Search Results for "Secretary of State " : 396

by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:01 am / in Middle East, World

Mudslinging in Denial

…mas Rooney (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) raised “serious questions about Department of State policies and activities that appear to be a result of influential operations conducted by organizations and individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.” Citing “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within,” a ten-part video series produced by Frank Gaffney, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense and the founde…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:02 am / in Asia, Issue, Main Menu, World

Gross Domestic Wellbeing

by When India gained its independence, the southern state of Kerala promised to be nothing but a headache for the new nation. Near the bottom in almost every indicator of development—literacy, health, general wellbeing—the state was a basket case. Yet over the span of fifty years everything had turned around, and suddenly officials in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram could boast some of the highest scores in general well-being n…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

…e region. And although Obama’s immediate priority for the hemisphere was reinstating a special envoy to link the State Department to Latin America, it took over three months to merely nominate a replacement for Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela after his resignation last May. Obama has lost time and momentum to inherited wars and the economic crisis, but nonetheless his track record in the Americas is i…

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by / on September 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Libyan Chief Justice, Tunisian State Secretary for Reform

…pring: Rule of Law in Transitional Settings, Libya, Tunisia and beyond,” hosted by the Alliance Program with the Office of United Nations Development Program’s at the Columbia Law School. Representing prominent elements of both Libya and Tunisia’s transition governments, Kamal Bashir Idhan, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Libya, and Said Mechichi, State Secretary for Reform in the Ministry of the Interior of Tunisia, told the audience throu…

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by / on April 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm / in Domestic, Environmental, Issue

License to Spill

…ontana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, before ending in Texas. It would transport 830,000 barrels of diluted or crude oil per day to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. The oil in the pipeline would be extracted from the Alberta tar sands in northern Canada, which contain a vast quantity of bitumen, a solid state of petroleum, mixed with water, sand, and clay. Tar sands oil (diluted bitumen) is known as an unconventional fossil fuel…

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by / on December 1, 2005 at 10:58 am / in Cover Story, Organizations, World

Reaching for the Stars

…id, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He believes that “the long-term answer is to enhance the scope of UN investigative and judicial jurisdiction,” with the latter assuming special focus when dealing with authoritarian states. The investigation of the Hariri assassination is only the most recent event in an historic series that illuminates the fledgling state of UN reform under Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Newt Gingrich, former Spea…

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by / on December 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, World

Liberia’s Next Top Model?

…zen for the past 18 months due to lack of government funds, found that the NGTL had spent $2 million buying each of its members a new Jeep, they held a strike that lasted three days; domestic discontent ran rampant as the international community watched with disapproval. Within the same year, in an atmosphere pervaded with public fury and international outrage, the European Commission released an audit of the Liberian state in a report that was &…

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by / on March 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm / in Interview

Benghazi: The Definitive Report

…were two guys who manned up and went out there and did it. On the negative side, I think you have to look at the State Department—whether or not they were in compliance with their own security policies, from the Secretary of State all the way down, and what the institutional failures were. We know Chris Stevens was writing about the security at the consulate, and he had concerns with it. The Diplomatic Security Service people were being rotated i…

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by / on March 9, 2014 at 11:56 am / in Campus, Events

*Events* March 10th-14th

…Ukraine: Peril and Opportunity,” with Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, sponsored by Institute for the Study of Human Rights and Harriman Institute. Dr. Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dobriansky previously served in several senior positions with the U.S. Government, including Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2001-2009).  She receive…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 2:32 am / in Asia, Domestic, Environmental, World

That Sinking Feeling

…truction of critical infrastructure: roads, bridges, ports and aqueducts. Also concerning is the likely prospect of seawater intrusion into ground water supplies, with devastating implications for everything from agriculture and irrigation to sanitation and supplies of drinking water. While the SIS combined population is only several hundred thousand, many more are threatened if low-lying coastal regions in continental states are included. UN Sec…

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