Will More Women in Congress Mean Better U.S. Foreign Policy?

Jacky Rosen picked up a Senate seat for the Democratic Party in Nevada in the midterm elections (BestStockFoto via Shutterstock)

by Diana Ohlbaum The 116th Congress will seat more women than ever before—at least 125, an increase of 18. These women will be a more diverse group, among them 43 women of color, including the first two Muslim congresswomen, first… Continue Reading  

UN Vote Buying: A Bad Idea That Never Dies

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by Diana Ohlbaum The Trump administration is agitating for a “sweeping reassessment” of the way foreign aid is distributed. Rather than making decisions based on where it is needed most or how it can be put to best use, U.S.… Continue Reading  

The NATO We Have and the NATO We Seek

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by Diana Ohlbaum Donald Trump has thrown the “free world” into a tizzy with his ultimatum to European allies to increase their defense spending, his public questioning of why America should have to defend Montenegro, his classification of the European… Continue Reading  

Mattis, Pompeo, Kelly, Bolton, Coats: Resign Now

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by Diana Ohlbaum Every elected and appointed U.S. official, other than the president, must take the following oath: I, ____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and… Continue Reading  

Stabilization of Afghanistan: The Little Engine That Couldn’t

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by Diana Ohlbaum “Between 2001 and 2017, U.S. government efforts to stabilize insecure and contested areas in Afghanistan mostly failed.” Those are not my words. They’re not from some partisan pundit or ideological crusader. It’s the conclusion reached by the… Continue Reading