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    That Pesky Reset Button

    The media and pundits alike have skewered the Clinton State Department for giving Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a prop “reset button” when Secretary Clinton met with him in Geneva earlier in the month. Obviously it is a bad idea to reset relations with Russia only weeks into a new … More

    Chávez and the Congressman: Exchanging Tips on “Socialism of the 21st Century?”

    According to an official communiqué issued by the Venezuelan government, Senator [sic] William Delahunt, a “friend of Venezuela,” according to Foreign Minister Nicholas Maduro, found time this week to slip away from Congress and spend two and half hours in closed-door conversations in Caracas with Venezuela’s controversial President Hugo Chávez, … More

    Kremlin Sending Contradictory Signals

    Last week President Dmitry Medvedev met with American foreign policy veterans including former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who champion better U.S.-Russian relations, and positively assessed the Obama Administration’s latest moves. Medvedev said resetting the U.S.-Russian relationship should not be limited to words but should extend to practical deeds. … More

    An Elementary Failure of Courtesy

    Rory Cooper has drawn attention to the fact that the DVDs that President Obama gave British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his visit here earlier this month won’t play in Britain. It’s worse than that: Brown is blind in one eye, and is reported to be suffering vision problems in … More

    Stop This Trade War Before It Starts

    The Washington Post editorializes today: As President Obama and many of his supporters articulated it during the 2008 campaign, the case against President George W. Bush’s foreign policy emphasized his highhanded treatment of countries with which we disagree. Too often going it alone in pursuit of asserted national interests, the … More

    A Russian-Chinese Axis at the G-20?

    Earlier this week, Russia issued a radical call for the eventual replacement of the dollar as an international reserve currency, and its replacement by a new, fiat currency to be created by a global regulator. The prospects for agreement on this at the G-20 summit in April, to put it … More

    What Russia Wants from the G-20: The End of the Dollar

    We know what the EU’s leaders want out of April’s meeting of the G-20 in London: lots of regulations to tie down Britain and the U.S. And we have a pretty good sense of what the outcome of the meeting will be: the Europeans will get what they want, and … More

    The Outlines of the G-20 Deal Emerge, And They’re Not Good

    In the run-up to the G-20 summit in London on April 2, a curious division has emerged. On one side stand the U.S. and Britain, both sounding like continental Europeans in their enthusiasm for deficit spending. On the other stand France and Germany, rejecting stimulus packages but eager to impose … More

    The EU’s Insecurity Policy

    For nearly 20 years, the European Union has been gearing up for a “Common Foreign and Security Policy” with the goal of being able to flex some real global muscle.So, Europeans will take care of their own corner of the world instead of waiting around for the U.S. to come … More

    The Unelected, Unaccountable EU and the G20

    Proving the old adage that no crisis should go to waste, the unelected European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, has called for Europe to “speak with one voice” at the G-20 summit to be held in London on April 2. It is reported that Americans and Europeans are at odds … More