Diplomacy

How to Avoid the Same Old Mistakes in Iraq

How to Avoid the Same Old Mistakes in Iraq

June 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 06/18/14 By Michael Shank and Yemi Melka Forget military strikes. The U.S. should address sectarian tension by promoting regional cooperation. The best solution to the Middle East conflict is a policy based in regional teamwork. As fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the […]

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Dear Congress: Take Your Power Back

Dear Congress: Take Your Power Back

May 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 05/29/14 By Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers It’s time to end the president’s ability to wage nearly limitless war. Congress finally appears to be realizing that it has been providing neither checks nor balances to the president’s war powers for the last 13 years. While […]

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Yemen’s Chaos

Yemen’s Chaos

May 22, 2014 at 10:17 am

NATIONAL REVIEW 05/22/14 By Michael Shank The drone memo matters, but what the West is failing to do on the ground matters more. In Washington, D.C., it is rare for any adversarial country to remain in the forefront of foreign policy for very long. Yemen is an excellent example of […]

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EU-US Free Trade Zone ‘Deeply Problematic’ Without Developing Economies

EU-US Free Trade Zone ‘Deeply Problematic’ Without Developing Economies

May 20, 2014 at 9:48 am

RIA NOVOSTI 05/20/14 NEW YORK, May 20 (RIA Novosti) – It is “deeply problematic” for the EU and the US to promote a free trade zone deal that eschews big developing economies, according to a legislation expert for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby group. Supporters of […]

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Dirt on Our Hands

Dirt on Our Hands

April 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 04/29/14 By Michael Shank  and Daniel L. Davis Before allowing pride to further cloud sound judgment in global engagement, it is critical for America to bring back into balance an appropriate recognition of our country’s strengths – and a sober recognition of its weaknesses – […]

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Why I’m Going to Yemen

Why I’m Going to Yemen

April 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

HUFFINGTON POST 04/25/14 By Michael Shank Following on the heels of the “massive and unprecedented” U.S. drone strikes in Yemen this month, which killed scores of Yemenis, I’m headed there for a week’s worth of research. Admittedly, the timing isn’t great as al-Qaeda is likely keen to counter the Obama […]

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Experts to Analyze Ukraine Crisis, Crimea Conflict

Experts to Analyze Ukraine Crisis, Crimea Conflict

April 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

MASON NEWS 04/21/14 By Buzz McClain The drama of the conflict in Crimea comes to Arlington on April 23 when representatives from Ukraine and Russia share the stage during a program called “Beyond Crimea: The Evolution of the Crisis in Ukraine.” The April 23 forum will include — in addition […]

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How to Resolve the Crisis in Ukraine

How to Resolve the Crisis in Ukraine

April 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

CDN 04/18/14 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 — The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Congress, the Obama administration and policymakers throughout the European Union to adopt  policies toward the Ukraine crisis that deescalate the conflict while providing a constructive path forward. The diplomatic deal struck this […]

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Ukraine Diplomatic Deal: Necessary Next Steps

Ukraine Diplomatic Deal: Necessary Next Steps

April 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 04/17/14 By Michael Shank The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Congress, the Obama administration and policymakers throughout the European Union to adopt policies toward the Ukraine crisis that deescalate the conflict while providing a constructive path forward. The diplomatic deal struck this week by diplomats from […]

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The Dangers of Soft Power

The Dangers of Soft Power

April 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 04/14/14 By Michael Shank The United States Department of Defense used it recently in Yemen and Pakistan. The U.S. State Department is using it right now in Afghanistan and Nigeria. The U.S. Agency for International Development used it in the last elections in Kenya. It’s […]

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