- CommentaryFeb 21, 2014
After months of tension, outbreaks of horrific violence, and political concessions, we have witnessed an extraordinary transformation of Ukraine, as the symbolic Maidan Nezalezhnosti—or Independence Square—has transitioned from protest zone to war zone to uneasy political truce.
- CommentaryFeb 21, 2014
The last time a German President publicly stated Germany should be prepared to defend its interests with military might, he was forced to resign. That is what happened to Horst Koehler in 2010 after he suggested that the German military, the Bundeswehr, may need to be deployed to defend German national interests abroad.
- CommentaryFeb 20, 2014
During a November 2009 trip to Tokyo, President Barack Obama underlined his intent to lead the United States to new levels of engagement in the Asia Pacific and harkened back to his upbringing in Indonesia and Hawaii, calling himself the United States’ “first Pacific president.” As he approaches the spring of 2014, Obama must decide if he will fulfill this legacy.
- CommentaryFeb 19, 2014
On February 19, U.S. president Barack Obama, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet in Toluca, Mexico for the 2014 North American Leaders Summit.
- CommentaryFeb 18, 2014
On February 13, while official Washington, D.C. was otherwise shuttered by the winter’s largest snow storm, the Obama administration launched the Global Health Security (GHS) Agenda.
- Polar Vortex, Propane Shortages, and Power Price Spikes: Perfect Storm or Signal for Broader Debate?CommentaryBy Sarah O. Ladislaw, Michelle MeltonFeb 15, 2014
The past few months have seen unusually cold weather in much of the country due to a combination of typical seasonal trends and a weather phenomenon called the polar vortex (a weather system that typically traps cold air in the Arctic that has temporarily come south).
- CommentaryBy Nicole Goldin, Katie PerryFeb 11, 2014
As the Winter Olympic Games are underway in Sochi, I join the millions (if not billions) of fans cheering athletes and nations on to victory. From the sidelines, I reflect on my own experience in sport and feeling the thrill of victory or -- more often, truth be told -- the agony of defeat.
- CommentaryBy Sadika Hameed, Jeremiah MagpileFeb 10, 2014
What is International Development Assistance (IDA) and IDA replenishments?
- Bienvenue Monsieur le Président!: A State Visit and the State of Franco-American Relations ConsideredCommentaryFeb 10, 2014
The countries America honors and the leaders we invite for a state visit sends a powerful message about the foreign policy agenda of a president. Some presidents view state visits as an opportunity to reward important and long-standing partners; others see it as an opportunity to strengthen and/or to make new friends. For President Obama, it has certainly been the latter.
- CommentaryFeb 6, 2014
World media have been focusing on rather vague threats against the Sochi Winter Olympic Games while overlooking a more specific and dangerous threat to attack the Games using chemical weapons.