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How close is too close?

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The future of U.S. and French foreign policy may face major roadblocks, more politically in Washington and more personally in Paris. Iran's neighbors are drawing attention, whether for being too close to Iran, trying not to be too close to Iran, or just not trying. Taking American-style philanthropy to China may show that charity ends at home.

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The politics of diplomacy

Friday, 15 October 2010


One characteristic of diplomacy and politics, as opposed to business, is that there are take-backs, do-overs, and even trial runs. The Security Council is trying out having most of the major players represented at once, Zimbabwe is bouncing its own ambassadors, Libya is reconsidering national self-determination, the Arab League just can't choose, and Ukraine no longer needs a weak President (if he's the right guy).

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Meanwhile, away from the UNGA...

Tuesday, 28 September 2010


Placing blame and claiming victory may be non-starters in married life, but politics and diplomacy operate under different rules (or maybe it's just dysfunctional).The West can't take credit for achieving Mideast peace if it blames Israel prematurely; JStreet knockoffs are proliferating even as the brand takes a hit; with Iran sanctions behaving like a sieve, Washington is pushing major weapons sales to stave off a resurgent Iran. Chavez celebrates his new set of invisible clothes; and China learns that total victory carries costs as well as benefits.

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