Diplomacy Articles


Obama and Castro Discuss Ways to Improve U.S.-Cuba Relations

12:48 PM, Sep 29, 2015

President Obama met with Cuban strongman Raul Castro today in New York City. The two discussed improving U.S.-Cuba relations, according to the White House.

"President Obama met today with President Raul Castro of Cuba to discuss recent advances in relations between the United States and Cuba, as well as additional steps each government can take to deepen bilateral cooperation. The two Presidents discussed the recent successful visit of Pope Francis to both countries," a White House read-out of the meeting states.

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Isolation at the U.N.

It’s also known as leadership.
Sep 28, 2015

In defending the Iran nuclear deal to Congress, President Obama and his staff argued repeatedly that rejection would leave America in dire isolation at the United Nations. Obama can now relax. Having used slash-and-burn executive tactics to roll right over a dissenting majority in Congress and a disapproving American public, he can look forward to celebrating this deal with those more likely to applaud it, when he speaks September 28 at the 70th annual General Assembly in New York.

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Iran Made Illegal Purchases of Nuclear Weapons Technology Last Month

12:48 AM, Jul 10, 2015

The question is not whether Iran can be trusted to uphold the nuclear deal now being negotiated in Vienna (it can’t), but whether the Obama administration and its P5+1 partners can be trusted to punish Iran when it violates the agreement? 

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Cotton on Iran Deal

1:57 PM, Jul 05, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton joined ABC's This Week to discuss the Iranian nuclear deal:

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Iran Goads Obama: Show 'Courage' and the 'Audacity to Break Old Habits'

'We have never been closer to a lasting outcome' ... 'Our common threat today is the growing menace of violent extremism and outright barbarism' ...
1:18 PM, Jul 03, 2015

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif has released a YouTube message aimed apparently at his American negotiators. In the video, Zarif even suggests his nation and the United States are int he fight together against terrorism: "Our common threat today is the growing menace of violent extremism and outright barbarism."

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Café Central and a Coffee with Viennese Ghosts: Intellectuals, Dictators, and Zionists

3:05 PM, Jun 29, 2015

Vienna
With Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif’s one-day trip back to Tehran for consultations with supreme leader Ali Khamenei, it was a slow day for the nuclear talks here in the Austrian capital. Journalists are shuttling back and forth between the press tent and the lobby of the adjacent Marriott where Iranian intelligence officers, many of them posing as journalists, unabashedly photograph and film anyone that catches their attention. I opted out and spent the morning wandering around the city.

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The Sentence That Could Doom the Iran Deal

12:50 PM, Jun 29, 2015

Here's a news bulletin from the Iran talks in Vienna:

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Iran Foreign Minister Going Home for Consultations

10:01 AM, Jun 28, 2015

Vienna
Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif is heading back to Tehran for consultations. Perhaps he’s relaying the Western reaction to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s remarks earlier in the week when he seemed to trash the key points of the deal the two sides came to in April.

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The 'Concerns' of Secretary Kerry

Samples from a study of impotence.
12:31 PM, May 08, 2015

On Syria:
“We are deeply concerned about the dire situation in Syria.”

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John Kerry's State Dept. Silent on Israel's Independence Day

7:01 AM, Apr 24, 2015

Despite issuing statements commemorating the National Days or 

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The Charm of Minister Zarif

8:35 AM, Apr 01, 2015

In an interesting story in Bloomberg entitled "Iran's Charmer in Chief Wins Again," Eli Lake discusses the "charm" of Iran's top nuclear negotiator and foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif.

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North Korean Diplomacy – Not So Diplomatic

11:05 AM, Mar 20, 2015

Countries that choose to host North Korean embassies (the United States is, quite rightly, not among them) take a real risk. Not only is the regime that they serve a horror show, but many of the country’s “diplomats” are literally criminals. When not conducting “diplomacy,” they engage in money laundering, counterfeiting, and drug trafficking schemes.

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Talking to Assad?

11:16 AM, Mar 15, 2015

The AP is reporting that:

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Man Who Attacked American Ambassador in Seoul Has Pyongyang Connections

4:16 PM, Mar 06, 2015

The recent vicious attack on U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert (he was stabbed in the face in Seoul) is, in fact, not the first attack on an American ambassador in that country. The earlier attackers on Ambassador Donald Gregg’s residence in 1989, however, were radical students with anti-free trade motives. The 55 year-old who assaulted Ambassador Lippert, on the other hand, has ties to radical pro-Pyongyang organizations and has visited North Korea several times.

