On Afghanistan, Obama Should Take Page Out of Eisenhower Book



Politico‘s Mike Allen has the attendance roster for President Obama’s big Afghan pow-wow today: At 3 p.m., the President will participate in a THREE-HOUR meeting with his national security team on Afghanistan in the Situation Room. . .

Rapprochement, Not “Engagement + Threats” Must Be Tried With Iran



(Photo Credit: White House Photostream) While at home in Boston this past weekend, I found myself google-news-ing (is that a word yet?) Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett to get their take on the Obama administration’s recent moves with regard to Iran and last week’s revelations concerning the uranium enrichment facility near the holy city…

Reflections on the German Elections



Sam Sherraden just returned from Berlin where he was on a study tour with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a think tank associated with Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP). The Free Democrats (FDP) and the Christian Democrats (CDU) put together enough votes in Sunday’s national election to form Germany’s next coalition government.

Guest Post by Oliver Lough: Climate Change — Europe Needs Its Leading Lady Back



Oliver Lough is a research intern at the New America Foundation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, months of faintly superior-sounding European criticism of American intransigence on climate change has started to ruffle a few feathers. “It may be,” retorts an exasperated U.S.

Guest Post by Lawrence Wilkerson: Another Side of Richard Bruce Cheney



Lawrence B. Wilkerson was chief of staff of the Department of State from 2001-2005 and served for 16 years as an aide to General Colin Powell. Many people today are focused on former Vice President Dick Cheney’s complicity in torture.