The NATO We Have and the NATO We Seek

Angela Merkel at NATO summit (Alexandros Michailidis via Shutterstock)

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  

Iran’s Environment: The Grass Beneath Two Fighting Elephants

Image by Alosh Bennett via Flickr

by Fatemeh Aman U.S. sanctions aimed at making Iran act like a “normal country” have had a disastrous effect on Iran’s environment and that of the entire region for generations to come. A famous proverb of Kenya’s Kikuyu people warns:… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Last Push on the Iran Nuclear Deal

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini

by Ellie Geranmayeh The Iran nuclear agreement marked its third anniversary in a gloomy state. Despite repeated attempts to keep him on board, US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal – signed on July 14, 2015… Continue Reading  

Thank You, Ireland

Senator Frances Black

by James J. Zogby On Wednesday morning, I watched an amazing debate unfolding in the Irish Seanad (Senate), as members spoke for and against a bill to prohibit the importation of Israeli goods produced in settlements in occupied Palestinian lands.… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Scorched Earth Tour of Europe

Theresa May and Donald Trump (White House via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick Like many other US citizens, I get very nervous every time Donald Trump goes to meet with foreign leaders. Whether they are friend, foe, competitor, or ally, it seems almost inevitable that Trump will find a creative… Continue Reading