Department of State Responds to General Anthony Zinni’s “Smart Power” Proposal



Editor’s Note: Recently, retired 4-star General Anthony Zinni critiqued what he perceives to be an inability of the Department of State and US AID to change their operational dynamics to confront the realities of state-building in conflict areas and to embrace ‘smart power’ in substance rather than rhetoric.

LIVE STREAM: Palestine’s Hanan Ashrawi On Pivoting Toward Final Status Negotiations



Today, the New America Foundation/Middle East Task Force is hosting PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi to offer a Palestinian perspective on how this week’s trilateral meeting in New York might be leveraged to get at the core strategic issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr.

Guest Post by Alexandra Taylor: Hezbollah Remains Strong in Southern Lebanon



Alexandra Taylor is a Research Intern with the New America Foundation. The rocket fire from a southern Lebanese village into Israel a little over a week ago by a relatively unknown militant group, the Ziad Jarrah Division of the Abdullah Azzam Brigade, is the most recent reminder of the tenuous peace across the Blue Line….

Obama at the UN Security Council



This morning, President Barack Obama will chair a head of state-level meeting of the UN Security Council on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament. The United States currently holds the Presidency of the Council. I’m up at the UN now, in the chambers getting ready to cover the meeting.

CNN’s Blogger Bunch on Ahmadinejad, Qaddafi, Middle East, Nukes & Obama



Embedded video from CNN Video’s Reggie Acqi hosted a terrific discussion with four bloggers — Adam Kushner of Newsweek; Omid Memarian from Human Rights Watch; Fausta Wertz of Faustasblog.