The View From My Future Window & Thoughts on Demo-Hypocrisy



A good friend and neighbor in Colorado just sent this in to me. I happen to own the hill and ridge pictured — and plan someday to have a house there, just about where the rainbow hits land. Congrats to Al Franken who is nearly there! And like everyone else, I’m pretty darn impressed with Jenny Sanford on her life perspective. Now off to Rome, where Cicero more than anyone else laid out what checks and balances rule really involves….

Back to Rome



For a few days, I have been doing some exploratory work on a book and needed to take a few days break from TWN to clear my mind. I am off to Rome, Italy today. I will be blogging over the next couple of weeks — but so will a number of other of my colleagues who are going to pick up some of the slack while I’m traveling and on a partial vacation. If you are in Rome during…

Guest Post by Patrick Doherty: Hondruas and Cuba — Ending the Hypocrisy


President Eisenhower and Cuban President Batista meet in Panama. Patrick Doherty directs the New America Foundation/U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative. One of the most difficult communications challenges for President Obama will be overcoming America’s history of ideological hypocrisy. In his speech in Cairo, Mr. Obama started down this path, recognizing that our own history in the Middle East, such as the invasion of Iraq and the coup against the popularly-elected Iranian government of Mossadegh, was less than stellar. Indeed, whenever…

Honduras’ Military Coup Tests the Obama Administration



On Sunday the Honduran military ousted President Manuel Zelaya hours before the country was to vote on his referendum to extend presidential term limits. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were quick to speak, but slow to draw conclusions. Clinton’s carefully chosen words condemn the coup, but offer no specific support for President Zelaya, “As we move forward, all parties have a responsibility to address the underlying problems that led to yesterday’s events in a way that enhances democracy…

Can the Fragile Equilibrium Among Ankara, Erbil and Baghdad Endure?



Atlantic Council Senior Fellow David L. Phillips has an excellent post at the New Atlanticist blog explaining the emerging strategic partnership between Turkey and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil, Iraq. Phillips explains: Turkey’s military strikes against the PKK in northern Iraq were a tactical and political success. Applying military pressure catalyzed Ankara’s decision to offer Iraqi Kurdistan political and economic rewards in exchange for cooperation against the PKK, a U.S.-listed terrorist organization that Turkey holds responsible for 30,000…

Former UK Ambassador to Iran Richard Dalton on “Iran: What Matters Now?”



(This picture from November 2004 depicts then UK Ambassador to Iran Sir Richard Dalton and Iran’s then top nuclear negotiator Hasan Howhani) During my recent trip to London where I spoke at a forum organized by intellectual wunderkind G. John Ikenberry through the triad of the Princeton Project on National Security, Newsweek, and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), I was privileged to be on a panel with Newsweek Middle East regional expert Christopher Dickey, RUSI Professorial Fellow Malcolm Chalmers,…

Singer Michael Jackson Dies



I know this is not a political or foreign policy matter — but news has just broken that Michael Jackson has died of heart attack (according to current reports) at the age of 50. No matter the controversies, I grew up on many of his songs. Condolences also to the family, friends, and fans of the iconic Farah Fawcett who also died today from a two and a half year struggle with cancer. — Steve Clemons

Media Alert: Michelangelo Signorile Show at 4:30 pm EST — Warren Olney & Vanity Fair Too



A couple of things to bring to the attentions of friends of TWN. At 4:30 pm EST today, I’ll be talking about Iran on the Michelangelo Signorile Show. Yesterday, I had an interesting and substantive short discussion with To the Point‘s Warren Olney. And this bit by Thomas Kaplan just came out in Vanity Fair on Obama, Iran, and invites to 4th of July parties. More soon. — Steve Clemons