Obama Calls on Assad to Step Down

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 7:45 am

Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton made the case that the President calling for Bashar al-Assad to step down from power in Syria would be ineffectual: “It’s not going to be any news if the United States says, ‘Assad needs to go.’ Okay, fine, what’s next?” asked Clinton, who spoke before a room packed with service [...]

Hillary Clinton Makes Smart Power Case on Syria

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 9:30 am

I actually agree with much of Hillary Clinton’s assessment of the Administration’s Syria policy. “It’s not just brute force, it’s not just unilateralism, it’s being smart enough to say: ‘You know what? We want a bunch of people singing out of the same hymn book,’ ” said Clinton, who appeared with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta [...]

Libyan Rebels Backtrack on Promise to Allow Gadhafi to “Retire” Inside Country

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 10:36 am

The Libyan rebels either are or are not engaged in talks with the Gadhafi regime, depending upon whether you believe their actions or their denials. The rebels started with support for the African Union plan to open negotiations Libya, without Gadhafi’s involvement. In exchange for the talks on Libya’s future, the AU asked that the [...]

Support for Arming Libyan Rebels Wanes, Rules of Engagement Unclear

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 2:57 pm

The debate over whether to arm rebels in Libya still rages, although given that we have CIA operatives on the ground coordinating airstrikes and a secret finding authorizing the President to provide covert support, including arms shipments, it seems like something of a red herring. But for what it’s worth, it’s incredibly unpopular. We knew [...]

Turkey’s Erdogan Calls on Mubarak to “Welcome the Will of the Nation for Change”

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 11:01 am

We are seeing US policymakers moving ever closer to suggesting that Hosni Mubarak must relinquish power in Egypt. John Kerry, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made that case today in the New York Times, calling on Mubarak to “accept that the stability of his country hinges on his willingness to step aside gracefully [...]

Report: American Citizen Among Dead From Gaza Flotilla Incident

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 8:56 am

The New York Times quotes officials in Turkey and Washington in identifying one of the dead from the Gaza flotilla incident as an American citizen. The development added a new diplomatic complexity as Israel struggled to defuse rising international anger over its raid on six ships seeking to break its blockade of the Gaza Strip, [...]

Free Gaza Flotilla Affair Stumbles Toward Open War

By: Tuesday June 1, 2010 7:29 am

The massacre on a humanitarian aid boat sent toward Gaza to highlight the blockade which is slowly starving the 1.5 million residents of the Palestinian strip of land shows every sign of sparking a larger and more deadly set of incidents. The UN Security Council met in emergency session yesterday, and even the British Ambassador [...]

White House Nonplussed By Iran Uranium Enrichment Deal

By: Monday May 17, 2010 11:43 am

The Obama Administration waited many hours – about half a day – to respond to the apparent Iranian deal with Turkey and Brazil on a nuclear fuel swap that adheres largely to the offer put on the table by Western powers to Iran last October. The first unofficial response came in this article, suggesting it [...]

Iran Inks Deal With Turkey, Brazil For Uranium Fuel Swap

By: Monday May 17, 2010 5:30 am

Maybe the year-plus of negotiating paid off after all. Early this morning, Iran signed a deal with Turkey and Brazil that would enable it to pursue a civilian nuclear energy strategy, while swapping the fuel on Turkish soil to calm fears that it was enriching uranium for military purposes. Iran said it had agreed to [...]

Another Year, Another Armenian Genocide Vote, Another Set Of Tensions With Turkey

By: Friday March 5, 2010 11:13 am

This is about as predictable as the sunrise. Since the Democrats have been in power, every year around the commemoration of the Armenian genocide the House Foreign Affairs Committee passes a nonbinding resolution calling it, you know, a genocide, and Turkey responds by recalling its ambassador, and the President, whether Bush or Obama, tries to [...]

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