Diplomacy and Politics Articles

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar speaks with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry during a meeting at the foreign ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 3, 2015 (AP photo by Aamir Qureshi).

Hard-line Politics in India and Pakistan Stymie Deeper Trade Ties

By Shehzad H. Qazi
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The elections of Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi in Pakistan and India had raised hopes for better economic relations between the two countries. But once again, trade normalization and greater economic integration have fallen victim to nationalist politics and parochial interests. more


Diplomatic Fallout

Nigeria, Yemen Wars Mark New Era of Ad Hoc Crisis Management

By Richard Gowan
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War is back in fashion. Across northern and western Africa and in the Middle East, governments are resorting to force to counter regional threats. This proliferation of regional military actions potentially signals a trend toward an increasing fragmentation of international crisis management. more

Global Insider

To Meet Growing Demand, Jordan Turns to Nuclear Energy

By The Editors
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Last week, Jordan signed a $10 billion deal with Russia to build its first nuclear power plant. In an interview, David Schenker, director of the program on Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, discussed Jordan’s nuclear energy policy. more

World Citizen

Venezuela Sanctions Undo Gains of U.S. Policy of Restraint

By Frida Ghitis
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Venezuela is one country where U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama had struck the right tone—until a few weeks ago. The Obama administration has issued an executive order targeting top Venezuelan officials for sanctions, playing directly into President Nicolas Maduro’s hands. more

Global Insider

CAR Still Haunted by Ethnic Divisions as It Tries to Build Peace

By The Editors
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In the wake of recent violence in the Central African Republic, the United Nations announced today that it is sending an additional 1,000 peacekeepers to the war-torn country. In an interview, the Brookings Institution's Amadou Sy discussed the political and security situation in CAR. more

Global Insider

Labor, Human Rights Concerns Make Satellite Campuses a Risky Choice

By The Editors
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A professor from New York University was recently barred from entering the United Arab Emirates, where the school has a new campus, after he criticized the country’s labor practices. In an interview, Stephen Wilkins of Plymouth University discussed the challenges facing Western satellite campuses. more

Global Insights

Spoilers Emerge as Iran Nuclear Talks Reach Delicate Endgame

By Richard Weitz
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With the deadline for a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program fast approaching, critical players have been expressing opposition to a deal they perceive as too lenient. In this context, the role played by Russia and China in the negotiations could prove critical for the success of any deal. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Can the U.N. Deliver for Obama on Iran, Israel-Palestine Deals?

By Richard Gowan
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Barack Obama’s influence on the future of U.S. foreign policy is shrinking as he nears the end of his presidency. But he might use his leverage over U.N. diplomacy to push through deals on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. If he does, the U.N. could struggle to deliver. more

Global Insider

Despite Falling Energy Prices, Arctic Oil Exploration Likely to Continue

By The Editors
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The U.S. Department of the Interior is due to decide this week if Royal Dutch Shell can restart drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska after it was forced to shut down operations in 2012. In an interview, Robert Huebert, an associate professor at the University of Calgary, discussed Arctic drilling amid the slump in global oil prices. more

Strategic Horizons

Contrasting Strategic Cultures Drive U.S.-Israel Split on Iran

By Steven Metz
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Unlike Israel, the United States has far-ranging, interconnected global concerns and a uniquely idealistic strategic culture. How the U.S. deals with Iran reverberates outside the Middle East, and done badly, it might advance Israel’s security while degrading American interests elsewhere in the world. more