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    Wife of Saeed Abedini Fights for His Freedom

    Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor and American citizen, has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year. In that time period, he has been severely tortured, robbed, threatened at knife point, and suffered severe health problems. The Iranian government has sentenced him to another eight years in Rajaishahr, one … More

    Iran Remains a Human Rights Abuser Despite an Interim Nuclear Deal

    In the wake of the recent nuclear deal with the West, Iran’s repressive regime remains hard at work, trampling on individual liberty at every opportunity. Iranians are not likely to see any improvements in the country’s dismal human rights record and continue to live in a state of fear. Iran … More

    Eastern Europe Continues to Be an Afterthought for the U.S.

    Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Poland is a step in the right direction, but the timing and manner of Kerry’s visit leave much to be desired, especially when viewed in the larger context of the Obama Administration’s antipathy toward Eastern Europe. Kerry is in Poland for talks with … More

    Tweeting for Their Country: Diplomats and World Leaders Warm to Twitter

    Twitter is coming of age. Today, the social website will be offering its shares to the public, following in the somewhat faltering footsteps of its competitor Facebook. But this is not the only the reason the 140-character social website is making its mark. World leaders, from President Obama to Iranian … More

    Indo–Pakistani Cease-Fire No More

    Indo–Pakistani skirmishing along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir has escalated in the past 10 days and threatens to destroy a decade-old cease-fire between the regional rivals. A series of incidents along the LoC, including the ambush and killing of five Indian soldiers last week and the killing … More

    War of Tweets: The State Department Takes on Islamists

    Twitter and other social media are the new battle ground in the war of ideas between Islamist radicals and the U.S. State Department. Since July 17, Islamist tweeters and the State Department’s Digital Outreach Team (DOT) have been dueling on Twitter. The DOT is part of the State Department’s Center … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting “Defunct”—Congress Finally Steps In

    Last Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) tackled an issue long overdue for congressional oversight—the state of affairs at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The title of the HFAC hearing—“Broadcasting Board of Governors: An Agency ‘Defunct’”—came from none other than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “The BBG … More

    The State Department’s Confusion over Confucius Institutes

    On May 17, Robin J. Lerner, deputy assistant secretary for private sector exchange at the State Department, made a valiant attempt to correct the troubling disparity in the public diplomacy competition between the Chinese and American governments, a competition in which the Chinese are clearly pulling ahead. The issue in … More

    U.S. Nods to India's Closing Missile Gap with China

    India’s successful test of the Agni-V, a nuclear-capable long-range missile, is a major step forward for New Delhi in attaining nuclear deterrence against regional rival China. The lack of U.S. condemnation of India’s latest missile test demonstrates that the U.S. is comfortable with Indian progress in the nuclear and missile … More

    Foreign Affairs, Anyone? Department of State Reaches Out to Americans

    In its never-ending efforts to be hip, the U.S. State Department last week launched a new Web site called “Discover Diplomacy.” It has video clips, it has audio tracks, it has interactive maps and images—it has it all. The site is the work of the U.S. Diplomacy Center, an office … More