The New Truthers: Americans Who Deny Syria Used Chemical Weapons
September 11, 2013
Eager to forestall a U.S. intervention, Bashar al-Assad has agreed to relinquish his stockpile of chemical weapons—a stockpile that, until this week, he denied even possessing.
Congress is About to Blow a Negotiated Settlement in Syria
September 09, 2013
A vote by Congress to reject the resolution sought by President Barack Obama to authorize military force in Syria will add to the long list of unintended consequences already produced by bad policy choices on Syria.
Obama's Speech Didn't Restore His Red Line. Here's What Could
August 31, 2013
President Obama has just declared his decision to launch military strikes against Syria, after seeking approval for Congress, in order to hold the Syrian government accountable for its recent chemical weapon atrocities.
Facebook Isn't the Key to Catching Terrorists
July 30, 2013
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that U.N.
The Heroism of Malala
July 12, 2013
This morning, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist the Taliban shot in the head in 2012 in an attempt to silence her crusade for girls’ education, addressed the United Nations in her first public speech since her attempted assasination.
It's Time to Intervene in Syria
April 30, 2013
Red lines exist for a reason. Syria shouldn't get away with crossing one.
Obama's Strange Silence on Syria
April 26, 2013
There's a refugee crisis. And now, chemical weapons have been used. When will the president act?
Could North Korea Nuke Washington?
March 08, 2013
No, they couldn't. A brief, somewhat comforting explainer
John Kerry's Quiet Campaign Pays Off
December 22, 2012
Just like Susan Rice, Senator John Kerry was one of candidate Barack Obama’s earliest supporters, back when it was risky. The conventional wisdom was that Hillary Clinton was going to win and the people who had failed to join her would be left with tombstones for careers. (“A Clinton never forgets,” the terrified saying went.) Just like Rice, Kerry hoped for a certain, specific prize. For Rice it was national security advisor; for Kerry, secretary of state.
The Migration Gift Exchange: Financial Flows from America’s Immigrants
December 21, 2012
This past Tuesday was International Migrants Day, declared by the United Nations to honor the contributions and sacrifices that international migrants make to both their destination and origin countries. As I’ve written previously, migrants are “economic ambassadors” that contribute to the growth of two economies simultaneously because they are more likely to be sending remittances--personal flows of money sent across international borders--to family members in their countries of origin. As many of us rush into the shopping malls this weekend for last minute gifts, the millions of migrants liv