Tag Archives: John Kerry

Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

Despite President Obama's promises of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the United States is settling in for the long haul.

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Where Are Former Members of the 113th Congress?

Whatever the former members of the 113th have to say about their service in Congress, one thing seems pretty clear: Capitol Hill is not a bad stepping stone to future employment.

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Renaissance or Mirage: Can Africa Sustain its Growth?

How realistic are expectations about Africa’s economic prospects? There are several reasons why we should be both optimistic and cautious about the continent's future economic performance.

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US is Back in Somalia

It’s taken the USA a long time to get over the humiliation of Black Hawk Down. With his surprise visit to Mogadishu, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally closed that ignominious chapter, and announced that Somalia would be seeing a lot more American involvement from now on.

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Iran Nuclear Deal: The Public Opinion Hurdles Ahead

Polls in Iran and US underscore the mutual popular mistrust that could scuttle a final agreement.

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Political Cost of Clinton’s Email Reversal

The uproar over Hillary Clinton's email practices raises crucial issues about transparency in government and seems to contradict her own previous commitment to openness.

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The Big Omission in Netanyahu’s Address to Congress

Even though the Israeli Prime Minister slammed the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, he failed to offer any alternatives for ensuring that Tehran does not obtain nuclear weapons.

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The US Congress, Israel and the Middle East

Congress's embrace of Israel may result in the scuttling of the nuclear negotiations and worsening relations with Iran that could result in widening turmoil, war and terrorism throughout the Middle East, including the strategic Persian Gulf, especially Afghanistan, in addition to Central Asia.

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A Message for Pakistan

Obama’s second visit to India incensed and annoyed many in Pakistan. Obama snubbed us by not visiting Pakistan but our government continues to remain in a subservient mood, or at least this was how a number of observers and politicians interpreted the event. These emotive responses in Pakistan notwithstanding and regardless of the tangibles achieved, Obama’s New Delhi yatra carries several messages for Pakistan.

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The Silent Treatment in South Asia

Private U.S. messages could use occasional public reinforcement, but Washington has been well trained by India and Pakistan to respect their sensitivities.

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