China tries to outflank this year's Nobel Peace Prize with its own Confucius Peace Prize. As I learned as a judge at Japan's Miss International beauty contest, rising Asian nations aren't always good at besting the West.
Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabao will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this Friday in absentia. As a Nobel laureate himself, President Obama must take a clear stand on China's human rights abuses. On Friday, he should host a 'freedom summit' with other Nobel laureates.
Continuing technical challenges mean Iran is still probably 3 to 5 years away from acquiring a nuclear bomb. Diplomats should exploit that leverage.
A compromise deal with Republican leaders that extends the Bush tax cuts to all Americans puts country ahead of party. Democrats may howl, but the nation is better off with political progress instead of warfare.
We used to have César Chávez – because he was all we had. Now Latinos rally around no one unifying figure because we are an increasingly diverse population choosing our own leaders, Hispanic or not. That's the mark of self-determination and true progress.
Evgeny Morozov discusses the implications of WikiLeaks on open vs. closed societies, the paradox of attacking state power, and the future of Internet privacy.
Forget strict enforcement of sharia law. If Muslim leaders want to gain moral high ground, they have to fight corruption. On Transparency International's corruption index, only four Muslim majority countries ranked in the top 50. It's time to take a cue from the countries who did.
Congress should approve the tentative trade agreement with South Korea. It's a model for what the US should get from China and Japan.
President Obama's choices for Pentagon positions next year – secretary of Defense and four Joint Chiefs – must not be influenced by compatibility. Instead, he needs leaders with objectivity and experience, who aren't afraid to be candid. Nothing less than American safety is at stake.
Parents can be forgiven -- and should be applauded -- for wanting the best for their kids. But a key part of parenting is getting out of the way.
We know more about the world after the WikiLeaks dump. But because trust and confidentiality are essential in diplomacy, we'll soon know less.
The Iran nuclear talks that start Monday in Geneva come after a long year of tougher sanctions and other setbacks for Iran. Obama needs to be cautious about Iranian delay tactics.
The usual approach to terror prevention and conflict resolution hasn't gotten results. It's time we start using our most underutilized, valuable security asset – women. From Northern Ireland to Liberia, women have helped broker peace where military efforts and traditional negotiations failed.
The West needs to be careful what it wishes for. Western capitals want China to be more responsible and active, but they don’t like it when Beijing is more assertive. China wants respect, but not responsibility.
Without 14 votes in favor, the deficit commission draft plan won't be formally recommended to Congress. That will mean considering pieces of it, or other ideas, to reduce the deficit.