North Korea and the United States: War, Peace or the Third Option?

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by John Feffer The rhetoric has been intemperate to say the least. President Trump has called the leader of North Korea “little rocket man.” In his recent speech before the National Assembly in Seoul, Trump called North Korea a “prison… Continue Reading  

Syria: Mission Possible?

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by John Feffer Imagine this new TV series coming to HBO in 2016. The planet faces an unprecedented peril. The international community brings together a team of experts, each one with a different specialty: the scientist, the general, the computer… Continue Reading  

Defeating ISIS by Talking to It?

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by Graham E. Fuller I can’t believe that I’ve been outflanked on the Progressive Left by Fareed Zakaria! Hints of negotiation with ISIS! I’ve got a lot of respect for Zakaria—he generally works within the outer limits of the establishment… Continue Reading  

The Odd American View of Negotiation

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by Paul R. Pillar One of the unfortunate corollaries of American exceptionalism is a warped and highly asymmetric conception of negotiation. This conception can become a major impediment to the effective exercise of U.S. diplomacy. Although the attitudes that are… Continue Reading  

Iran Debates Direct Talks with the US

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As the Iranian leadership prepares to engage in negotiations with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1), the conversation inside Iran has moved beyond the nuclear issue to include a debate about the utility… Continue Reading