Archive for the International Business Times Category

Chavez’s Death A Huge Opportunity – If Venezuelans Can Seize It

The death of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez prompts two questions, the answers to which will have enormous implications not just for his country but for the United States, Latin America, and points far beyond. First, will the government Chavez left behind conduct a fair election to replace […]

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Rest Assured – Nuclear Talks With Iran Are Resuming

Good news, everyone. Nuclear talks are resuming on Feb. 26 between Iran and the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany – and not a minute too soon. The Islamic Republic has been making notable progress on the nuclear front, perhaps […]

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Does America Know Its Own Best Interests?

President Barack Obama raised eyebrows in Jewish circles recently when word leaked that, according to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, he had been privately saying “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” Obama’s comments, reflecting weariness more than anger about Israeli behavior, came when – in response […]

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Hagel, Kerry, and The Combat Experience

“War is hell,” is the popular phrase that dates back at least to William Tecumseh Sherman, and no one knows the reality of war better than the two prospective new members of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team. If confirmed, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry will bring […]

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For The United States, A Treacherous New Year

Happy New Year – we should hope – because 2013 could prove a defining one on a host of interrelated challenges in the Greater Middle East, and elsewhere, that will have profound consequences for the United States and its allies for decades to come. The challenges include […]

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