Post Tagged with: "Foreign Policy"

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Elephants in the Room

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Elephants in the Room

Cutting through the friendly appearance and conciliatory rhetoric of the Obama administration does not detract from the reality that regarding the Middle East, nothing of substance has changed as the Iranian President asserts.

What Middle East Policy to Expect from the New German Government? When promising ideas threaten to be buried in transatlantic waters

What Middle East Policy to Expect from the New German Government? When promising ideas threaten to be buried in transatlantic waters

However big the political odds are, a rational-pragmatic input by the FDP could constructively impact the foreign policy discourse in Europe’s largest country

Iran: A good test of U.S. diplomacy

Iran: A good test of U.S. diplomacy

President Obama has deemed this an era of ‘extended hand’ diplomacy, in which the United States must reach out to its adversaries in an effort to build on mutual interests and respect. In doing so, U.S. diplomats have promised to utilize a strategy of smart power. The ability of such a strategy to meet U.S. needs and global problems now faces its first real test as the U.S. undergoes negotiations with Iran concerning their uranium enrichment program.

One Year On: The G20 and Economic Leadership

One Year On: The G20 and Economic Leadership

The economic crisis has brought about a transformation in international governance, signalling a break with the established economic architecture. While at the outset, measures taken appeared in an ad hoc or temporary manner, the decision at the recent Pittsburgh Summit to institutionalize the Group of 20 leaders’ summit reflects a decided shift in economic leadership. New players, new institutions and new issues have moved to the centre of the agenda.

The Long Term Implications of Obama’s Missile Defense Decision May Undermine Stability

The Long Term Implications of Obama’s Missile Defense Decision May Undermine Stability

There are many arguments as to why placing a ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in Poland and the Czech Republic is a bad idea. However, none are compelling enough to justify the decision by the Obama Administration to drop plans laid out by the Bush Administration to deploy a long range BMD in those two nations.

Italian foreign policy in the Second Republic: new wine in old bottles?

Italian foreign policy in the Second Republic: new wine in old bottles?

Revelations about the alleged payment by Italian troops of protection money to local Afghan commanders to stop attacks on their forces have reignited a recurrent debate among scholars of international affairs: does Italy have a coherent foreign policy, or even a foreign policy at all? In the long term, Berlusconi or not, Italy is poised to remain where it firmly belongs: in the Atlantic and European camps.

Liberal Peace Transitions: Towards a Post-Liberal Peace in IR?

Liberal Peace Transitions: Towards a Post-Liberal Peace in IR?

It has become generally assumed that ‘Liberal Peace Transitions’ offer a way out of local, civil, regional and international conflict, as well as complex emergences and development problems. All military, humanitarian, diplomatic, political, economic, and social, interventions since the end of the Cold War have been geared to this programme – with limited success.

A Wake Up Call for International Relations?

A Wake Up Call for International Relations?

Should a university continue to ‘sell’ courses in an area that will produce no tangible employment prospects? Is this ethical? If so, that is the very definition of academic in its pejorative sense.

Iranians Have to Find Their Own Course

Iranians Have to Find Their Own Course

President Obama should not take sides in the political crisis in Iran. His critics are wrong in faulting him for not siding with the demonstrators and for not standing for the American value of freedom. Freedom, after all, is not the only core value of the American Republic. Along with liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the American Declaration of Independence also embodies the value of life.

Decisions Iranians Must Make and Others Should Support

Decisions Iranians Must Make and Others Should Support

It is absolutely accurate that Iran’s presidential elections began as a matter of that nation’s sovereignty. So did disputes over elections results. But after the regime in Tehran and Qom resorted to threats and violence against its own public, that administration lost its claim to legitimacy.

Rethinking Republican Foreign Policy

Rethinking Republican Foreign Policy

The 2008 election was not a fluke. The days of Republican advantage on foreign and security affairs are over. The Democrats have learned to talk tougher on defense matters and to appoint Republicans and moderate Democrats to the senior posts. The Democrats now treat military preparedness, including Ronald Reagan’s missile defense, like the Republicans treat Social Security —with the self-preserving respect accorded electrified third rails.

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