April 11, 2016 |
Before taking office, the next president - whoever that may be - would benefit from reading a new book titled Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era. The book was written by Johns Hopkins professor Michael Mandelbaum, who coined the phrase "Foreign Policy as Social Work" in the mid-1990s. He now argues that the U.S. foreign-policy focus "changed fundamentally" over the last 25 years, from making war to remaking the countries we became entangled with into capitalist democracies that look more like us. "The main focus of American foreign policy shifted from war to governance, from what other governments did beyond their borders to . . . how they were organized within them," he writes.
March 16, 2015 |
Those who criticize President Obama's weak foreign policy (as I have done often) have been looking for smarter ideas from prospective candidates for 2016. Judging by Lettergate - the bizarre tale of the missive sent by Sen. Tom Cotton and 46 Republican colleagues to Iran's ayatollahs - the Republicans aren't ready for prime time. Take a look at the broader implications of the letter and you'll see why. What was most disturbing about the letter was the carelessness with which it was dispatched.
June 9, 2014 |
Late last month, an American from Florida blew himself up in a suicide attack in Syria. Here's the good news: Moner Mohammad Abusalha's truck bomb was aimed at Syrian government forces, not at some building in New York City. The bad news: As many as 70 Americans and 3,000 Europeans are among more than 7,000 foreigners from 50 countries fighting with Syrian rebel groups linked to al-Qaeda. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says these groups are already training people "to go back to their [home]
July 22, 2013 |
For Catholics around the world, there is no greater force for change than the views of a pope. Pope Francis gets an opportunity to shed light on what kind of papacy his will be this week when he takes his first trip abroad, to Brazil. This is a visit to watch, for it will not only reveal more about this new papacy, but it may also spark social and economic change in the region. As an Argentine and the cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires from 2001 until his election, Francis knows well the plight of millions of poor people in the region.
October 15, 2012 |
Andy Reid didn't speak to the Eagles in the locker room very long after Sunday's overtime loss to the Detroit Lions. Maybe he didn't trust what he would say. Maybe he didn't want to hang around them that much. And maybe they felt the same way. The Eagles had an opportunity against a truly mediocre team to put away an easy win and slide into the bye week with a 4-2 record and the makings of an upbeat season narrative. Even if they were to emerge from the bye with a loss to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles would still have been above .500 and headed into a forgiving stretch of the schedule.
February 26, 2012
Christopher R. Hill is a former U.S. assistant secretary of state, and the dean of the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies Forty years ago, in February 1972, President Richard M. Nixon journeyed to China. On the seventh day of "the week that changed the world," as Nixon called it, he and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai signed the Shanghai Communiqué, which began the normalization of bilateral relations and bound the United States, a principal supporter of Taiwan, to the People's Republic's "One China" doctrine.
December 9, 2011 |
Don't tell that other team in town, but it can be done. The Flyers are proving that you can radically remake your team, infuse it with youth, and see immediate success. Their coach, Peter Laviolette, is not making excuses about youth or about needing more time to jell. That's because, with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and their shadows gone, Claude Giroux has blossomed into one of the game's best and most entertaining players. It's because, with Captain Chris Pronger injured, kids like Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall are playing good, sound defense.
November 17, 2011 |
BEIRUT - Syria's president faced a growing challenge to his iron rule from home and abroad Wednesday, with renegade troops launching their most daring attack yet on the military and world leaders looking at possibilities for a regime without Bashar Assad. France recalled its ambassador to Damascus in the wake of recent attacks against diplomatic missions and increasing violence stemming from the 8-month-old uprising. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe warned that "the vise is tightening" around Assad, and a government spokeswoman said Paris is working with the Syrian opposition to find an alternative to the regime.
October 19, 2011 |
THE NEW owners were introducing themselves yesterday at the Palestra. One of them described 76ers president Rod Thorn as the captain of the ship. That may be true in one sense. The reality is that coach Doug Collins is the face of this franchise. On a team without a superstar or even an All-Star, the coach, so savvy, knowledgeable and fan friendly, has given the franchise credibility it did not have. And whenever (if?) they play basketball this season, the coach will once again be front and center.
October 9, 2011 |
The recent killing in Yemen of the American-born al-Qaeda figure Anwar al-Awlaki, the return of the country's president, and a brutal crackdown on peaceful antigovernment protesters have brought tensions there to a dangerous level, threatening to plunge the country into civil war. But the international community has failed to take a stand, revealing a cold-blooded double standard on the Arab Spring uprisings. It's clear that the United States and its allies are interested only in "regime renovation" in Yemen, not regime change.