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    Don't Cut Defense to Fund State

    It is no secret that when it comes to the use of power, the Obama Administration vastly prefers “soft” power to the military variety. In a recent article in Politico, Michael Clauser, executive vice president of the Society of National Security Professionals, writes that proposed cuts to the Pentagon budget … More

    The End of Diplomacy As We Know It

    There is no such thing as secret diplomacy anymore, maybe not even plain old diplomacy. This week’s mammoth WikiLeaks dump of State Department Internet traffic has ensured that henceforth all diplomacy may end up in the public domain at the push of a button. WikiLeaks is nothing less than an … More

    New House Caucus on Diplomacy and War of Ideas Off and Running

    This week the House Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy Caucus got off to a good start in its latest efforts to explore the Obama administration’s new strategy for engaging foreign publics. Room 121 in the Canon House office building was quickly filled as the Caucus held its first briefing on … More

    Russia Sets Limits on U.N. Iran Sanctions

    The Obama Administration continues to talk up the prospects for strong U.N. sanctions on Iran at the same time that it is becoming increasingly clear the United States is unlikely to persuade Russia and China to approve anything stronger than a mild slap on the wrist for their Iranian friends. … More

    U.S. Policy in Africa: Long on Promise, Short on Performance

    On April 5, in a speech at Harvard University Secretary of State Clinton’s lead diplomat for Africa Johnnie Carson outlined policy guidelines for sub-Saharan Africa. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Carson is a seasoned, three-time ambassador to Africa with an illustrious career as a diplomat and an analyst … More

    In the Green Room: Rep. McKeon (R-CA) on Keeping America Great

    In the most recent installment of “In the Green Room”, Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee sat down with us before his speech yesterday at The Heritage Foundation to discuss national defense priorities. More

    Budget 2011: New Money, Old Ways in the State Department Budget

    Increasing spending on the State Department and international affairs while freezing discretionary domestic spending is probably not likely to endear President Obama further to constituencies on either side of the Congressional aisle. Yet, the State Department is one of the few winners in President Obama’s FY 2011 budget request, continuing … More

    Obama’s Failed Diplomatic Game

    “Open hand” is the name of President Obama’s diplomatic strategy in Iran. The administration’s current course of action for Iran is “open negotiations” which offer Iran better relations with the United States if Iran will enter arms control talks. It is a game of give and take. As Secretary Clinton … More

    Morning Bell: Hot Dog Engagement

    If one word can sum up the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, it’s “engagement.” From Cuba to Iran and the Middle East to Russia, engagement is the White House’s magic word, an incantation that it uses to justify everything it does. Engagement’s the improved, touchy-feely way of announcing that you plan … More

    Why is the President Smiling?

    Shmuley Boteach asks some brilliant questions in his article today in the Jerusalem Post that examined President Obama’s handshake diplomacy, like: ALL THIS LEADS to one important question. Suppose Obama succeeds in building friendships with Chavez, Castro, Ahmadinejad and the Taliban. What then? Does America still get to feel that it … More