U.S. Politics News

Do Friends Spy on Friends? What We Have Learned From the “Summer of Snowden”

Nov 20, 2013
Tension is high between the U.S. and its European allies over revelations about NSA spying. Georg Mascolo, former Editor-in-Chief of the German news weekly Der Spiegel recently met with Edward Snowden and has co-authored an article about the need to rebuild trust between allies. In this interview he summarizes what we have learned from the "Summer of Snowden."

The Military's Invaluable 'Soft' Power

Nov 19, 2013
"At a time when too many see U.S. foreign policy in kinetic terms, like drones or special ops, the 'soft power diplomacy' of disaster relief delivers life-saving help to desperate people, and improves their image of America," writes Jane Harman in The Huffington Post.

IAEA Chief Cites Modest Iran Nuclear Progress; Official Report Due

Nov 15, 2013
Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler interviewed IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano and reports in Breaking Defense that Iran’s recent slow down on its nuclear program could signal a readiness to create favorable conditions for a deal with the U.S.

America Has Nowhere to Go on Egypt

Nov 12, 2013
There’s no doubt that American policy toward Egypt and the political turbulence in the Middle East has lacked direction, writes Aaron David Miller in The New York Times. Yet the Obama administration’s approach — working with, not against the military, and essentially giving up on any serious effort on democratic reform — is both logical and necessary.

Security Policies for a Post-Snowden Age

Nov 08, 2013
The hemorrhaging leaks by Edward Snowden has the U.S. government reeling, writes Jane Harman in The Washington Post, but it is time that the U.S. explains what we do—and what we won’t do—to rebuild shattered trust between our country and other world leaders.

The Case Against Negotiating With Assad

Oct 31, 2013
"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a roll," writes Aaron David Miller. But, he cautions, negotiations with Assad would be a bad move.

An Incomplete Democracy

Oct 22, 2013
Pakistan, ruled by the military for half of its 66-year life, has taken steps toward democracy, but the process is far from complete as illustrated by the strength and influence of Pakistan’s military. When President Obama meets with Pakistan’s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday, he should use the occasion to bolster the civilian government’s role relative to the military, writes Michael Kugelman in this New York Times op-ed.

U.S. Shutdown Costs Longer-Term Relations with Asia

Oct 15, 2013
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discusses the longer-term impact of the U.S. government shutdown on relations with Asia.

Dealing with Iran: Get Ready for a Wild Ride

Sep 26, 2013
The Obama administration's effort to negotiate a deal on the nuclear issue is going to be an unpredictable ride, but any deal will need to acknowledge the politics on both sides, writes Aaron David Miller.

Done Right, Security and Liberty Should Reinforce Each Other. And Here's How to Do It Right.

Sep 19, 2013
"Security and liberty are reinforcing values: we either get more of both, or less of both. Done right, government policies and laws that make the nation more secure – like those authorizing electronic surveillance – should not undermine our constitutional rights," writes Jane Harman in The New Republic.

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