Diplomacy

Tuvalu (pop. 10,782) has turned its back on big bad Vladimir Putin.

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Sending a Bunch of Fulbright Scholars Overseas Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.'

But there are better reasons not to axe the program

Sending Fulbright Scholars Abroad Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.' But There Are Better Reasons Not to Axe the Program

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My Soviet Valentine

In honor of Valentine's Day 1958, pseudonymous author Sagittarius took a light-hearted look at ongoing diplomatic talks between the United States and Soviet Union on the subject of nuclear weapons tests. Though the Berlin and Cuban Missile Crises loomed in the near future, the powers did agree to a one-year ban on tests in March 1958.

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The Hottest Club in New York is .... Part of the United Nations

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The conference is a diplomatic Hail Mary pass.

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The Secular Syrian Opposition May Be Imploding

Fallout from the U.S.-Russia deal

More fallout from the U.S.-Russia deal

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Photos: 34 Years of Anti-American Propaganda in Iran

Is It Curtains for Street Art Attacking the Great Satan?

Since 1979, anti-US art has been a staple of Iran's streetscape. But is this era of propaganda coming to an end?

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Obama Steps Back from the Syria Brink

A few lucky breaks led to a different speech than we expected

Barack Obama’s speech on Syria had a peculiar structure. The first part of it was devoted to justifying why the president had decided to “respond to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike.” Your average listener might have thought that Obama would say next that missiles aimed at Damascus were leaving their silos. The threat of violence loomed over the first half of the speech.

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One underlying goal of American threats to attack Syria for its use of chemical weapons has been to move the parties in Syria toward a negotiated settlement.   That is unlikely to happen without the Assad government’s main international backers, Iran and Russia, participating in negotiations.

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Barack Obama, known previously for his caution, has decided to take an enormous risk and seek Congressional authorization for a military strike against Syria. If Obama fails to get authorization, does he then go ahead regardless? Or does he renege on his promise to enforce a “red line” on the use of chemical weapons? At risk is Obama’s presidency and the country’s ability to act in the world.

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