Core issues from South Sudan's independence from Sudan remain unresolved, like sharing oil revenue. But the current rhythm of fight, talk, fight, talk is unsustainable, says guest blogger.
The United Nations Security Council secured Russia's critical backing yesterday for a statement backing envoy Kofi Annan's peacemaking plan. The step marks a distinct shift in Russia's stance.
Last week the criticism focused on the questionable credentials of the Arab League Syria mission's leader. This week it is about whether the mission is capable of doing its job.
Former Czech President Vaclav Havel was a victim of communist dictatorship; North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was a communist dictator. It is time to correct a historic injustice and award Havel the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously for his lifetime achievements.
Japan's government declared that the damaged reactors from the Fukushima disaster were 'stable.' Not everyone is convinced.
Voice of America (VOA), the jewel in America's public diplomacy effort abroad, is set to be streamlined. Some programs can be downsized. But VOA is in the national interest, especially as Russia, China, and Iran expand state-supported media. Cuts should be handled with care.
Letters to the Editor for the weekly issue of December 12, 2011: One reader asks, how long until America's enemies acquire drone technology and attack the US? Another: Didn't the US abandon Hungarians to a Soviet crackdown after Voice of America broadcasts encouraged rebellion? A third reader explains: Real presidential leaders seek out people who don't agree with them.