The Election That Killed Foreign Policy

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by Paul R. Pillar The current election campaign has done more to set back U.S. foreign relations, and the cause of good foreign policy, than has any other American presidential election within memory.  One reason is the overall sordid image… Continue Reading  

The Wheels Are Coming off the Saudi Operation in Yemen

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by James Spencer After initially denying that their aircraft had even been there, the Saudis finally admitted that they were responsible for the double-tap strike on the October 8 funeral of a major Yemeni notable. However, they denied culpability. According to the… Continue Reading  

The Death of the Two-State Solution

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by Sandy Tolan Washington has finally thrown in the towel on its long, tortured efforts to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians. You won’t find any acknowledgement of this in the official record. Formally, the U.S. still supports a… Continue Reading  

What Wins Respect for the United States

April 11, 2015
"The culmination of years of talks resulted in this handshake between the President and Cuban President Raúl Castro during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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by Paul R. Pillar Much gets said and written, mostly as rhetoric intended to criticize the Obama administration, about the standing of the United States in the world supposedly having declined.  To the extent such rhetoric gets linked to specific… Continue Reading  

Gaza’s Women Are Being Besieged on All Sides

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By Reem Amer and Tanya Rubinstein Over the past few weeks the Israeli media has focused much of its time on the all-female flotilla to Gaza, which was stopped by the Israeli army on the way from Sicily to the… Continue Reading