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    Obama Should Assert Resolve the World Can Believe In

    With his address to the United Nations this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated, “I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it.” The very real threat of hostilities continues to rise as Iranian posturing … More

    Public Diplomacy as Apology

    Judging by President Obama’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday, U.S. public diplomacy messaging on the Middle East crisis is stuck perpetually on a setting of “apology.” It has been this way since the much-criticized September 11 statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, which apologized to the threatening … More

    Free Speech Threatened at United Nations

    The skies over New York are thick with chickens coming home to roost for the Obama Administration. No sooner had President Obama delivered his oration to the U.N. General Assembly—in which he both defended the principle of free speech and denounced the exercise thereof if it hurts Muslim religious feelings—than … More

    Attempting to Decipher the Perplexing Rhetoric of Ahmadinejad's U.N. Speech

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s highly anticipated U.N. speech can be summed up in one word: erratic. Although he toned down most of the incendiary language he used in previous years, Ahmadinejad whined about how “the current world order is discriminatory and based on injustice.” To replace it, Ahmadinejad tried to … More

    Obama Should Be Guided by His Own Words on Latin America

    In his generally disappointing September 25 address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama trotted out a number of fundamental American principles. He called for a world able to “live with liberty, dignity, justice and opportunity,” and defended “universal values.” He urged an end to “the politics of division” … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Ways Obama Disappointed at the United Nations

    President Obama spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday – and what a disappointing speech it was. He actually scrapped his original speech outline to focus on the controversial YouTube video that many have suggested sparked recent anti-American attacks in the Middle East, including one in … More

    Obama Has Another Jimmy Carter Moment at the U.N.

    President Obama’s U.N. speech offered little confidence for those living in the direct firing line of an Iran, which may soon be armed with a nuclear weapon. For the people of Israel—and millions living in the Gulf states that lie in the shadow of Tehran—Obama’s address to the U.N. must … More

    Iran Escalates Threats Ahead of Ahmadinejad’s United Nations Speech

    The war of nerves between Iran and Israel continued to escalate over the weekend as a prominent Iranian officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps threatened to launch a pre-emptive attack on Israel if Tehran concluded that an Israeli attack was imminent. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of … More

    U.N. Review of Tech Transfers to Iran, North Korea Underscores Need for U.S. Action

    As reported by Fox News earlier this year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) approved the transfer of computers and other equipment to Iran and North Korea—both of which are under sanction by the U.S. and the United Nations—without notifying WIPO member states or the U.N. sanctions committees. In response, … More

    U.N. "Programme of Action" Does Little Damage, So Far

    The 2012 Review Conference for the U.N.’s “Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects” (PoA) concluded with a consensus agreement on Friday. The agreement continued the PoA’s track record of over-promising and under-delivering, but, in the … More