| Jan 6, 2014
| 10:20 AM
The United States is developing its second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) — a broad assessment of the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and their effectiveness in furthering the...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 8:00 AM
While reading the summary of key 2013 events, when I got to the description that "Syria blinked," I had to blink myself. I assume the writer meant "Syria winked." At least that's about as much attention as Bashar al-Assad paid to President Barack Obama'...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 10:21 AM
Since the Iran nuclear deal was announced late Saturday, the criticism has been predictable. Israel's leadership isn't happy; neither is Saudi Arabia's. And there's a customary skepticism in Congress, particularly from Republicans, the most outlandish...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Once again, intense negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have failed to produce a deal, but there remains some reason for optimism after the weekend's high-level negotiations in Geneva. The last time such talks fell apart, the issue had been...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:52 AM
In 2003, I served as a senior military officer at Camp Ashraf, Iraq. In keeping with my responsibility as an oath-bound Army officer and under the Geneva Convention, I made a solemn promise to the group of 3,000 Iranian dissidents living there. I...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The Afghan people's most dangerous foe is not the Taliban. It's not Pakistan or al-Qaeda. No, it's their president, Hamid Karzai.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kabul earlier this month and spent more than 24 hours with Mr. Karzai, trying to...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 11:35 AM
Seeking to create an analogy with the deal the United States negotiated with Iran to supposedly limit further production of its centrifuges, Secretary of State John Kerry chose to recall disarmament agreements between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:17 PM
The nuclear accord reached in Geneva last month has sparked a robust debate in the U.S. and around the world. Was the agreement a major achievement in preventing Tehran from obtaining the nuclear bomb, as President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 8:28 AM
"One does not sharpen the axes after the right time; after the time they are needed." — Russian Proverb
The late Ukrainian violinist Mischa Elman is considered one of the greatest of all time, but he has nothing on Russian President Vladimir...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 3:00 AM
President Barack Obama's critics lost no time in calling him naive for welcoming talks offered by Iran's president aimed at reducing tensions between their two countries over Tehran's disputed nuclear program. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu was...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 11:43 AM
Washington is preoccupied with two all-consuming debates right now.
First, of course, is Syria. President Barack Obama placed his faith in two wholly untrustworthy figures. Syrian President Bashar Assad has shown himself to be a consummate liar, and...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Secretary of State John Kerry's meeting with Iran's foreign minister ("Kerry to meet Iran's foreign minister at UN in first face-to-face talks since 1979," Sept. 23) represents a good first step for direct negotiations between the U.S. and Iran, a country...