Charles Kupchan’s “How Enemies Become Friends”

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I really like former Clinton administration National Security Council official and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Charles Kupchan‘s new book, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace. Rather than taking yet another tired swipe at why war breaks out, Kupchan takes a refreshing and interesting look at where and why peace breaks out between warring parties. During a longer book talk that I had the pleasure of hosting at the New America Foundation, Kupchan, who also is…

America’s Afghanistan Quagmire: Nobody is Winning

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Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel published last week in the Washington Post a no nonsense assessment of America’s situation in Afghanistan. Read the entire oped, but the zingers are that General Stanley McChrystal has acknowledged that there is a stalemate in Afghanistan now. This means that after an increase of nearly 16,000 troops of the Obama-pledged 30,000, the U.S. is not seeing a shift in its fortunes. Marja is a mess, and Kandahar lurks out there as a potentially very…

LIVE STREAM at 12:15 pm: Ian Bremmer on the End of the Free Market

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Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer will be speaking at the New America Foundation TODAY from 12:15 pm-1:45 pm, discussing his new book, The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? , with TWN publisher Steve Clemons. If you can’t join us for this event, we will be livestreaming here at TWN. — Andrew Lebovich

Watch Out When an Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi & Taliban Agree

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From the BBC: West Bank rabbi bans women from local election Rabbi Elyakim Levanon of the Elon Moreh settlement, near Nablus, said women lacked the authority to stand for the post of local secretary. He wrote in a community newspaper that women must only be heard through their husbands. No women have registered for the election due to be held later on Wednesday, Israeli media reported. The rabbi made his comments in the community’s newspaper after an unidentified young woman…

Dual Hat Panetta: Leon Panetta Should be Appointed Both DNI and DCIA

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This is a guest note by Dr. Christopher K. Tucker, founding Chief Strategic Officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s Venture Fund. Tucker is also a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Leon Panetta Should be Appointed Both DNI and DCIA Chatter amongst Intelligence professionals is focused on assessing the political environment that the President faces at the moment, and how this will shape his decision regarding the next Director of National Intelligence (DNI). With the…

U.S. and Cuba Must Share Stewardship in the Gulf

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(Photo Credit: Deepwater Horizon Response photostream) This guest post, which originally appeared at The Havana Note, is a guest note by Tom Garofalo, a consultant for the New America Foundation/U.S-Cuba Policy Initiative. The blame for the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is now flowing almost as freely as the oil, and even after a month, the full extent of the Deepwater Horizon disaster won’t be known for some time. The explosion and the futility of efforts to stanch…

LIVE STREAM at 12:15 pm: Charles Kupchan on Turning Enemies into Friends

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Georgetown University Professor and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Charles Kupchan has written an important book, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace, that deals with the vital issue of how to effectively negotiate and make peace with international rivals and opponents. Kupchan will be at the New America Foundation from 12:15 pm-1:45 pm today to discuss his book with TWN publisher Steve Clemons. The event will stream live here at The Washington Note. — Andrew Lebovich

Remembering Our End Goals in Iran

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Last week’s controversial uranium enrichment agreement among Iran, Turkey and Brazil, along with the subsequent decision from the P5+1 countries to push forward with sanctions, throws into stark relief the tendency for the U.S. and Iran to talk past each other, as the possibility for constructive dialogue slips further and further away. In this context Georgetown University Professor and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Charles Kupchan’s article from last month’s Foreign Affairs, “Enemies into Friends,” continues to be relevant….