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Obama: Goal Is to 'Reduce the Possibility of Iran' Getting Nukes

10:21 AM, Feb 26, 2015

Amid reports that a nuclear deal with Iran may freeze that country's ability to produce nuclear fuel for only ten years in exchange for sanctions relief, President Obama appeared to soften his words on the Iran negotiations if not his position.

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Report: Secret 'Talks About Talks' Taking Place Between U.S. and North Korea

8:13 AM, Feb 03, 2015

Despite raised tensions between the U.S. and North Korea recently, there are secret "talks about talks" taking place behind the scenes between the two countries, according to a new report.

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Obama Knocked for Chewing Gum in India: 'Ungainly Sight'

7:33 AM, Jan 26, 2015

President Obama is being knocked by local press for chewing gum today at the Republic Day parade in India.

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Boehner Jabs Obama By Inviting Bibi to Address Joint Session of Congress

9:30 AM, Jan 21, 2015

House speaker John Boehner has invited Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on February 11. The invitation is meant to be a repudiation of President Obama's Iran policy, according to a draft Boehner's prepared remarks this morning to the House Republican conference.

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Rand Just Doesn't Understand

In a recent op-ed, Rand Paul argues for President Obama's foreign policy.
12:50 PM, Dec 20, 2014

Senator Rand Paul has an op-ed in Time magazine making the case for normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba as Barack Obama has proposed. It’s a reasonable objective for U.S.

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State Dept. to 'Promote Gender-Sensitive Data'

7:34 AM, Dec 16, 2014

Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom joined former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York 

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In Australia, Obama Criticizes PM Abbott for Closing Borders Over Ebola

11:27 AM, Nov 15, 2014

President Obama appeared to criticize Australian prime minister Tony Abbott for closing borders to Austrlia due to concern over Ebola.

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Obama’s Weak Diplomacy with Iran

1:35 PM, Nov 07, 2014

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee published an important scoop yesterday. President Obama “secretly wrote to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the middle of last month and described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.” The “letter appeared aimed both at buttressing the campaign against [the] Islamic State and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal.”

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Zero Dark Shut Up

What good does it do to needlessly publicize the failures of American military operations?
11:54 AM, Aug 21, 2014

Yesterday, in response to the news that jihadi savages had killed an American journalist on YouTube, the Obama administration revealed that there had been a special forces operation that attempted and failed to rescue James Foley. For the life of me, I can't figure out why this was necessary information to reveal, beyond the fact that it was a cheap way of convincing the American people that Obama had been concerned about Foley's plight.

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Zero Dark Shut Up

Why good does it do to needlessly publicize the failures of American military operations?
10:48 AM, Aug 21, 2014

Yesterday, in response to the news to the news that jihadi savages had killed an American journalist on YouTube, the Obama administration revealed that there had been a special forces operation that attempted and failed to rescue James Foley. For the life of me, I can't figure out why this was necessary information to reveal, beyond the fact that it was a cheap way of convincing the American people that Obama had been concerned about Foley's plight.

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State Department: 'Volleyball Diplomacy Strengthens U.S.-Iranian Relations'

8:01 AM, Aug 12, 2014

Besides centrifuges, uranium enrichment, and sanctions, this month the State Department turned to sets, digs, and spikes in diplomatic efforts with Iran. Samuel Werberg, a press and public diplomacy officer in the U.S.

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Martin's Myths

9:08 AM, May 09, 2014

Last night Martin Indyk, now the chief assistant to Secretary of State Kerry in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, spoke at length to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. One account of his speech appears here at the Times of Israel's web site.

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In Iran, It’s the Guys With the Guns Who Call the Shots

Talking to Michael Rubin about his new book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging with Rogue Regimes.
9:31 AM, Feb 22, 2014

Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, has just published a very timely book— especially for anyone interested in the likely success of the Obama administration’s diplomatic engagement with Iran.

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Why Iranian Sufis Do Not Believe in Tehran’s ‘New Diplomacy’

1:34 PM, Jan 06, 2014

The ascension of Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani supposedly represented a “period of hope.” That may be true for Western negotiators hoping to spend more time in Geneva, but not for the Sufis and other religious minorities of Iran, whom the regime in Tehran continues to repress.

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Dennis Rodman’s Ding Dong Diplomacy

9:01 AM, Dec 20, 2013

Now that the hoopla has begun to die down over Kim Jong-un’s execution of his uncle—reportedly Mafia-style with machine guns—the Young General is anticipating his athletes shooting a few hoops under the expert tutoring of Dennis Rodman.

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