World Report

March 2013


Five Lessons Learned From the Syrian Civil War

By |

Robert Nolan is an editor at the Foreign Policy Association and producer of the Great Decisions in Foreign Policy television series on PBS. You can follow him on Twitter @robert_nolan.

As the civil war in Syria continues to escalate, claiming an estimated 70,000 lives over more than two years, there ...

Read More

TAGS:
Middle East
national security
foreign aid
Russia
foreign policy
Syria
Obama, Barack
Iraq
Bashar Assad

North Korea, Syria and Iran Demand U.S. Attention And Debate

By |

Michael P. Noonan is the Director of the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Between North Korean saber rattling; continued unease over the level of threat posed by Tehran; an unsettled situation in Syria;

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
national security
politics
Afghanistan
Congress
Obama administration
Syria
Iran
North Korea

Congress Takes Action on Syria When President Obama Won't

By and |

Evan Moore is a Senior Policy Analyst and Joshua Brewer is a Research Intern at the Foreign Policy Initiative.

Two years after the uprising against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad began, the United Nations estimates that over 70,000 Syrians have been killed, 3.6 million are ...

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
Syria
Obama, Barack
Congress
terrorism
Middle East
Rubio, Marco
Casey, Bob
Bashar Assad

Rand Paul Gets Foreign Policy Right While Rubio Drifts Toward War

By |

Justin Logan is the director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.

The Republican Party has admitted it has a problem. Something has to change to restore the party to a place where it might be able to get one of its own elected president.

Senator Rand Paul, R-KY.,  has made clear that he ...

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
Rubio, Marco
Paul, Rand
Republican Party
diplomacy
Iran
Iraq war (2003-2011)

Four Less Tired Takeaways from Iraq 10 Years Later

By |

Benjamin H. Friedman is a Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

Because you read stuff like this, you are probably all for learning and reflection about war, but bored to tears by the Lessons of Iraq, especially when they come in a ...

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Bush, George W.
Department of Defense
national security
terrorism
9/11
Petraeus, David

The Deeply Mixed Results of the Iraq War

By |

Ben Connable is an international policy analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. He served three tours in Iraq from 2003-2006 as an intelligence officer and cultural adviser, and analyzed the Iraq war as an intelligence desk officer. Ben is a co-author of a forthcoming RAND study on ...

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Department of Defense
Bush, George W.
terrorism
al-Qaida
national security

Cyberwar Isn't an Existential Threat to the U.S.

By |

Jason Healey is director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council. You can follow him on Twitter @Jason_Healey.

America does not face an existential cyberthreat today, despite recent warnings. Our cybervulnerabilities are undoubtedly grave and the threats we face are severe but far ...

Read More

TAGS:
Department of Defense
Mullen, Mike
foreign policy
cybersecurity
China
national security
technology

Obama Must Stand Up for Democracy in Post-Chavez Venezuela

By |

Patrick Christy is a senior policy analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative.

Venezuela's upcoming election to replace the late Hugo Chavez gives the country an important opportunity to break away from over a decade's worth of strongman rule—and move towards better governance, improved internal ...

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
Latin America
Obama administration
democracy
Chávez, Hugo
global economy

What the Election of Pope Francis Says About Global Politics

By |

Hannah Gais is assistant editor at the Foreign Policy Association and editor of ForeignPolicyBlogs.com. You can follow her on Twitter @axi0nestin.

The decline and fall of the West in general and Europe in particular may be hype, but emerging powers have made themselves heard in some surprising—and ...

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
Europe
Latin America
Pope Francis
Catholic Church
global economy
South America

Diplomacy With Iran Over Nuclear Weapons Has Hurt More Than Helped

By and |

Patrick Christy and Evan Moore are senior policy analysts at the Foreign Policy Initiative

For nearly a decade, the United States has tried to use both economic pressure and diplomatic engagement to persuade Iran to halt its drive to nuclear weapons-making capability. Yet, while Iran's ongoing ...

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
Iran
diplomacy
Israel
national security
nuclear weapons
Obama administration

Americans Must Do More to Welcome Saudi Scholarship Students

By and |

Richard LeBaron is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and Stefanie A. Hausheer conducts research on the Gulf and Yemen.

Through the King Abdullah scholarship program, young Saudi women are seizing new opportunities, Saudi family dynamics are changing, and there is potential for the emergence ...

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
Saudi Arabia
terrorism
scholarships
education
9/11
Bush, George W.