All Opinion

  • Rwanda 20 years later: A model for progress and reconciliation

    The progress Rwanda has achieved since its genocide may be the most significant example of human development of the past 20 years. Its governance should not be the subject of criticism, but should stand as a model for other nations seeking reconciliation.

  • Debate over standardized testing is focusing on the wrong questions

    The education debate should not be over whether students spend too must time testing, but on which tests are actually useful to teachers and improving instruction. Then we need to make district, state, and federal policy decisions based on this information.

  • Why I'm not afraid of Virginia Woolf – or the 'crisis' in the humanities

    A changing economy is precisely why we need young people educated in the humanities. These disciplines teach us to question – and better – the world around us. The crisis is not with the humanities. The crisis is with the failure to value them enough.

  • Beyond burqa bans: US must update laws on face veils

    It's time for the US to get its thoughts – and laws – in order regarding the niqab and burqa. The US can set a standard for how conservative Muslim dress can be integrated into a free, largely non-Muslim society while protecting both civil liberties and public safety.

  • Are e-cigarette marketers ensnaring the next generation of teen smokers?

    A new study found that teens who used e-cigarettes were more likely to be heavy tobacco cigarette smokers and less likely to quit. Yet America still lets the e-cig industry market to teens. We need to stop them with some strong regulations, just like we did with regular cigarettes.

  • Russia and the West are both being played by Ukraine's political elites

    Ukrainian political elites have repeatedly tried to fob off their failures onto Moscow and the West, while extorting maximal support from both. The West must make any cash handouts conditional on meeting protesters' demands for democratic reforms.

  • Seizing EU and US assets won't help Russia. It needs the investment.

    Russia’s upper house of parliament is considering measures that would allow it to seize the property and assets of European and US companies in the event of sanctions against Russia. The economic damage of such a self-defeating move should give the Russian leadership pause.

  • Humanitarian aid is the best, and only, solution for Syria

    The US and international community have run out of other options for addressing Syria’s bloody civil war. Greater humanitarian assistance can have a stabilizing effect, brings factions together, and paves the way for future cooperation. Without it, broken societies never mend.

  • US patience better than pressure for Afghan security deal

    Rather than pressuring Hamid Karzai to sign the bilateral security agreement now, waiting for the new Afghan president to sign the BSA gives it more legitimacy, may help end the Taliban insurgency, and will secure better US-Afghan relations for the future.

  • Reading the tea (party) leaves of GOP Senate primaries

    Republicans worry some of their primaries might produce tea party nominees who could be weak general election candidates. If victorious, others could fundamentally change the character of the Senate GOP. Unexpectedly close races could be a sign of enduring strength for the tea party.

  • 2014 GOP Senate primaries to watch

    Some tea party nominees could be weak general election candidates. Others could change the Senate. Here are six key primaries to watch.

  • Moral outrage – and action – needed on North Korea

    The world can no longer ignore the vast human suffering of North Korea's people under the Kim regime. The international community can, and must, take steps to support change – not as unlikely, but as inevitable.

  • 'Obamacare' isn't as bad – or good – as you've heard

    Entrenched myths and misinformation have made it nearly impossible to have needed fact-based conversations about the Affordable Care Act. Yet it is fact-based, constructive debate that has the potential to make the law better.

  • Will America forget its veterans?

    Communities should work to ensure that troops coming home have a better transition than my husband and I did. Give them the chance to use the superb skills the military gave them. We never forgot about you while we were deployed. Don’t forget about us when we come home.

  • US poor need practical assistance – not marriage classes

    Congress diverts millions in aid for poor families to marriage classes, mistaking the correlation between being poor or of color and being an unmarried parent as a causal link. Studies show Americans value marriage regardless of income or race, and relationship classes are ineffective.

  • Cities could be wildlife refuges of the future (+video)

    With more species going extinct, we must consider the potential of urban environments to serve as refuges for the survivors. Studies show that cities can support, protect, and even evolve wildlife biodiversity, providing opportunities for innovative approaches to conservation.

  • Democracy’s dangerous decline in Egypt and Turkey

    The US can no longer afford to remain mute on the erosion of freedom in these two key Mideast powers. While certain interests may tempt Washington to emphasize stability over democracy, this is a mistake. A look to Russia shows the fallacies of engaging with autocratic regimes.

  • 5 key regions that require more US attention

    The following regions and issues are among those critical to both short- and long-term US interests. They should draw greater US attention and diplomatic efforts.

  • Kerry’s focus on Israeli-Palestinian peace comes at great expense

    While forging a peace deal that ensures the security of Israel and the dignity of the Palestinians is a worthy goal, it's a long shot. Secretary of State John Kerry's time would be better spent pursuing vital US interests in Africa, Asia, and the broader Middle East region.

  • On Roe v. Wade anniversary: The past – and future – of US abortion politics

    The front lines of the abortion battle have shifted from the sidewalks in front of abortion clinics to state legislatures and the nation’s courts. The increasing professionalization of the antiabortion movement makes it clear that we are approaching a crossroads in the politics of abortion.