October 20, 2017
Ireland has transformed itself in the past 20 years, both economically and socially, from one of the more socially conservative countries in Europe to one of the most prosperous and open-minded states, according to Dan Mulhall, the new Irish Ambassador in Washington.
October 6, 2017
When Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was chased out of power by the Tahrir Square demonstrations in January-February 2011, a wave of hope swept across the Middle East and around the world that finally democracy would overtake the region’s hitherto authoritarian regimes. Six years later it is clear that hope was a 'false dawn'...
September 27, 2017
Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico from 2000-06, delivered a spirited defense of free trade and the benefits of US-Mexican economic cooperation, saying 'we have to work together because we have a dream together – that we can do much better.'
September 26, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who just won a fourth term as Germany’s leader in the September 24th elections, did not originally want to run again, and had to be talked into putting her name forward by President Obama, among others, according to William Drozdiak.
August 1, 2017
The US Congress is increasingly asserting itself in US foreign policy in the face of a distracted White House, according to Republican House member Ed Royce - and it is happening on a bipartisan basis.
July 20, 2017
Eric Schmidt, one of the Google founders, has said that 'the internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand.' Containing data that amounts to 50 billion times the amount in the US Library of Congress, the indexed internet is simply too large for anyone to fully oversee - and that, according to Alexander Klimburg, is what makes it so hard to control and so open to abuse.
June 22, 2017
China is being 'completely disingenuous' in its supposed efforts to help contain North Korea's nuclear program, and needs to do much more so the US is not forced to take on Pyongyang on its own, which could lead to war, according to Admiral James Stavridis, a 35 year-veteran of the US Navy.
June 7, 2017
The US has been the lone superpower since the end of the Cold War, but China is catching up fast - faster than most Americans yet realize, according to Graham Allison, the founding dean of Harvard's Kennedy School. And that is a problem, because throughout history Professor Allison can show multiple examples of established powers being challenged by rising powers, and war ensuing.
June 2, 2017
Winston Churchill, 'an imperialist and a conservative', and George Orwell, 'an almost monk-like socialist', shared one burning conviction: the absolute need to preserve individual liberty during an era in the 1930's when totalitarian systems from the left and the right were sweeping the world.
May 3, 2017
President Trump's unpredictability in his foreign policy is either a masterful way of keeping foreign opponents off balance, or a lamentable lack of leadership that is destabilizing Asia and the Middle East. The inquiry into Russian hacking of the elections is either a red herring or could lead to the downfall of his presidency.

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