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    A Year of Living Dangerously: Obama’s Disappointing “Russian Year”

    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Munich in March she presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a gift intended to symbolize the Obama administration’s desire to “push the reset button” on U.S. relations with Moscow. Problem is, the lettering on the little red button said “overload” (peregruzka), … More

    Slouching Towards Disarmament

    Secretary Clinton indicated in a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Wednesday that the Administration’s efforts have been increasingly directed toward an arms control and non-proliferation agenda. The Administration is hastily pursuing the ratification of a START follow-on treaty with Russia and, in addition, Secretary Clinton announced on … More

    What Are We Incentivizing Exactly?

    It seems that every week the administration tries to find a new excuse cut and run in Afghanistan. This week the line is that without a stable government and a clear winner in the elections sending more troops to the country would be unwise. On the other hand, Secretary Clinton … More

    The Administration Gets It Wrong on Arms Control, Again

    On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. would seek a “strong international standard” in the control of the conventional arms trade by “seizing the opportunity presented by the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations.” But the participation comes with a caveat: the … More

    Peace Prize for Obama, Cuts for Iranian Reformers

    In the citation for President Obama’s award of the Nobel peace prize, the Norwegian Nobel Academy mentioned that his style of leadership would bring in a new era for human rights and democracy – among the many other wondrous things that are to be expected from the president. Unfortunately, the … More

    Iran: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

    The Washington Post reports: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held lengthy talks with [Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov]Tuesday as part of an intense American effort to improve relations, but she made few gains on a top U.S. priority — increasing pressure on Iran. … Emerging from four hours of … More

    Moscow Tells Clinton to Forget Sanctions

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received bad news today in Moscow regarding her quest to secure greater Russian cooperation in holding Iran’s feet to the fire on the nuclear issue. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking after the meeting, said that “all efforts” should be made to maintain dialogue with … More

    Don’t Yield to Former President Zelaya’s Call for More U.S. Intervention in Honduras

    In Washington this week, Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president of Honduras, is telling his side of the story of what led to his removal from the presidency on June 28. He blames the oligarchy and their clients for conspiring to topple him. He is pressing hard for more punitive sanctions … More

    More Hollow Rhetoric on China

    Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Treasury Geithner co-authored a Wall Street Journal op-ed today on the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) with China. The op-ed suits the Dialogue perfectly: it seems to be an important piece of work but there’s actually little to it. The two Secretaries tell … More

    India Balks at Hillary Clinton’s Carbon Reduction Talk, Questions Global Warming Science

    For any carbon reduction scheme to succeed in reducing global carbon emissions, the plan itself must be global in nature. The problem is, the world’s two biggest emerging powers and carbon emitters, China and India, have no interest in joining any such pact. That was made all the more evident … More