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  

The Hidden Meaning of American Decline

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by Alfred W. McCoy Month by month, tweet by tweet, the events of the past two years have made it clearer than ever that Washington’s once-formidable global might is indeed fading. As the American empire unravels with previously unimagined speed,… Continue Reading  

The International Community Can’t Afford to Fail in Libya

Demonstration in Al Bayda, Libya in 2011 (Wikimedia Commons)

by Haki Abazi The danger of Libya turning into a wholly fragmented failed state, a long-term haven of chaos run by organized crime, is real. In such a state, Libya will threaten an already fragile regional stability and generate constant threats… Continue Reading  

Loving USAID to Death

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by Diana Ohlbaum For those who recall the relentless attacks on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the recent outpouring of support for the institution and its mission is simply stunning. A discussion… Continue Reading  

And the Foreign Affairs Reorganization Fight Is On!

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by Diana Ohlbaum Buffeted by a double whammy of restructuring proposals—one from the White House recommending a transfer of the State Department’s Population, Refugees, and Migration Bureau (PRM) to the Department of Homeland Security, another from development experts recommending a… Continue Reading