Search Results for "diplomats" : 10

by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:12 am / in Middle East, World

Divided by Definition

by Illustrations by Amalia Rinehart Perhaps the most critical and least acknowledged impediment to the negotiation of a conflict is the manipulation of language. No peace process can come to fruition when representatives from conflicting parties are embroiled in debates on semantics, yet individuals in both government and media inevitably employ strategic language at various stages in the process. Even assuming a common language in di…

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by / on April 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm / in Opinion, World

The North Korean crisis: the future of North Korea?

by A missile is paraded through Kim Il sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)   To look to the future, let’s first take a look at the past. The Koreas have both seen a long history of war and oppression: longing autonomy from the pulling forces of respective states, the South’s internal political struggle for democracy countered with the North’s struggle for stability, growth, and military power. All…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm / in Asia, Fall 2013, World

The Raucous Caucasus

by Deep within the mountainous South Caucasus, there is a regional powder keg. For the last 20 years, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been trapped in a struggle over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh (NK), an originally Azerbaijani-controlled, but ethnically Armenian region that, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, declared independence. Sandwiched between oil pipelines and competing interests from Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the…

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by / on February 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm / in Ben Rimland, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

The (invisible) Red Line

by   Aleppo in ruins Nearly three years into the devastating civil war which has rocked the Syrian state to its core, few objective facts can be ascertained by the casual observer. Recent peace talks in Geneva have seen government and opposition representatives simply talk past one another, while the pace of killing has actually increased since the beginning of the United Nations sponsored negotiations. The two sides and thei…

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

Mudslinging in Denial

by by Marissa Tjartjalis Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been accused of many things throughout her political career. Yet until her visit to Egypt this past July, being a “Secret Islamist” was not one of them. Pulling up to the Four Seasons in Cairo, however, Clinton encountered a number of surprising allegations. “Hillary Clinton is the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood,” one sign read in the midst of screaming protester…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:47 am / in Asia, World

Islamabad Relations

by Illustration by Esha Maharishi From the unannounced raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound that surprised and humiliated Pakistani officials, to a badly botched NATO operation that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, 2011 was not a great year for US-Pakistani relations. Many American policymakers are dismayed that neither friendship nor financial assistance has induced Pakistan to cooperate with American objectives in South Asia. Moreover, t…

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by / on February 12, 2011 at 4:03 am / in Most Recent Column, World

WikiLeaks: Threat to Free Speech

by For WikiLeaks’ supporters, the freedom of speech is both their rallying cause and their powerful protector.  However, their systematic promotion of a right to leak by their signature reliance on leaked quality of information desecrated the First Amendment as much as they advanced it. In the history of journalism, WikiLeaks is the first news organization that defined its core mission and identity by its reckless exercise of the…

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

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America as an opportunity to r…

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by / on February 26, 2012 at 11:26 am / in Opinion, World

Dictating Oil

by Last Sunday, February 19, I opened the New York Times homepage to check in with the rest of the globe and found the startling headline: “Iran Halts Oil Exports to Britain and France.” Agog, I anxiously clicked the link and hurried through the article, eager to hear of the potential ramifications of Iran’s bellicose ruse and anticipating the many possible reactions from the West. What I found, however, were not flared passions or ira…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:52 am / in Cover Story

Grooming the Globe

by Illustration by Daryl Seitchik One can hardly fail to notice the growing “cornflake-ification” of politics in the midst of the 2012 Republican primaries. Ideology has become irrelevant; the focus is now on personality. A candidate’s hairstyle counts as much as his views on immigration – or on, say, Libya. The voter is the consumer, the candidate the product. Behind this growing business lurk some of the most powerful men of the mod…

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